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NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement

  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. “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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. “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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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.…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. Players tentative, think labor talks finally getting serious

    Sep 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    NBA players are thinking a lot like us. That talks during first few months of the NBA lockout were more theater than negotiations. That now things are changing. Suns swingman Jared Dudley is in Las Vegas right now getting in shape for the eventual season and he and other NBA players will be competing in…

  17. Report: NBA owners want to add third round to draft

    Sep 7, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    2011 NBA Draft

    Well, this is one we didn’t see coming. And frankly it doesn’t make a ton of sense. But according to Chris Sheridan over at the new Sheridan Hoops (two days old and two great posts, well done sir), the NBA owners are requesting a third round to the NBA draft. SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA…

  18. Union, NBA lawyers to meet with judge about league lawsuit

    Sep 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Wednesday, while the head of the NBA players union — president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter — are negotiating with David Stern, the union’s lawyers will be talking to a judge. Remember last month the league filed a lawsuit against the union, essentially trying to block the union’s path to decertification. According to Ken…

  19. Owners, players talking Wednesday, Thursday, maybe Friday

    Sep 6, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    All optimism on the NBA labor talks front starts with this — at least they are talking. We told you last week that the two sides apparently were set to meet on Wednesday and try to move toward an agreement, something that ESPN’s Chris Broussard confirmed. But he added more details, suggesting the pace of…

  20. Are owners, players closer than we think to a deal?

    Sep 6, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The conventional wisdom — based on the words out of the mouths of David Stern, Billy Hunter and basically everyone who has been in on one of the NBA labor negotiations — is that the two sides are nowhere near a deal. They are finally getting serious about the negotiations, but the sides remain far…

  21. Report: NBA owners, players to meet again next week

    Sep 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    It’s not really a shock, the owners and players said they were going to meet again after Wednesday’s get together. But you also knew despite the attempt of both sides to go into radio silence word would leak out about another meeting. It has, it’s next week, according to Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. According…

  22. NBA owners, players may be talking but don’t think a deal is near

    Sep 1, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    There are signs of optimism out of the owners and players meeting Wednesday — they are going to stop trying to win the public relations battle through the media and they are keeping future meetings under wraps. The two sides said little else after a six-hour meeting in New York. Good. I’m all for transparency…

  23. Do owner, player negotiations finally get serious Wednesday?

    Aug 31, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Wednesday in Manhattan, NBA commissioner David Stern and players’ union director Billy Hunter are going to sit down in a room across the table from each other and talk new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. They have done that a few times in various settings, exchanging a few proposals, for two years now. With absolutely no…

  24. Report: League sets Sept. 15 deadline before camps, preseason canceled

    Aug 29, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    The NBA has started its campaign to ratchet up the pressure on the players to reach a deal when negotiations between the two sides start again this Wednesday. That pressure — cancellations of the start of training camps and preseason games — was leaked to Hoopsworld’s Steve Kyler. League sources have pegged September 15th as…

  25. Report: Owners, players meeting set for Wednesday

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    lockout

    We’re still not sure what good it will do, we’re not convinced the two sides really feel the pressure to compromise and reach a deal, but they will meet in a few days. PBT has reported a meeting is coming, and that it would feature only high-ranking officials. Now, we have a few more details…

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