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  1. Leadership of NBA owners, players union to meet Thursday

    Sep 21, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The good news is the owners and players are back in the same room talking again. On Thursday that will include the leadership of both sides — Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver for the owners, union president Derek Fisher and union Director Billy Hunter. Some attorneys and economists from both sides will…

  2. Report: Owners, players to meet in small groups this week

    Sep 20, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The only way there is going to be an NBA season — whether full or partial — is if the owners and players keep talking and hammering out their differences. So this tweet that owners and players will sit down and start talking again is a positive. Chris Broussard of ESPN broke the news on…

  3. Report: Players were led to believe breakthrough was near

    Sep 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Before last week’s big meeting on Tuesday, there was a lot of optimism in the air — plenty of people were suggesting a labor deal could be close (whether they meant to tweet it or not). Then Tuesday broke up with both sides disappointed. The players agreed to drop their share of basketball related income…

  4. Agents not looking to blow up players’ union, says agent

    Sep 19, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    If you’ve followed the lockout at all you’ve heard the refrain: The agents all hate union head Billy Hunter. They want to be aggressive and use decertification — destroying the union to save it. They will run over Hunter to get what they want. That’s never really been true, not totally anyway. What NBA player…

  5. Why do some big market owners want a hard salary cap? Money. Why else?

    Sep 18, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    money

    The split among the owners — and there is a split among the owners on what should be in the next labor deal — is not as clean and not along all the lines most think. The conventional wisdom goes that the profitable big market teams oppose a hard salary cap because they like their…

  6. Report: Owners of Cavs, Suns killed potential labor deal

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:19 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert

    UPDATE 10:19 pm: David Stern called this report “incorrect and fictional” in his press conference following Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meetings. You can take that as the gospel truth or you can take it as Stern covering the backside of his owners. We all know this was the only thing Stern could say, he had…

  7. Stern says owners unified, “vast majority” favor hard cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    David Stern

    A few hours after the players told a tale unity it was the owners turn. At least we didn’t have to see a bunch of them in “stand” T-shirts. David Stern emerged from more than four hours of meetings with the NBA owners Thursday and said that despite reports to the contrary the owners are unified.…

  8. NBA players’ union stresses unity after meeting

    Sep 15, 2011, 5:40 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher speaks to reporters after taking part in contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter didn’t lead the players in a rendition of “Kumbaya” at the post-meeting press conference, but it was pretty close. After stalled out negotiations with the league followed by days of stories about how a group of powerful agents are trying to force decertification on the NBA players union — to break up…

  9. Fisher sends letter to NBA players stating case, smacking agents

    Sep 15, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    NBA players union president Derek Fisher is making his case directly to the players. And he’s trying to get control of Thursday’s NBA players meeting in Las Vegas before it even starts. Fisher sent a letter to every NBA player Thursday, one that was leaked to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. (Fisher said in the…

  10. Lakers owners good with revenue sharing, hard salary cap

    Sep 15, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The NBA players union keeps waiting for the owners to crack. We know there are divisions between the hawks — owners that want to radically alter the league’s financial structure — and the doves that want to get on with the season. We know larger markets have concerns about revenue sharing proposals. There are divisions.…

  11. Players union pushes back on agents talking decertification

    Sep 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Here is the bottom line — the division between the leaders of the NBA players union and agents pushing for decertification of the NBA players union is bad news for players trying to keep as much of the old system as they can in these labor negotiations. Divided they will fall. Hard. Which is why…

  12. NFL union’s DeMaurice Smith will speak to NBA players Thursday

    Sep 15, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Bud Light And Marcus Allen Launch NFL Fan Camp

    I’ll take “Stars from other lockouts” for 200 Alex… Apparently DeMaurice Smith is a lockout junky. Can’t get enough. You remember Smith from the NFL lockout — he is the head of the NFL Players Association. Well, he’s back. Smith is set to speak to the NBA players at their meeting Thursday in Las Vegas,…

  13. Players sound pessimistic on chances for deal anytime soon

    Sep 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    derek Fisher

    Thursday in Las Vegas, players union president Derek Fisher and executive director Billy Hunter are going to face some tough questions from their rank and file constituents in a closed meeting — it will be 77 days since the lockout started and the players feel like negotiations are at square one. Basically because they are.…

