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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Report: Owners, players meeting set for Wednesday

    Aug 29, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

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    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…

  5. Where is the eventual middle ground of players/owners deal?

    Aug 26, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Right now, the NBA owners are playing hardball and the players are playing goalie. The owners want to change the system, the players are trying to keep as much of the current system as they can. Both sides are dug in. Eventually there will be a deal. The question is, where will the eventual middle…

  6. Report: Only top executives to attend next week’s bargaining session

    Aug 26, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to say if this will turn out to be fruitful or not, but it is interesting. We told you that the players union and league were expected to meet next week in New York (only the second official bargaining session since the lockout started July 1). Not only is that a go, it…

  7. NBA keeps going about its business as if nothing is wrong

    Aug 25, 2011, 7:56 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We all had a good laugh when the NBA released its schedule last month. We circled the games on the schedule we wished we were going to see, all with a nod and a wink knowing there was little to no chance of that schedule, in an unaltered form, taking place. Then the preseason schedule…

  8. Mo Evans reiterates just how far apart owners, players are

    Aug 25, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Negotiations Continue As Deadline Looms

    Great news — the owners and players reportedly will sit down at a table next week and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. And maybe a season. Not that it will do any good. Don’t believe me? Look at what National Basketball Players Association VP Mo Evans told Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated then tell…

  9. One thing the owners really want — to get out of bad deals

    Aug 25, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Arenas_beardshot

    Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA. That seems fair. Rashard Lewis will be second at $22.1 million. Gilbert Arenas will be fifth at $19.2 million. Antawn Jamison will make $15 million. There are some terrible deals in the NBA landscape and one of the real sticking points in…

  10. Report: NBA players, owners to meet next week. Maybe.

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:54 PM EDT

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    There are conflicting reports out there about future meetings between the players and owners next week. But we are optimists, we believe a meeting will happen. Even if we have to close our eyes, plug our nose and act like a three-year-old in front of a plate of Brussels sprouts to avoid reality. The owners…

  11. Arena operators could lose $1 billion if lockout costs season

    Aug 24, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    TD Boston Garden

    It’s not just the owners and the players. It’s their fight, but in the end they are far from the only ones getting hurt by an extended lockout. For example, lets talk about the companies that own the arenas where NBA teams play their games — those companies could lose $1 billion if the lockout…

  12. LaMarcus Aldridge willing to lose season to get “fair deal”

    Aug 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    As we’ve talked about before, we’ve heard from some owners that are willing to scrap the entire 2011-12 season to get a deal that works for them. Remember, six NBA owners also own NHL teams, guys who know that path. Now we’ve got a player saying the same thing. Great. Just great. LaMarcus Aldridge was…

  13. Malcolm Gladwell says owners shouldn’t expect to make money

    Aug 23, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Is owning a sports franchise a business or a toy? Right now, the NBA owners are telling you the NBA is a business, and a bad one at that. One that needs to be fixed. Even if it means costing an NBA season. But you look at owners like Mark Cuban and you see him…

  14. Report: Players, owners will not meet next week. Why would they?

    Aug 20, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We passed along last week — as the one silver lining out of the union meetings that took place — that the union would try to set up a bargaining session with the league next week. Turns out, doesn’t look that will happen. The report comes from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (part of his look…

  15. Kobe makes plea for players to stand behind union

    Aug 17, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    There are owners counting on the players union coming apart at the seams. They are counting on players used to an extravagant lifestyle who, once they miss a couple paychecks, will start putting pressure on union head Billy Hunter to get a deal done fast. A deal on the owners’ terms. (The players would not…

  16. Love says players want compromise but will not roll over

    Aug 17, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Kevin Love 2

    The players are not winning the public relations battle with the lockout. Frankly, they can’t. The average sports fan knows the owners are ultra-rich, but they don’t relate to 20-somethings making millions. The players tend to get blamed for a lockout, no matter whose not budging. The NBA players realize they are going to come…

  17. Report: NBA owners, players may not meet until September

    Aug 16, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You want to know why more and more I’ve become convinced that NBA games will be lost (and I didn’t want to admit that)? Simple: You’re not going to get a deal until there is a sense of urgency to get a deal done. Now, read these two paragraphs from Alan Hahn at Newsday and…

  18. What kind of negotiator is union head Billy Hunter?

    Aug 15, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    We know David Stern. Or, at least we think we know David Stern. We kind of have a picture of him as the smooth lawyer who plays the PR game when the cameras are on then is blunt and plays hardball at the negotiating table. But how much do we really know about the guy…

  19. Stern says NBA will talk contraction after new CBA

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:19 AM EDT

    Nobody really believes that contraction will be part of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement… heck, I’m far more concerned about when there will be a new CBA. Contraction is an issue that seems to be off the table. But don’t think contraction talk is dead completely. David Stern spoke with ESPN’s Bill Simmons on his…

  20. David Stern talks lockout, spews usual rhetoric

    Aug 12, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern is at the basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies this weekend. Last night he was shaking the hand of the Knicks Chauncey Billups, who is being recognized for his charity work. He was doing what a commissioner should do. But the cloud of the lockout looms over everything, including the Hall. When asked…

  21. Stern says players cancelled Thursday meeting, Union denies

    Aug 11, 2011, 11:32 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    UPDATE 11:32 pm: As expected, the players union denies David Sterns claim. Here is the money graph from Yahoo Sports, quoting a union source: “The NBA refused to have a staff meeting [Thursday],” a union official said. “Billy Hunter has been with the [National Labor Relations Board] the entire week, including Thursday, and the NBPA…

  22. Billy Hunter meets with Labor Relations Board. And we wait.

    Aug 11, 2011, 4:34 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    What we need is something that will start to put pressure on the owners and players to really sit down and negotiate in earnest. Something to move the needle. Right now it’s all just posturing — legal and public relations — and we have two sides digging in like it’s World War I. A ruling…

  23. NBA owners want parity not for you but for their pocketbooks

    Aug 10, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    When was the NBA at its peak of popularity? When one dynamic star — Michael Jordan — dominated the game and his team was a dynasty for the better part of a decade. Based on that — and what we saw with Bird and Magic, and what we saw last year with the Heat —…

  24. Are the NBA owners a unified front, or will they soften?

    Aug 8, 2011, 1:08 PM EDT

    NBA commissioner Stern attends the second day of the Sun Valley Conference in Sun Valley

    Right now, the NBA owners are taking the hard line and are not budging off it. NBA Commissioner David Stern has done a good job — via the hammer of massive fines — from keeping any owners from speaking out of turn about the lockout. He is the lone voice, the lone source for one…

  25. Players union will file to dismiss NBA lawsuit

    Aug 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    And so the legal wrangling begins… The National Basketball Players Association — what the rest of us call the players union — will file to dismiss the lawsuit brought by the NBA this week, reports Ken Berger at CBS Sports. The NBA’s lawsuit was a pre-emptive strike against possible union decertification. A group of player…

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