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  1. Union chief Hunter thinks entire season will be lost

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    This is partially a negotiating tactic. It is part scare tactic. But it works. It’s scary. Speaking at a legal seminar on Wednesday, NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said if he had to bet on it, he’s bet the entire 2011-12 season will be lost due to the lockout, according to the Baltimore…

  2. How a day of lawsuits can help end the NBA lockout

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We are nowhere near the end of this lockout. Sadly. Especially sad since you could throw a group of five or so bloggers (or NBA writers, or you and your friends) in a room and we could hash out a deal in 24 hours that would pretty close to where the two sides will land…

  3. Winderman: Why Fisher, Fredette, 11 other players get named in NBA suit

    Aug 2, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    They are, for now, the Lockout 13, the 13 players selected by the NBA to be listed as defendants in the class action complaint for declaratory relief filed Tuesday by the league with the United States District Court Southern District of New York. But why those 13? Because of union status. And proximity to the…

  4. Union president calls NBA’s legal moves more bad faith negotiating

    Aug 2, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    You knew it wouldn’t take long, and here it is: NBA players union Billy Hunter has responded to the NBA today filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board and a lawsuit against the union, saying that it is the union negotiating in bad faith. “The litigation tactics of the NBA today are just…

  5. NBA files lawsuit, labor claim against players union

    Aug 2, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    Now it is on. This morning the NBA lockout got a lot more ugly and a lot longer. Tuesday morning the NBA owners took a pre-emptive strike against the players union decertifying — the path the NFL union took and one the NBA union was considering — by filing both a complaint against the union…

  6. Stern pessimistic, rips players after negotiating session

    Aug 1, 2011, 7:47 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

    Anyone out there still feeling optimistic about a full NBA season? Even part of one? Moments after players union president Derek Fisher was diplomatic in saying Monday’s first high level meeting between the owners and players in a month was not productive, David Stern spoke and made Edgar Allen Poe sound like Mary Poppins. Of course,…

  7. NBA labor meeting yields no progress, but they’ll talk again

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    It’s day 32 of the NBA lockout — meet the new lockout, same as the old lockout. For the first time since the lockout started the two sides sat across the table from one another for nearly three hours in New York Monday but afterwards players union president Derek Fisher emerged to say little had…

  8. How much money does David Stern make?

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Next season, Kobe Bryant will be the highest paid player in the NBA, making $25,244,000. Followed by Rashard Lewis at $22,152,000 (I know, I muttered to myself when I was reminded of that, too), Tim Duncan at $21,300,000, Kevin Garnett at $21,200,000 and Gilbert Arenas at $19,260,300. If you want salary information for any player…

  9. Fisher says money not sole focus of Monday’s negotiations

    Jul 29, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    This is about money. This entire lockout that could cost us a season. Yes, there are other things they could and should deal with — Henry Abbott did a good post discussing some of those — but in the end it is money. Specifically the split (and definition) of Basketball Related Income (BRI). Everything else…

  10. FIBA clears way for NBA players to play overseas

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:56 AM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It was the one question left surrounding NBA players inking overseas deals — would FIBA, basketball’s international governing body, allow players under an NBA contract to play for another team? Yes they will. FIBA made the official announcement Friday, saying it will give players under contract to an NBA team a “letter of clearance” to…

  11. Don’t expect much out of Monday’s negotiating session

    Jul 28, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

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    Finally, one month after the NBA took its ball and went home, the owners and players are going to get back to negotiating next Monday in New York. David Stern, Billy Hunter and all the key players are going to sit down across from each other at a table and have a dialogue about the…

  12. NBA union head Billy Hunter’s time with Patty Hearst (and more)

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    Billy Hunter today is an interesting story. He is the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, the man across the table (or will be next week) staring down David Stern in a dispute over how to split up the fans’ money that could set the entire NBA back a decade or more. No…

