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  1. 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,…

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

    Aug 1, 2011, 5:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. How much money does David Stern make?

    Aug 1, 2011, 3:54 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Jul 27, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Union to help players get insurance if they head overseas

    Jul 18, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    There are hurdles to getting NBA players overseas during the lockout. One is getting FIBA — basketball’s international governing body — to sign off on letting guys under contract go play for another team. FIBA has not officially ruled on that, yet. Then there is the little matter of insurance. Well, it’s not such a…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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