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  1. Union player reps to meet, want negotiations with owners

    Nov 7, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    David Stern threw out an ultimatium — agree to our deal by Wednesday or come Thursday you get a much worse offer from us. (Stern doesn’t want to call it an ultimatum, but that’s exactly what it is.) There are three player and union reactions to this, and those reactions are where we stand Monday…

  2. Union leaders to talk, just don’t expect a vote on Stern’s plan

    Nov 7, 2011, 8:39 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    We know one thing that will not come out of Monday’s teleconference of NBA players’ union leadership — a vote on David Stern’s ultimatium. Union sources have said the leadership is not going to present Stern’s offer – a 49-51 percent band on basketball related income, a mini mid-level exception for tax paying teams (but…

  3. Choice before players: Take Stern’s offer or decertify

    Nov 6, 2011, 3:05 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Spencer Hawes, Maurice Evans

    David Stern threw down the gauntlet — here is our deal. It’s a 51-49 band on basketball-related income and other things the owners can live with. Come Wednesday, this offer will vanish and the next offer will be much worse. The owners are done negotiating. Stern said it wasn’t an ultimatum, but he is wrong.…

  4. Report: Federal mediator to be back in room Saturday

    Nov 4, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    George Cohen

    George Cohen, the federal mediator who led intense discussions between the NBA and players union several weeks back, will be in the room again Saturday. That’s what Chris Broussard of ESPN reports, confirmed by an NBA spokesman. Cohen led the two sides through 30 hours of negotiations in three days, when some of the most…

  5. Report: Michael Jordan leads the NBA hardline owners

    Nov 4, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Back in 1998, during the last NBA lockout that cost regular season games, Michael Jordan the player stood up to then Wizards owner Abe Polin and said “If you can’t make a profit, you should sell your team.” Now, 13 years later and on the other side of the table, Jordan can’t make a profit…

  6. It’s time for the owners to give, get a deal done… but they won’t

    Nov 4, 2011, 12:06 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

    It’s the paradox of perception during the NBA lockout — the NBA players have offered to give the NBA owners $1 billion back in salary over the life of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Yet ask a casual fan and they will tell you the players are the greedy ones (or, more often, that both…

  7. Pierce, Wade, Howard among players in decertification talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    Decertification of the union has been something some agents have pushed for from the start, and it appears that those same agents had a heavy hand in this week’s players decertification talks behind the players’ backs. Names have started to leak out of who was on the call from several sources. Paul Pierce and Dwyane…

  8. Hardliners from both sides try to send message before talks

    Nov 4, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    On one side, you have a group of renegade players threatening decertification of the union — threatening to blow up any chance of this season if the owners don’t give in. The owners don’t want to lose a full season and they feared decertification enough to file a pre-emptive lawsuit to block it. On the…

  9. Report: Group of 50 NBA players threaten union decertification

    Nov 3, 2011, 10:34 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    In case you thought sanity might encroach on the NBA labor talks, we bring you this report: A group of hardline NBA players, about 50, participated in a conference call this week behind the back of union leadership, reports both the New York Times and Yahoo. The upshot of the mid-week call is that if…

  10. Saturday’s owners/players meeting going to be large group

    Nov 3, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    This could be really good or really bad. Every time a large group of owners and players have gotten together during the NBA labor talks things have gone about as well as the last Hindenburg voyage. It’s always Kevin Garnett or Paul Allen or something that messes it up. That said, eventually a large group…

  11. After meeting, union leaders reiterate they are unified front

    Nov 3, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    After every National Basketball Players Association meeting of any size, union leadership and players have stood together and preached unity. Often wearing matching T-shirts, because nothing says unity like matching clothing. But this time the symbolism and words were needed. With players smacking union leadership publicly and signs of division everywhere, the union’s executive committee…

  12. NBA labor talks to resume Saturday

    Nov 3, 2011, 4:58 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    UPDATE 4:58 pm: Union VP Roger Mason Jr. — he of “how u” fame — has confirmed that talks will resume on Saturday, according to a tweet from Chris Manix of Sports Illustrated. Mason was also ringing the “union is unified” bell loud in every interview today. He says there was no real divide there.…

