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

    Jun 30, 2011, 8:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 5:41 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

    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…

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

    Jun 30, 2011, 3:52 PM EST

    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.…

  4. Battier asks union president to take $1 salary during lockout

    Jun 30, 2011, 11:23 AM EST

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    When the NFL lockout started, that union’s executive director, DeMaurice Smith, agreed to take a $1 salary through the duration of the lockout. Share the pain, show some solidarity. So during a players meeting last week, Shane Battier asked NBA union president Billy Hunter if he would do the same thing, according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  5. Is there any chance a lockout can be avoided? No, not really.

    Jun 29, 2011, 12:46 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    NBA commissioner and seemingly all-powerful deity David Stern said Tuesday after the owners meeting that there was still time to avoid an NBA lockout starting Friday. NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said that if real progress was made during a last-ditch meeting between the owners and players Thursday, the owners might well postpone…

  6. Owners leave lockout steps in hands of committee

    Jun 29, 2011, 8:11 AM EST

    NBA Labor Basketball

    So the owners didn’t vote Tuesday to authorize a lockout exactly… but it’s basically the same thing. Nobody from the NBA owners said much after Tuesday’s Board of Governor’s meeting in Dallas. (The Board of Governors is made up of NBA owners.) But that doesn’t mean there is a lot of room for hope. Here…

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

    Jun 27, 2011, 1:37 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 24, 2011, 1:25 PM EST

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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.…

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

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    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…

  11. NBA owners, players have long bargaining session

    Jun 8, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The NBA’s owners and players remain a long, long way from reaching a deal. If you want good news at least both sides are talking — not in some secret hideaway, not because a judge ordered them to, but because they want to. And they will meet again Wednesday. Neither side would discuss in detail…

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

    May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    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…

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

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EST

    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…

  14. Owners’ new proposal to players looks a lot like old one

    May 4, 2011, 10:57 AM EST

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    Savor these playoffs. Because when this season ends, it could be a while before we see NBA basketball again. For all the people singing Kumbaya about how neither the owners nor the players union wants to crush the momentum this season and these playoffs have generated for the NBA, the two sides remain far apart.…

  15. What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern describes it as “the nuclear option.” Billy Hunter said it would take a lengthy lockout for him to consider it, but added they were watching the NFL lockout and decertification battle to see just how feasible it might be. Turns out, it’s feasible. A federal judge’s ruled Monday decertifying the NFL players union…

  16. NFL issues could help motivate NBA labor deal

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the NBA labor situation — and I am by nature and optimist — but today there were a few rays of light into the darkness. It comes from David Stern, talking to the Associated Press, discussing the mess that is the NFL labor situation. “It seemed that at the…

  17. League says 22 teams to lose money, $300 million total this season

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:08 PM EST

    David Stern

    As the lockout comes and through the summer (and beyond) of NBA collective bargaining agreements negotiations take place, a lot of numbers are going to be thrown around. Only one number matters — the percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI) that comes in that has to go to the players. Soft cap, hard cap, non-garunteed…

  18. Players’ union distributes “lockout handbook” to members

    Mar 11, 2011, 5:57 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    The NFL lockout is about to start after days of failed negotiations and amidst a big gulf between players and owners. For NBA fans, it will be this and worse. The  NBA owners and players may be farther apart and more antagonistic to each other than their NFL counterparts. That’s why we say the lockout…

  19. Former Stern right hand man not optimistic about CBA negotiations

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Russ Granik

    You remember Russ Granik as the guy everyone cheered for when he came out to announce the second round of the NBA Draft every year (until he retired). Granik did more than just that and pick up David Stern’s dry cleaning as NBA Deputy Commissioner, however, he was the NBA’s lead negotiator when the last…

  20. David Stern is not as freaked out by all this player movement as you are

    Mar 4, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Every time — I mean every time — NBA Commissioner David Stern says publically now it is about the collective bargaining agreement negotiations. If he orders lasagna in an Italian restaurant it will somehow turn into a sharp blast at the mid-level exception. So when Dave Krieger of the Denver Post spoke to him about…

  21. Does reducing the size of a max contract mean more player movement?

    Mar 1, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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    There are not many things we can say for sure about the new Collective Bargaining Agreement that the players and owners are hammering out. Or will hammer out, right now they are just posturing. No actual work has taken place. But we know two things are pretty much certain. The owners will want less money…

  22. CBA update: Owners, players sit down in same room. That’s about it.

    Feb 19, 2011, 12:51 AM EST

    billy-hunter

    This was the one bit of good news — for the first time in two-and-a-half months the owners and players sat down in the same room and talked about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Words like “amicable” and “thawed” were thrown around by Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (the union)…

  23. Carmelo Anthony drama has owners thinking franchise tag

    Feb 15, 2011, 11:37 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    What do NBA owners want out of the collective bargaining agreement? More money. Remember, it is always about the money. Who generates that money? Don’t say “the players” because it’s much more narrow than that. While there are 12 to 15 guys on an NBA roster, only a couple of those players directly generate more…

  24. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  25. Report: NBA Union head says lockout could wipe out next season

    Jan 26, 2011, 4:53 PM EST

    bhunter

    There will be a lockout come July 1. Wish I had any reason at all to tell you otherwise, there just is no cause. Talks for a new Collective Bargaining Agreement are at a standstill right now. The question remains: How bad a lockout? As in, lockout in July and August but solved in time…

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