  14. How a hard salary cap could hurt team play in the NBA

    Sep 14, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    basketball shot

    We know what a lot of you think — the NBA is filled with a bunch of ball-hogs playing isolation hoops every time down. There is no team play. Wrong. Certainly not true of your NBA champion Dallas Mavericks, where teamwork make the whole greater than the sum of its parts. Or there is Phil…

  15. Report: Five top agents pushing for union to decertify

    Sep 14, 2011, 1:29 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    A couple months back, agents were pushing to blow up the players union. A group of agents met with players’ union executive director Billy Hunter and urged him to take the aggressive approach of decertifying the union (what the NFL union did right at the start of their negotiations). That followed by and anti-trust lawsuit…

  16. There’s still hope in NBA talks, but it comes down to money

    Sep 13, 2011, 11:17 PM EDT

    lockout

    Tuesday was not a good day for NBA fans. If you were hoping for an NBA season that will start on time and have 82 games, Tuesday sucked. What is clear right now is that the two sides are far apart, and that while there is time to get a deal so training camps could…

  17. “Disappointing” negotiations lead to talk of half NBA season missed

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Any optimism you had after last week’s NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement talks can be put on the pile of now outdated, useless junk with your Commodore 64 and cassette tape Walkman. Tuesday’s meeting of expanded negotiating teams in New York ended with everyone calling it “disappointing” and saying a deal is nowhere near close. Here…

  18. Winderman: Average NBA player can’t miss full season

    Sep 13, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    In many respects, the resolve of the NBA players’ union is laudable. They insist they will not be railroaded into an owner-friendly agreement just to get back on the court. Based on the pessimism coming out of Tuesday’s negotiations in New York, we seemingly are back to the notion that nothing gets done until the…

  19. Civility is nice, but will there be NBA labor progress?

    Sep 13, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    In the last two weeks there have been three long meetings between the lead negotiators of the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association (the union). What has mattered most — what has sparked optimism in some corners — is the lack of rancor. After early meetings there was real frustration and anger on both…

  20. Next week we find out if owners, players can save season

    Sep 9, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    Was there progress in the labor negotiations between the owners and the players last week? Depends on who you ask. Ask Chris Sheridan (he formerly of ESPN and AP) and he says there is a 70 to 80 percent chance the NBA season will start on time Nov. 1. There are other whispers out there…

  21. “Intense” owners, players talks lead to expanded meetings

    Sep 8, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    For the second time in two days and the third time in two weeks, a core group from the NBA league office and the NBA players union had a more than five-hour negotiating session. NBA Commissioner David Stern called the meetings “intense.” We don’t know what has been discussed, what potential compromises or deals have…

  22. About the players not getting paychecks… they are about to

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    money

    One of the theories on why the owners were going to get the best of the players in this round of NBA labor negotiations was the old “millionaires vs. billionaires” premise. Basically, the owners have more money, the players make a lot of money but spend a lot of money. Once the players missed a…

  23. NBA owners may be willing to sacrifice preseason

    Sep 8, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Suns preseason

    When the threat of the NFL’s missing preseason games due to the lockout hit, it put real pressure on that league’s owners. The NFL plays its preseason games in the same stadiums it does its regular season (mostly) and if you buy NFL season tickets, you have pay full game price for those preseason games.…

  24. Are things looking up in labor negotiations or not?

    Sep 8, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    NBA: NOV 16 Pistons v Lakers

    Nature abhors a vacuum. So do news agencies, blogs (including us) and apparently agents. So the fact that there has been no talk from the principles involved in a series of owner/player meetings —  a six-hour meeting last week, a more than five hour meeting Wednesday and another planned for Thursday — has led to…

  25. After 5 1/2 hours, owners and players agree to meet Thursday

    Sep 7, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from members of the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York

    NBA owners and players met for more than five hours in Manhattan on Wednesday and the two sides have agreed to meet again on Thursday and they may meet again on Thursday. That is the report via twitter from hoops writers on the scene (like CBS’s Ken Berger and the New York Times Howard Beck). We…

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