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NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement

  1. NBA owners, players to meet Wednesday afternoon

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You knew — or at least hoped — the two sides would sit down one more time and talk before David Stern’s self-imposed deadline. We’ll see if it does any good, but the two sides will meet around 1 p.m. Eastern in New York according to multiple reports (ESPN’s Chris Broussard broke it). The league…

  2. Okay owners, time for you to give a little and make the deal

    Nov 9, 2011, 8:43 AM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    It’s really this simple: If the players have come to 50/50 in terms of a basketball related income split, this is all on the owners. If negotiations fail Wednesday it is on ownership. If there is no season blame Michael Jordan not Derrick Rose. Blame Robert Sarver not Steve Nash. Blame Dan Gilbert not LeBron…

  3. Union wants to negotiate, Stern says no wiggle room in offer

    Nov 8, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    lock

    After a long day of negotiations through the media, we stand looking off the cliff of a lost NBA season, and there are not a lot of positive signs on the horizon. Here are where things stand as of this writing. First, there are no meetings planned between the owners and players union for Wednesday.…

  4. Union attorney says owners treat players like “plantation workers”

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:44 PM EST

    NBA Commissioner Stern holds a news conference before Game 1 of the NBA Finals basketball series between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Miami

    In case you think the NBA owners and players might tone down the rhetoric and start to negotiate like adults, we bring you this. Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler — one of the top sports labor attorneys and the nation — went back to the “plantation” reference with NBA Commissioner David Stern (as Bryant Gumbel had…

  5. Hunter: League about to cancel games through Christmas

    Nov 8, 2011, 7:48 PM EST

    Santas

    Bah humbug. Among all the information thrown out there during the NBA players union press conference rejecting David Stern’s ultimatum offer, there was this little bit from director Billy Hunter: He has heard the league is going to cancel games through Christmas if there is no deal by 5 p.m. Wednesday (his drop-dead date). The…

  6. Bill Clinton walked into NBA union’s press conference. Yes, really.

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    Fisher-Clinton

    Is Bill Clinton now down with the NBA players? And if so, does that really help their cause against a bunch of Republican team owners? During the media scrum that followed the NBA players union’s press conference Wednesday, in strolled former president Clinton. He came to see fellow Arkansas native Derek Fisher and according to…

  7. NBA players taking tactic out of John F. Kennedy’s arsenal

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Time for a little history: During the Cuban missile crisis, Russia and the United States were working on a back-channels deal that was essentially the Russians take their missiles out of Cuba and the United States would end its blockade and not invade the island nation. Then as that deal got close a letter from…

  8. NBA players reject Stern’s ultimatum, want more negotiations

    Nov 8, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

    NBPA Representatives Meet To Discuss NBA Lockout

    The NBA players have made their position clear — they are not taking your deal, David Stern. They reject your ultimatum. They want to keep negotiating, but need more system changes to make a deal. And don’t expect that deal before Stern’s deadline of end of business Wednesday. After which he said the owners would…

  9. Derek Fisher is unpaid for most thankless job in NBA

    Nov 8, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    Derek Fisher can’t win right now. On one side he has teammates (Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake) pretty much ready to take the owners’ last offer and get back on the court. On the other, he has hardline players (Paul Pierce is your ring leader) and agents incensed the union has given up as much…

  10. David Stern: “We are going to make a deal”

    Nov 8, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    NBA Commissioner is back on his media tour bus… in a metaphorical sense. Stern wouldn’t actually get on a bus. But he is doing a lot of media interviews right now as he spins his side of the ugly lockout story and essentially tries to talk to the players directly about taking the deal on…

  11. David Stern’s pitch to players through ESPN

    Nov 8, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    In case you missed it — because you have a life and might have better things to do than follow the minutia of the NBA lockout as it flies into the abyss — we wanted you to read what David Stern was selling Monday afternoon. He went on ESPN for an interview, but really this…

  12. Report: Owners could be open to minor system tweaks

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:57 AM EST

    National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern, speaks after taking part in contract negotiations between NBA and players association in New York

    If the owners and players sit down and talk before Wednesday’s deadline set by David Stern, the owners might be willing to make some tweaks to the system they have laid out. The system has been part of the issue. Union president Derek Fisher has suggested he is willing to move more on split of league…

  13. Tolliver admits union membership divided on next move

    Nov 8, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Tolliver_wolves

    Some NBA players want to put David Stern’s ultimatum offer to a vote, take it and get back on the court. Some NBA players want to start the process to decertify the union and fight the owners fire with fire. It leaves union president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter in a no win situation…

  14. Report: Hardline NBA owners had conference call Monday

    Nov 8, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    To the hardline NBA owners, Steve Blake is the enemy. The NBA’s hardline owners spoke Monday on a conference call that did not include David Stern, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. Since Stern was not on the call this was essentially some form of group therapy and reinforcement, but apparently it did take place.…

  15. Owners, players may meet Tuesday. That would make Kobe happy.

    Nov 7, 2011, 7:49 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    What Kobe Bryant wants, Kobe Bryant gets. Okay, it’s not that simple, but in this case it could be a good thing. The NBA owners and players are trying to set up one last meeting before David Stern’s Wednesday deadline, reported Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA and Players Association are discussing setting up a meeting…

  16. Union membership clearly divided on Stern’s ultimatum

    Nov 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Union leadership is clear — they don’t like the latest offer from David Stern and the league. They think it is unfair. They don’t think the owners have given enough on system issues for the players to come down from getting 51 percent of league revenues (and plenty within union leadership don’t even want to…

  17. Salary rollbacks part of new owner offer to come Thursday

    Nov 7, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    UPDATE 2:01 pm: Over at the New York Times, Howard Beck has gotten a hold of a copy of the letter David Stern sent to the union about their “reset” proposal. Here are the “highlights” (or lowlights, if you wanted to see NBA basketball this season): The “reset” proposal features a flex-cap system that contains…

  18. Talking decertification, union moves with CBA expert Larry Coon

    Nov 7, 2011, 1:27 PM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    If an NBA writer has a labor question — specifically a question about the Collective Bargaining Agreement — we call Larry Coon. Pretty much all of us do. He wrote the CBA FAQ that is a go-to resource not only for NBA writers and fans but some agents. And know that some NBA teams have…

  19. Tyson Chandler says new labor deal could keep him from Mavs

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    Tyson Chandler of the Dallas Mavericks c

    The Dallas Mavericks’ title defense could take a real hit from the new NBA collective bargaining agreement. Dallas is already over the salary cap wit $60 million in salary committed for next season, and they have multiple key free agents they want to re-sign — Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler, DeShawn Stevenson, and J.J. Barea. The…

  20. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  21. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EST

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  22. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  23. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  24. Video: What “basketball never stops” means to LeBron, Durant

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:13 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, LeBron James

    Nike, they are good at this marketing thing. While the NBA has been locked out and we have been talking about percentages of BRI and other stuff off the court, Nike has been running their “basketball never sleeps” campaign. Kevin Durant has been the living embodiment if it, so it seems. This video has Durant,…

  25. Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit…

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