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  1. NBA owners, players meet for 16 hours, back at it Wednesday

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:45 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    NBA owners and players sat across the table from each other for 16 hours on Tuesday, a meeting that bled past 2 a.m. Wednesday. The good news is that after a handful of hours off the two sides will be back at it at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. But reports are saying not a lot…

  2. Owners, players to meet together with mediator Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    David Stern

    Tuesday is the latest key day in a long line of key days that has led us down a path where two weeks of the NBA season have been lost and more are threatened. Tuesday NBA owners and players will sit down with the respected George Cohen — director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation…

  3. League exec spins that “Garnett (expletive) everything up”

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome to the latest phase of the battle for your hearts and minds. We learned over the weekend that it was veteran NBA stars — Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and Paul Pierce — who were at the forefront on the players side of shooting down and discussions of the players and owners doing a 50/50…

  4. Federal mediator to meet separately with both sides Monday

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Federal mediator George Cohen enters the NBA labor picture on Monday. Which is good, he could help the NBA players and owners break their stalemate. That is, if both sides really want to break it. If both sides are willing to compromise a little more. Cohen will meet separately with groups from the NBA owners…

  5. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    David Stern is winning the war of public perception. Regular readers here know how I assign blame for the lockout and missed games, but make no mistake that in the court of public opinion the players are going to be the big losers. We know the players, while the owners are faceless (save Mark Cuban).…

  6. Labor Relations Board will not throw out players’ case

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It is a small victory for the NBA players, but it’s the first one they have gotten in a while in the labor negotiations. Back early in the negotiations, before the lockout even started, the players union filed a complaint against the owners with the National Labor Relations Board, saying the owners were not negotiating…

  7. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

    padlockap

    You’ve been reading all these headlines about the league canceling the first two weeks of the NBA season and how federal mediators have to come in and rather than read long, detailed, number-laden posts about percentages of basketball related income and restrictive luxury tax systems, you just want a simple explanation. Something visual. You can…

  8. Players union VP Mo Evans still talking tough. Great.

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    NBA Labor Negotiations

    We tried to explain this to you yesterday — and judging from the comments a lot of you don’t like our explanation — but it remains true: The NBA players are rejecting offers from the owners because they don’t see them as fair. From their view it’s not about how much money they will or…

  9. NBA owners, players to meet, bring in federal mediator Tuesday

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    UPDATE 9:01 pm: The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday now and we know the mediator will be George Cohen. That wold be the same Cohen who was the mediator for the NFL in their dispute. He made no progress there — they met before their eventual lockout — and some around those talks…

  10. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  11. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  12. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EST

    money

    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  13. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  14. NBA owners take big risk playing fans for fools

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:19 AM EST

    David Stern

    It would take some real fools to shut down their $4 billion a year business in the middle of the worst recession in generations because the more than $1 billion over six years they just got back from the workers was not good enough. However, the NBA owners are not fools. They think you are.…

  15. NBA cancels first two weeks of season after talks stall out

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    NBA owners and players met for more than seven hours on Monday, but that was not enough to save the start of the season. NBA Commissioner David Stern emerged from the talks, said he was sad then added the first two weeks of the NBA’s regular season have been canceled. Those games were set to…

  16. What has to happen Monday for an NBA labor deal? A lot.

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Monday in Manhattan, NBA league officials and union leaders will again sit down across the table from each other in a posh hotel and try to hash out a deal — or at least go through the motions of it. If they don’t reach a handshake agreement today the league will cancel the first couple…

  17. Psych! NBA, NBPA end meetings, will resume Monday

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:09 AM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The NBA and NBPA met for five-plus hours Sunday night  and all they have to show for it is another meeting. After being faced with the very real possibility of losing games in a cancellation announcement expected Monday, the two sides reportedly did not discuss BRI, the biggest issue between them, did not reach much…

  18. Owners, players can’t agree to meet; start of season doomed

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    UPDATE 8:50 pm: If you were holding out hope for a last minute settlement to save the full NBA season, you should grab another beer. Or towel to cry into. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver basically confirmed the leaks from the union we passed along before (just keep scrolling down) — the league is not…

  19. Agent asks: Why don’t NBA fans get some rollbacks?

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

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    We are just a weekend away from seeing NBA regular season games canceled. Why? Because the two sides can’t decide how to divide up the fans’ money. The money fans pay in ticket prices. The money paid for overpriced beers and parking spots. The money sponsors pay to reach those fans. The money television networks…

  20. Did both owners, players make their “best offer?” Probably not.

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, you need to treat every rumor you hear about the NBA labor negotiations like you treat (or should treat) every rumor the week before the NBA trade deadline — assume it is someone trying to gain leverage. For example, when we all hear that player “X” is close to being traded then suddenly…

  21. How far are the NBA and players, really? Well, it depends…

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    NHL Season Cancelled

    This much is clear — the NBA and its players union are much closer to a deal today than they were a week ago. Tuesday’s intense negotiations may have ended with threats of the first weeks of the season being canceled, but it also saw real progress. First, they are finally talking about the real…

  22. Sunday will be the day if full NBA season to be saved

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern set the deadline — if there is no handshake deal between NBA owners and players by Monday, the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The two sides are playing a game of chicken. But if the season is to be saved, it has to happen Sunday. After talks…

  23. Report: Canceling NBA’s first two weeks would cost players $200 million

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:46 PM EST

    money

    The money is about to start piling up. Up until now, the costs of the lockout have been largely theoretical to the NBA owners and players (not so much the staff of the teams, but that’s another story). But the loss of the NBA preseason will cost the owners about $200 million, league officials said…

  24. Looking at NBA’s “game of Chicken” from the outside

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    On one hand, you can see where the NBA and its players are close to a deal, one that is within reach — they are just a couple percentage points apart. Of course, that is $500 million over the course of a deal, so it’s not a small amount, but still the sides seem close.…

  25. Union letter tells players deal close but they have given enough

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    derek Fisher

    I’ll say this for the NBA players union, they have revived the lost art of letter writing. Once again National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter have reached out to their constituency with a letter. Although clearly the message of that letter (which they knew would be leaked) was aimed at…

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