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NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement

  1. Owners come to agreement on new revenue sharing plan

    Oct 20, 2011, 1:57 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    The players demanded greater revenue sharing among the owners be part of the labor deal. The small market owners demanded it as well — they wanted the rich guys to share. They got it, a new plan was approved in concept at Thursday’s Board of Governor’s meeting, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told the assembled media.…

  2. Owners, players reportedly closer to figuring out money split

    Oct 20, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    AP Money Found

    It’s all about the money. Both sides have tried to tell us that the NBA lockout was about other stuff, but make no mistake it is all about the money. And they may be closer to figuring that out. Multiple reports out of Wednesday’s eight-hour plus bargaining session in New York have said that the…

  3. Players, owners see incremental progress on second long day of meetings

    Oct 19, 2011, 7:23 PM EDT

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    Representatives of the NBA owners and players have sat in the same room with federal mediator George Cohen for more than 24 hours over two days. That will have to do for progress; the two sides do not have a deal yet. But while there was no breakthrough, there was some progress on the key…

  4. Winderman: NBA should make D-League into true minor league

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

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    Somehow, you get the sense the ancillary issues in the NBA’s collective-bargaining agreement aren’t exactly receiving prime focus during these marathon mediation sessions. At this stage, you basically take the league’s substance-abuse program from the expired CBA, update with a few new pharmaceuticals, and reinsert those pages in a new agreement. To a degree, that…

  5. David Stern’s PR tactics compared to picking up a woman

    Oct 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA owners are winning the public relations battle. Not because the owners are in the right, they are not. But rather we know the players and can’t relate to them and their salaries, even when they offer to take less money (which they have). Also, David Stern is far better at the PR game…

  6. Little progress made in 16 hours of labor talks. That’s not good.

    Oct 19, 2011, 9:41 AM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    We’re past the point where saying “at least they’re still talking” makes me feel very good. Yet that’s the only real takeaway from Tuesday’s marathon NBA labor negotiation session. NBA owners and players met for 16 hours on Tuesday and the best news anybody had to report — all off the record, as there were…

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

    Oct 19, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    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…

  8. Bryant Gumbel compares David Stern to “plantation overseer”

    Oct 19, 2011, 12:36 AM EDT

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    Bryant Gumbel closed out Tuesday night’s new episode of HBO’s Real Sports with some incendiary comments on David Stern — comments made while Stern was meeting with Billy Hunter and the players union, along with a federal mediator. What follows is the entire closing comments, courtesy HBO (the video is below). Know that some players…

  9. City of Memphis could sue NBA over lost lockout revenue

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Memphis — like virtually every other city in the United States — is hurting for money. That’s money that goes to important things like police and fire departments, libraries and the like. All of those things face cutbacks. Memphis also owns the FedExForum, where the Grizzlies play. That was built with money from revenue bonds…

  10. Extending NBA season not so simple

    Oct 18, 2011, 7:36 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The idea — the hope — goes like this: federal mediator George Cohen is a genius, he gets the NBA owners and players on a track where they get a deal done soon, they start the season a few weeks late but the NBA looks for ways to still pack in a full 82 games…

  11. Could assistant coaches be the lockout bellwether? Maybe.

    Oct 18, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for some optimism coming out of the ongoing lockout talks, we have something for you. Maybe. The New York Post spoke with long-time NBA agent and attorney Steve Kauffman, who relayed this bit of information. Kauffman said he has noticed an increase in calls from NBA teams in recent days, looking to…

  12. One other labor sticking point — contract lengths

    Oct 18, 2011, 11:55 AM EDT

    NBA basketball spaulding

    Make no mistake, the lockout is all about the money. It’s about the split of basketball related income. And while the ownership side preaches “competitive balance” what that really is about is money — keeping big market teams from spending it and using the luxury tax to distribute more of that money to smaller markets.…

  13. Owners, players to meet together with mediator Tuesday

    Oct 18, 2011, 8:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 17, 2011, 8:06 PM EDT

    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…

  15. If NBA cancels season, should NBA players boycott Olympics?

    Oct 17, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Technically, USA basketball and the NBA are separate entities making separate decisions. Yet the two are so intertwined with sharing players and David Stern’s globalization of the game efforts — not to mention Nike’s influence — that it’s hard to tell them apart. Which had Matt Steinmetz of CSNBayArea.com suggesting that the players should use…

  16. Report: Feds might block NBA union decertification attempt

    Oct 17, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Fortunately, in recent weeks, talk of the NBA players union decertifying has cooled off. It’s good because if the players did it at this point, you could kiss the season goodbye. But even if the players wanted to decertify the union — voting essentially to dissolve the union — the federal government might block it.…

  17. Federal mediator to meet separately with both sides Monday

    Oct 17, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    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…

  18. David Stern goes on the offensive during media tour

    Oct 14, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    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).…

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

    Oct 14, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    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…

  20. Dennis Rodman says players should “bow down” to owners

    Oct 14, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony - Red Carpet

    Note to Derek Fisher: Don’t invite Dennis Rodman to speak at the National Basketball Players Association meeting in Los Angeles Friday. The newly minted Hall of Famer is on the owners’ side. Completely. He was in Toronto for the Pattison Canadian International (a big horse race in the Breeders Cup series) and when asked about…

  21. NBA lockout explained through Taiwanese animation

    Oct 13, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Oct 13, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    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…

  25. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    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…

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