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  1. Wow, actual talks — union, league staff to meet

    Jul 14, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s not much. At best it’s a meeting to set up a meeting. But it’s something. And right now we’ll take just about anything as a glimmer of hope. Staff from the league and the players union will meet Friday, according to Sports Illustrated. Mid-level staff members from the players’ association and league office are…

  2. NBA lays off 114 employees, says not due to lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    Today there are 114 more civilian casualties to the NBA lockout war… except the league says these are not casualties at all. We’re not buying that. So you can get the facts as presented, here are the key parts of the Associated Press report. The NBA has laid off about 114 people over the last…

  3. It’s a trend, private equity firms snatching up NBA teams

    Jul 14, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    Tom Gores

    Despite what David Stern seems to think is a franchise-crushing financial system, and despite the threat of a protracted lockout, NBA franchises seem to be selling for record prices. And healthy profits in some cases for the former owners. The latest is the just agreed-to deal for Joshua Harris to buy the Philadelphia 76ers. But…

  4. NBA expects big television revenue jump, which complicates lockout

    Jul 14, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    NBA Finals TV Team Basketball

    Nothing runs professional sports in the United States like television and television money. And it’s right in the middle of the NBA lockout. That starts with the current television deal, set to pay the league $930 million next season (assuming there is a next season). We told you before about how the NBA’s television networks…

  5. Union letter to NBA players: Keep looking overseas

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s all about leverage. In a letter sent out to 450 NBA players, players union Executive Director Billy commended Deron Williams and all but encouraged players to look overseas. He said that he did not think FIBA or the NBA would stand in a player’s way (FIBA would have to clear players under contract to…

  6. NBA to return $160 million in escrow money to players

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    In the one move since the start of the NBA lockout, the NBA announced Tuesday that it is going to give the players back money they already earned. It’s a good thing in terms of thawing the ice, but it’s not going to really change things. As for what happened… this is going to take…

  7. NLRB taking close look at players claim against owners

    Jul 12, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    You may have forgotten that back before the lockout started the players union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) complaining the owners were not negotiating in good faith. The NLRB didn’t forget. They are on it, according to a tweet from Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal. In recent weeks…

  8. NBA players not ruling out union decertification

    Jul 11, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    If it comes to this, it’s when you know things have gotten really, really bad. But for now the NBPA — the players union — is refusing to take the idea of decertification of the union off the table, according to Howard Beck at the New York Times. Of course, not taking it off the…

  9. NBA franchise values, where some owners can make bank

    Jul 8, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    It’s one thing left out of the calculations on whether an NBA owner is making money on his franchise — the money he makes on the worth of the franchise. It’s complex, it’s changing, but the fact remains that a lot of NBA owners have already made tons of money on their teams because what…

  10. Court ruling on NFL has little impact on NBA lockout

    Jul 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    While the two sides seem close to a deal in the NFL lockout, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has come down with a ruling favoring the NFL — saying that the lockout can continue in that sport. What does that mean for the NBA lockout? Nothing much. The National Basketball Players…

  11. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

  12. Books show Nets with $44 million loss in 2008-09 season

    Jul 7, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

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    Did NBA teams lose money last year? And if so, really how much? In the absence of the owners and players union sitting down and actually talking, the question of loss has become the talking point of the NBA lockout. There has been plenty of back-and-forth between the NBA and the players union — and…

  13. Don’t expect a flood of top NBA players to Europe

    Jul 7, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There is some logic to why Deron Williams would sign with Besiktas Cola Turka to play next season. For one, it puts some pressure on the NBA owners in the Collective Bargaining talks (although not that much). Williams is coming off wrist injuries at the end of last season and this would let him get…

  14. Battier: “We can’t afford to go through what the NFL is going through”

    Jul 7, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There are a lot of differences between the NFL and NBA lockouts. A lot. Starting with the NFL is a money making league, the NBA has been losing money. That changes things. Another is that the NFL is better able to withstand the public relations hit of a lockout, something Shane Battier talked about when…

  15. Ray Allen calls lockout an “almost embarrassing”

    Jul 7, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Note to Ray Allen, take the almost out of your quote and you are spot on. In the end, the lockout is embarrassing, which is almost what he told CSN New England. “I look at Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Dr. J, and . . . the money we make, not only us as players but…

  16. Report: Lockout could cost ESPN, ABC, TNT $1.25 billion

    Jul 6, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The list of people with a lot to lose if the NBA lockout stretches out just keeps right on growing. Next up are the networks that David Stern calls NBA partners — ESPN and ABC, as well as TNT. They will be some angry partners if the numbers from AdWeek are correct (via CBS Eye…

  17. Length of CBA fight may be tied to television deals

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:59 PM EDT

    NBA Finals TV Team Basketball

    Somehow, you can always tie professional sports back into television money. That may include the NBA lockout. Right now, the players deal on the table calls for them to take slightly less in in overall revenue (from 57 percent of Basketball Related Income now to 54.3 percent next season) with a five or six year…

  18. NBA releases books showing $1.85 billion loss over six years

    Jul 6, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    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

    The league office has been working hard in recent days to make its case that the NBA owners are losing money. Big money. They have now released some audited net income numbers — money left after all the costs are put out — to Forbes in an effort to make a more definitive case. The…

  19. Winderman: How July 8, 2010, helped lead us to lockout

    Jul 6, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    We’re sure this is not the final time we’ll be going through this exercise in coming weeks, or even (hopefully not) coming months, the a-year-ago game. Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the start of the much-hyped 2010 NBA free-agency signing period. July 8, 2010 was, without question, a seismic moment. Amare Stoudemire signed with…

  20. League says it lost money every year of this CBA

    Jul 6, 2011, 8:48 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    We’ve been bringing you reports questioning how much money the NBA owners are really losing. Frankly, we have doubts about the owners’ veracity on the numbers — they are losing some money but how m. It’s hard to believe the owners when they say the league has lost money in each of the last 11…

  21. Derek Fisher talks lockout, sounds like a politician

    Jul 5, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Lakers guard and NBA players union president Derek Fisher is a great talker. Media love him because he’s good for a quality quote after the game. He’s prized for radio and television interviews because he is smooth. When he went on ESPN Los Angeles over the holiday weekend to talk lockout, he sounded like someone running…

  22. Foul called on NBA owners’ claims of money lost

    Jul 5, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA owners continue to say the lockout is going on because the players don’t understand the fundamental need to change the league’s poor financial system — that $300 million was lost this past year. More and more reports are questioning the severity of that loss. The latest is Nate Silver at the New York…

  23. There are NBA owners who need next season to happen

    Jul 5, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The hardliners always get the headlines (have you watched much political news coverage?). It’s true of the NBA lockout as well — there are hardline owners that in the last decade leveraged themselves to pay hundreds of millions for a mid-to-small market NBA team and they need the business model to change. They are willing…

  24. Report: NHL owners tell NBA brethren losing season “worth it”

    Jul 5, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    There are six NBA teams that are owned by people who also own NHL teams (or at least did during that sport’s big lockout in 2004). Those owners are telling their NBA brethren that the lockout that cost the NHL a full season was worth it to get a good financial deal, according to ESPN’s…

  25. Would a hard cap really be good for small markets?

    Jul 4, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    When we talk about a hard cap, we wonder how the Lakers at $90.4 million, or the Magic at $89.9 million, or the Mavericks at $86.6 million would get under those numbers. (For all of you out there that thought Dallas winning the title was a triumph of building a team over buying one, know…

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