  13. Report: NBA owners, players will meet next week

    Jul 27, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

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    We told you yesterday of Tom Ziller’s report the owners and players would meet and actually start talking about a new CBA again in early August. Looks like, the first week of August. Meaning next week. That’s what Zach Lowe over at Sports Illustrated is reporting. That meeting will take place next week, barring some…

  14. Those terrible NBA contracts are not why there is a lockout

    Jul 26, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

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    Eddy Curry made $11.2 million last season to do nothing. Gilbert Arenas made $17 million and as three more years on his deal left. Joe Johnson just got more money than LeBron James. And the list goes on and on — did Luke Walton earn $6 million last season? It is easy to talk about…

  15. Report: Owners, players going to meet in early August

    Jul 26, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The news is that lower level staff have almost got it set so some time in the next few weeks the key owners and players representatives are finally going to sit down in a room together and talk again. And this is supposed to make us happy? That’s the report from Tom Ziller at SB…

  16. Lockout, new labor deal could keep foreign players overseas

    Jul 26, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Spain v USA

    This year, foreign-born players filled up the NBA draft board like they haven’t in years — four of the top seven picks were foreign born, as were 13 selections overall (21.7 percent). The ongoing lockout and the new Collective Bargaining Agreement could change that in the future. That is particularly true if the owners get…

  17. Winderman: Challenge in NBA lockout is owners, players infighting

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:37 PM EDT

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    The two sides in the NFL labor dispute have finally come together, so there will be football. Perhaps that’s why they came together, because there only were two sides. What has become increasingly clear amid this first month of the NBA lockout is that this is a lockout squared. There essentially are four sides. On…

  18. Players union labor complaint will drag out another month or two

    Jul 26, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union has not chosen to decertify and have players sue the league. Yet. So far they have gone a different route, filing a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) — the federal agency that oversees labor relations —saying the owners were not negotiating in good faith. Now, the league is…

  19. If NBA players decertify the union, might owners void all deals?

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Why would a group of agents be pushing for the NBA players to decertify the union and sue the league on anti-trust grounds? Because it’s seen as leverage — that anti-trust suit comes with triple damages, win big money and it becomes gigantic money. That threat, in theory, would push the owners to negotiate and…

  20. What can NBA learn from NFL labor peace?

    Jul 25, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    They have labor peace over in the NFL. Well, the players have to vote and some league veterans have a lawsuit that could throw a wrench in the works. But it looks like there will be NFL football in September as had been scheduled. Preseason games (except the Hall of Fame Game) will take place…

  21. NBA owners had to write the players another check… that won’t help things

    Jul 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At the time the old Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by NBA owners and players, it was perceived as a win for the owners — they had capped how much money the players would get each season. Players would get 55 percent and eventually 57 percent of the gross Basketball Related Income the league pulls…

  22. Final NBA revenue numbers in from last season

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s all about the Basketball Related Income (BRI) number. The entire lockout is really about the BRI — length of contracts, hard or soft salary cap, guaranteed deals, revenue sharing are all secondary issues. What matters most is how much pie everyone gets, how you divide it up after that matters less. So we know…

  23. Fisher says NBA players don’t want to follow in NFL’s footsteps

    Jul 21, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Sometime very soon, the NFL is going to end its lockout and get back to work, the two sides agreeing on a salary system. Derek Fisher, president of the NBA players union, is no fan of the NFL’s hard cap, non-gaurunteed contract system. While the NBA owners are proposing a system that moves in that…

  24. Berger: full labor session “not likely before August”

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The invaluable Ken Berger of CBS.com has the story: While the basketball world was obsessed Tuesday with the release of an NBA schedule that may never happen, CBSSports.com has learned that the owners and players may not convene for another full-blown collective bargaining session until August. It is up for interpretation, however, whether that would…

  25. Report: Owners, players have no high level talks planned

    Jul 19, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Every day we have some posturing news to report — “big name player X is really serious about playing in Europe/China next year” — but as for actual progress to end the NBA lockout…. Crickets. That’s not getting any better in the near future, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The two sides are not…

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