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  1. Looking at NBA’s “game of Chicken” from the outside

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EST

    NBA lockout Stern Hunter

    On one hand, you can see where the NBA and its players are close to a deal, one that is within reach — they are just a couple percentage points apart. Of course, that is $500 million over the course of a deal, so it’s not a small amount, but still the sides seem close.…

  2. Union letter tells players deal close but they have given enough

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    derek Fisher

    I’ll say this for the NBA players union, they have revived the lost art of letter writing. Once again National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher and director Billy Hunter have reached out to their constituency with a letter. Although clearly the message of that letter (which they knew would be leaked) was aimed at…

  3. Are owners, players closer to a deal than it seems? Maybe.

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EST

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    David Stern spent a lot of his post-negotiating session Tuesday trying to make a point — that the players walked away from a fair deal, a 50/50 split of “basketball related income.” It felt like spin at the time, in part because it was an informal concept and part just how Stern portrayed it. Well,…

  4. Blame falls on Stern, owners for loss of NBA games

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EST

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    The NBA is about to shoot itself in the leg. After a season where the league generated more revenue than ever before, when television ratings were the highest they had bee since the Jordan-era Bulls, the league next Monday will cancel regular season games. Because they can’t figure out how to divide up the fans’…

  5. NBA will cancel first games next week after talks see little progress

    Oct 4, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Tuesday was billed as they most crucial day of NBA labor talks, but the results after four hours looked exactly like every other meeting over the past several weeks: There was incremental progress, but the two sides remain an ocean apart. And in that ocean could be a sinking NBA season that will see regular…

  6. Tuesday’s labor talks could salvage season, but don’t bet on it

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    The days of “at least they are still talking” being good enough are over. Just the fact that NBA owners and the players union were sitting down in the same room together was progress enough for a while (because that was an improvement). No longer. Unless Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter leave…

  7. Derek Fisher sends letter to players answering agents

    Oct 4, 2011, 8:02 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Derek Fisher and the NBA players union is now fighting a war on two fronts — one with the NBA over the new collective bargaining agreement, and one with some player agents. At least it feels that way. Monday six agents sent out a letter to their clients saying not to ratify any labor agreement…

  8. Top agents tell clients to reject any more givebacks in labor deal

    Oct 3, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    padlockap

    Top NBA agents may be throwing a monkey wrench into the NBA labor negotiations on the eve of the biggest day of negotiations. Six of the top NBA agents — who are no fan of union chief Billy Hunter and have been worried the union is giving up too much in negotiations — sent a…

  9. Monday NBA labor meetings set table for do-or-die Tuesday

    Oct 3, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    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

    Here is where things finally stand — tomorrow is the big deal, best offer, drop-dead date for the NBA labor negotiations. If things go poorly on Tuesday, well, hope you have some NBA games stored on your DVR to watch. There was a five-hour meeting Monday between commissioner David Stern and the heads of the…

  10. NBA labor talks continue Monday, at least that’s something

    Oct 3, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    david-stern-billy-hunter

    At least they are still talking. Despite the finger pointing and testy dialogue at times, the NBA owners and players continue to sit across the table from each other. They’re talking. That is a real, tangible positive. It may be the only good one out of the NBA labor talks. And it continues this week.…

  11. Face facts: The NBA season is not going to start on time

    Oct 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    Nov. 1 was going to be a fun night. The Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd and the rest of the Mavericks were finally going to get their championship rings (or whatever) and Mark Cuban was going get a banner raised to the rafters in Dallas. Then the Mavericks were going to take on the Chicago Bulls…

  12. NBA Lockout Negotiations Update: Nothing to report

    Oct 1, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Seven. Hours. They met for seven hours and have nothing to show for it, at least in terms of letting the public know. The NBA and NBPA met for seven hours Saturday. The result was “no deal,” with “huge gaps’ between the two sides according to Derek Fisher. The two sides decided to take Sunday…

  13. Report: Dwyane Wade yelled at Stern during labor talks

    Oct 1, 2011, 4:08 AM EST

    NBA basketball player Wade attends a showing of the Richard Chai Spring/Summer 2012 collection during New York Fashion Week

