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  1. NBA season ticket holders will get refunds if games missed

    Jul 4, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Mavericks Celebration Basketball

    Before the season has even ended the calls start coming in to make sure you are going to get — and pay for — your season tickets for next year. You have to sign up (to keep your seats) before you know what your team will do in the draft or free agency — before…

  2. Report: How NBA owners turn profits into paper losses

    Jul 2, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    UPDATE July 2, 11:10 am: We need to make you aware of some flaws in the accounting used by Deadspin (and repeated here) in their original post that was the basis of this one. However, I don not believe it changes the overall theme that completely legal and widely accepted general accounting principles allow an…

  3. NBA agents are pessimistic about quick end to lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Few have as much at stake without a seat at the table as NBA agents. It’s their direct livelihood being discussed, how they can do their job, but they have no real say. And you’d be hard to find a more pessimistic group about how long this lockout is going to drag out. Look what…

  4. With lockout, NBA risks killing hard-won momentum

    Jul 1, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Victory Parade

    The owners and players are walking a fine line. They both want a financial deal that is good for them not just next year but for the next five plus years — and this year’s Collective Bargaining Agreement will end up being the basis of the next deal, too. Both sides have a lot of…

  5. Durant says NBA players not going to give in

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    kevin-durant-union

    We bring you another show of NBA player unity… but frankly we have questions about how well that is going to hold up long term. Kevin Durant doesn’t want to hear any of that, as he told the Associated Press. “We’re going to stand up for what we have to do, no matter how long…

  6. League tells teams contact with player means $1 million fine

    Jul 1, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

    lockout

    The NBA is not kidding around about this lockout stuff. The league has told the owners and team officials that any contact with a player during the lockout will bring a $1 million fine on the organization, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN. Marc Spears of Yahoo provides even more details on the contact ban.…

  7. Jamison says players more unified than last lockout

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    This lockout is going to end when the two sides decide the pain of taking the deal on the table is less than the pain of the lockout. That pain just gets worse as things go along (especially if games, and with it revenue and paychecks, are lost). That is particularly true of the players.…

  8. With NBA lockout there are plenty of losers, but it starts with fans

    Jul 1, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    The NBA locks out and there are tons of losers. It’s not the owners and the players. Sure, they are shooting their own business in the foot, but when it is all said and done the owners will be insanely wealthy and the players will still make a lot of money playing a game. It’s…

  9. So how does this lockout get resolved?

    Jul 1, 2011, 1:30 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The lockout just started, and I’m pretty much done with it. So how does this thing get resolved? Sadly, it’s going to take some time, but a couple of factors need to come together. There needs to be pressure on both sides to strike a deal. No real contract negotiations — whether you are talking…

  10. The clock strikes midnight — NBA lockout officially begins

    Jul 1, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    At midnight Eastern the preverbal padlocks were slapped on the doors of NBA facilities and the players were locked out. Players can’t workout at NBA facilities. There is no July free agency. There is no summer league. There are rookies not getting instruction, long shot free agents not able to prove their worth to teams.…

  11. NBA Lockout Q&A: PBT explains it all (well, almost)

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    Welcome to the NBA lockout. Pull up a chair, make yourself comfortable, you’re going to be here a while. If we’re all lucky it will be for just the summer, but it could be longer. Much longer. I understand you all have questions about how we got here, where we are at and what is…

  12. Already war of words started: union attorney disputes Stern

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 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

    Welcome to the first of what will be an ongoing summer session of “the other side misrepresented our position” posts. We’re trying to come up with a catchy name for them. The honor of going first goes to the players union. David Stern came out of the mostly-for-show final negotiating session between the players and…

  13. It’s official: Owners tell players there will be a lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    This is a sad day for the NBA. We all knew it was coming. Frankly, everyone has been expecting this for a couple of years now, you could see the storm clouds gathering for that long. It doesn’t make it feel any better. And things are only going to get worse in the short term.…

  14. NBA owners, players to have one final pre-lockout meeting Thursday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

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

    The NBA owners and players have been formally meeting on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement with an offer on the table since the 2010 All-Star game in Dallas (and really they were talking before that, informally). After more than 16 months of talks, they are hundreds of millions of dollars apart and nowhere close to…

  15. NBA owners could vote to approve lockout Tuesday

    Jun 28, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    David Stern

    The NBA’s Board of Governors — which is made up of all the team owners — is gathering in Dallas Tuesday, and storm clouds may follow them. At the heart of the day’s agenda is an update on negotiations with the NBA players union. Which will not be pretty, as the two sides remain hundreds…

  16. As NBA slides toward lockout, owners talk revenue sharing

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 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

    In negotiations that have had a lot of sticking points — percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI), hard cap — one of the other big ones has been revenue sharing. The owners know they need to address it and David Stern has called the discussions on the topic “robust.” The players think it is an…

  17. NBA Players show up to labor talks wearing “stand” T-shirts

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EDT

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    The NBA owners want to radically shift the league’s financial system, and that’s going to mean serious give-backs by the players. Privately, some tied to ownership will tell you they aren’t sure they can get serious concessions until the players miss a paycheck or two (and the players don’t get their first check until Nov.…

  18. Get your lockout shoes on: players rip owners proposal

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern released this statement to the Associated Press when asked to comment on what Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter said of the last proposal from owners. “Players have benefited from the current system more than the teams. For them it has been a much better partnership,” Stern said in…

  19. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  20. Still big gap between NBA owners, players after key talks

    Jun 21, 2011, 4:38 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

    If you were waiting to really worry about an NBA lockout, now is a good time. Tuesday’s negotiation session — which NBA Commissioner David Stern had previously called key to avoiding a July 1 lockout — had both sides leaving and speaking in pessimistic tones. Chris Paul said this to Brian Smith of the Salt…

  21. David Stern says it would be “challenge” to avoid lockout

    Jun 1, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Wednesday, representatives of the NBA owners and the Players Association will sit down in a room together and talk about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. They’ll do the same thing a couple times when the NBA finals series shifts to Dallas next week. So, at least they are talking. But even David Stern admitted that…

  22. NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    David Stern

    As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of. As expected, the…

  23. Players union files grievance saying owners not negotiating in good faith

    May 24, 2011, 3:18 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Consider this your lockout amuse-bouche, just a little something to whet your appetite for the ugliness of players/owners negotiations to come. The National Basketball Players Association — the players union — filed a filed unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board, saying that the NBA and the owners are not negotiating in…

  24. Report: Talks underway to sell Atlanta Hawks

    May 18, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Image (1) hawks_logo-thumb-250x134-11979-thumb-250x134-11981.gif for post 4050

    It looks like the Atlanta Spirit — a consortium of owners for the Atlanta Hawks and NHL’s Thrashers — are getting out of the sports ownership business. The Spirit is in talks to sell the Hawks and Phillips Arena to John Moores, the former San Diego Padres owner, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. These…

  25. Report: Owners first asked for $45 million hard salary cap

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    When you enter a bargaining session, the first thing you ask for is your entire wish list. Everything you could possibly want. Some of the things on the list you need, some you’d be willing to give up. But come in asking for the moon. Like a $45 million hard salary cap if you are…

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