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  1. Change of plans: owners, players to meet, talk CBA All-Star weekend. That won’t stop the lockout.

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Yesterday we told you about the report that the owners did not want to sit down with the players and talk new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the All-Star festivities… well turns out they are. Not that it will matter much, but they’ll talk. Sam Amick of FanHouse, who got word from the players the owners…

  2. Carmelo Anthony says there will be a lockout “without a doubt”

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    On the record, everyone tries to keep a brave face. Basically every last person involved in the new Collective Bargaining Association talks say that a lockout can be avoided. They then say that will happen when the other side caves to their demands. But on the record they hold out hope. Off the record, nobody…

  3. Latest CBA posturing move: NBA players voting to decertify the union

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

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    It sounds ominous, but it’s no more ominous than all the other bad signs out there. This is really more about posturing and having your ducks in a row before heading back to the negotiating table. Players from at least two NBA teams have unanimously voted to decertify the NBA Players Association, the players union,…

  4. Players union draws line in the sand: no hard salary cap or rollbacks

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Right now, the negotiations between the owners and the NBA Players Association is a lot of posturing. In any situation, there needs to be a deadline to spur real negotiations. Technically, for the NBA that deadline is July 1, when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires and a lockout would start. In reality, the real…

  5. Forbes: Salary caps help make rich owners richer, poor poorer

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

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    As we watch NBA owners and the Players Association play a game of chicken with our favorite sport, here comes a very interesting article out of Forbes (via Hardball Talk). Part of that CBA debate will be about the salary cap — keep the soft cap with exceptions that exists now or move to a…

  6. Shocking news: The Players Association doesn’t like the salary rollback idea

    Nov 10, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

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    It’s too early in the process to get to the “just lock them in a room together until they figure it out” stage of negotiations on a new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. But as both sides continue to posture, I am all for moving up that deadline just to stop the tit-for-tat. The latest salvo…

  7. Report: NBA owners confirm they want players to take a salary rollback

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    We’ve kind of known that NBA owners wanted to roll back existing NBA contracts across the board, even though that was never made official. Now it’s official — Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed it to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. “It’s part of our proposal,” Silver said. “It included a reduction of existing contracts in addition…

  8. Knicks sell out season ticket inventory, revenue up by $21 million

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Stories that the NBA Players Association clipped and saved this morning include… The New York Knicks have sold out their allotment of season tickets this season, increasing revenue for the team by about $21 million , according to the Sports Business Journal. When the NBA season began last week, the Knicks had sold more than…

  9. All owners not on same page with CBA negotiations (neither are all players)

    Oct 28, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

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    There isn’t going to be any contraction of NBA teams, it’s a red herring in negotiations. Why? Because first you need an owner willing to sell his team back to the league, and right now nobody seems willing (although NBA Commissioner David Stern did say on Los Angeles radio today it has happened in the…

  10. Magic Johnson talks like an owner, even supports contraction

    Oct 25, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    Magic Johnson may have sold his Lakers shares but he sounds a lot more like an owner than a former player. Owners are throwing the contraction issue out on the table during Collective Bargaining Agreement talks. Players almost to a man oppose contraction because it means fewer jobs. Johnson took the owners side when asked…

  11. David Stern says it will be the best season ever… except for all that lockout stuff

    Oct 22, 2010, 4:53 PM EDT

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    David Stern realizes what is happening, that there is a genuine swell of interest and excitement around the NBA. I think we’re going to have perhaps our best season ever this year,” he said during a conference call with reporters on Friday. He talked about the buzz and acknowledged the fan interest in the Miami…

  12. Player’s union responds to David Stern with “come on now…”

    Oct 22, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

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    David Stern threw out the over-the-top negotiations red herrings yesterday after meeting with the owners — suggesting cutting at least $750 million in player salaries (more than one-third reduction) and maybe even contraction. As he kind of had to do, Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association (the players union), released a statement,…

  13. Salaries cut by one third? Contraction? What we have here is a red herring.

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

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    When you walk into a negotiation you start by asking for the moon. Doesn’t matter if you’re trying to sell a house in Cleveland or dates at a Persian bazaar, negotiations are all the same. And part of that is the first offer put out there is big. The moon. It’s not what you will…

  14. David Stern: Owners want to cut overall player salaries by one-third or more

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:19 PM EDT

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    And you wonder why we keep hearing that a lockout is coming…. David Stern, during a press conference following two days of Board of Governor meetings Thursday, said there had been “no quantifiable progress” toward a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and that the owners wish to cut between $750 million and $800 million a year…

  15. Sports economists say NBA financially healthy, aren’t buying owners claims

    Oct 12, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

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    NBA owners are crying poverty — the system needs to change because right now the NBA is bad business. One new owner, Washington’s Ted Leonsis, talked of a hard cap. Then was promptly fined by David Stern for talking out of school. Two prominent sports economists interviewed by the Boston Globe said not to believe…

  16. Should the NBA adopt the NFL's franchise player tag?

    Aug 2, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    LeBron James became an unrestricted free agent and left. Chris Bosh became an unrestricted free agent and left. Amare Stoudemire became an unrestricted free agent and left. Carlos Boozer became an unrestricted free agent and left. The radical shifting of the NBA landscape has some in the league (and some fans) asking if that much…

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