    Dwyane Wade is now the hero to a lot of players. Commissioner David Stern is the biggest power broker in these ongoing labor negotiations but Wade got in his face Friday. Wade went Dee Snider — he wasn’t going to take it anymore. During Friday’s talks it was Wade who stood up to and yelled…

  14. NBA owner, union talks “engaging,” will continue Saturday

    Sep 30, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    There is no NBA labor deal yet. And a source has told PBT there is still a healthy gap between the NBA owners and players on key issues. But there appears to be a real push and commitment from both sides to try and get a deal done this weekend, and that’s a huge leap…

  15. LeBron, Wade, Durant headline NBA stars at labor talks

    Sep 30, 2011, 11:24 AM EST

    carmelo-lebron-wade

    Friday is a big day in the NBA labor talks — negotiations over the past weeks and years have led to a larger meeting in New York between nearly half the NBA owners and a number of NBA players. The union will have it’s brightest stars on hand — LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade…

  16. Report: Owners suggest “Carmelo rule” among many changes

    Sep 30, 2011, 8:01 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    About half the NBA’s owners and a number of big-name NBA players have descended upon New York for what will be a crucial bargaining session Friday (and with any success through the weekend). This is likely the last chance to save a full NBA season. The negotiations are going to be intense. The primary issue…

  17. NBA players face the limbo question: How low will you go?

    Sep 29, 2011, 7:58 PM EST

    limbo

    At this stage of the NBA labor talks, the players union faces the age-old limbo question: How low will you go? Let me explain. I know I keep repeating this but it can’t be stated often enough — the NBA labor fight is really about the split of basketball related income, or BRI (and how…

  18. NBA owners, players could reach deal this weekend if they really want to

    Sep 29, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Padlock Arena AP

    David Stern is trying to create an artificial deadline. The players are bringing in the big names and big guns to hear where things stand and show union unity. Half the NBA owners will be in the room. The owners moved off their insistence on a hard salary cap but added a bunch of strings.…

  19. If games are missed, don’t expect fans to come rushing back

    Sep 29, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

    Empty Nets Arena medowlands

    Despite all the doom and gloom rhetoric, you can expect to see NBA basketball this season. Not on time — they could reach a deal in the next week that saves the full season, if you think both sides are really willing and ready to compromise — but there will be games. Eventually. The question…

  20. Stern, league say no plans to cancel entire season. Yet.

    Sep 29, 2011, 8:22 AM EST

    David Stern

    After Wednesday’s bargaining session between NBA owners and player ended, it sure did sound like David Stern was threatening to call off the entire NBA season if some kind of deal was not reached this weekend. Even if that really never made any sense. ESPN reported that was the threat he was going to make.…

  21. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski updates lockout on NBC’s SportsTalk

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:51 PM EST

    padlockap

    Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s Sports Talk Wednesday on Versus and gives a quality breakdown of where we stand heading into this weekend’s NBA labor negotiations. I’m with Woj on this — I think there will be games. The full season will not be lost. I think David Stern’s threats are a negotiating tactic, not…

  22. David Stern threatens NBA season as negotiating tactic

    Sep 28, 2011, 6:49 PM EST

    David Stern

    Everything David Stern says right now to the media is spin. Everything is designed to put pressure on the NBA players and get a deal the owners like. (It’s the same for Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, save they are trying to pressure the owners.) But he stepped up the rhetoric after Wednesday’s negotiating session.…

  23. Reason for hope? Wednesday labor talks to expand Friday

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Be careful about getting your hopes too high — we are all still Charlie Brown trying to kick the football and David Stern is still Lucy. That said, there seem to be some positive signs after two consecutive days of talks. The biggest of those is that after a day off Thursday for the Jewish…

  24. Arena workers among those to get screwed by lockout

    Sep 28, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    staples-center

    While the NBA owners and players wage war over how to divide up the fans’ money, there will be a lot of civilian casualties. Millionaires and billionaires are waging the fight, but the people making $11 an hour to pour beer and get your hot dog, then clean up when you leave — people just…

  25. Report: salary rollbacks, other strings attached to owners new offer

    Sep 28, 2011, 10:27 AM EST

    To match Interview NBA/STERN

    So the NBA owners are willing to come off their demand for a hard salary cap, sort of. Some are touting this as a potential breakthrough in these negotiations, but until they figure out the split of “basketball related income” — or even how to define BRI — it’s hard for me to get my…

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