  13. If union wobbles, will owners go for kill and ruin chance at deal?

    Nov 3, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    You’d think that watching the NBA players’ union squabble would make NBA owners smile. Break the union and you get the deal you want, right? Not exactly. The situation within the players union could make it less likely we see a deal soon, for a couple of reasons. One is that a fractured union can’t…

  14. Players union executive board to meet, try to get on same page

    Nov 3, 2011, 8:26 AM EDT

    Etan Thomas, Billy Hunter, Chris Paul, Maurice Evans, Roger Mason Jr., James Jones

    The National Basketball Players Association needs a new plan to push the owners to compromise, get a deal they can live with and end the NBA lockout. But first, they have to stop fighting amongst themselves. The union’s executive board is set to meet Thursday in New York. That means union president Derek Fisher, long…

  15. Stackhouse smacks Fisher in interview; the union has issues

    Nov 3, 2011, 1:58 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    The NBA players union is starting to rip apart along its seams. And that is not good for those of us who want to see basketball soon. We’ve seen the tears in competing stories for days, backing either union director Billy Hunter or president Derek Fisher. (For the record, those two say there is no…

  16. More NHL players tell NBA brethren to get deal done

    Nov 2, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    NBA players believe they are fighting for something right, fighting for a principle of fairness that generations of players before them had to struggle for. They don’t want to give that up, and plenty of players even still will tell you they’d miss a season to fight for it. Which is exactly what the NHL…

  17. Just like lockout, lots of talking but no action in NBA court case

    Nov 2, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    courtroom generic

    The lawsuit that the NBA filed and the players want dismissed — a suit that asks the courts to rule on whether the lockout legal — is really a sideshow. It only matters if talks break down so far that the union decides to decertify, a place the union has yet to be willing to…

  18. Winderman: If union rank-and-file would approve 50/50, take it

    Nov 2, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The goal for Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher and the players’ union is not to win. It is to serve their constituency. If their constituency accepts a deal that Hunter, Fisher and other National Basketball Players Association officials have worked so tirelessly to avoid, then it should not translate into a moment of shame. Considering what…

  19. Billy Hunter sends another letter to players urging unity

    Nov 1, 2011, 11:43 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    Is this starting to sound a little desperate to anyone else? One day after NBA players union President Derek Fisher sent a letter to players dismissing media reports and urging unity, union director Billy Hunter sent out a similar letter reports Marc Stein of ESPN. He adds that the union’s negotiating committee is getting together…

  20. Infighting within union spills over into media labor reports

    Nov 1, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    The NBA players are not a unified front right now. And the cracks are showing in varied media reports. On one side you have the hardliners, as represented in Jason Whitlock’s piece at Fox Sports over the weekend. One which said that union director Billy Hunter had to confront union president Derek Fisher because Fisher…

  21. Pointing out hypocrisy of NBA owners lockout position

    Nov 1, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Let’s be clear about two things. First, the NBA owners are going to win the lockout. Big. Just how big remains to be seen, but even if they took the players terms last Friday they would have had a massive win. It’s just not enough for them. Second, they are fighting to save themselves from…

  22. Fisher thrashes report, urges unity in letter to players

    Nov 1, 2011, 12:52 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Any time you start to see any potential rift in unity from the players, you can expect a letter from union president Derek Fisher to the players. Right on cue Monday — following a report saying he was in David Stern’s pocket and wanted a 50/50 split of revenues with owners — Fisher sent out…

  23. Lockout spin of the day: Owners aren’t kidding about 50/50

    Oct 31, 2011, 2:28 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, David Stern and the owners are trying to scare the players, to push them into agreeing to a 50/50 split of basketball related income (BRI, the revenue the league takes in). The players got 57 percent in the old deal and think they have given up enough coming down to 52.5, that the…

  24. Union head Billy Hunter denies any rift with Derek Fisher

    Oct 31, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    derek Fisher

    In case you weren’t reading PBT over the weekend — and if not, what is wrong with you? The outdoors are overrated — we told you about a report that union president Derek Fisher was good with a 50/50 split and that union director Billy Hunter confronted him about it. Hunter denied that there is…

  25. A NBA labor deal is close, here’s what is still in the way

    Oct 31, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Over the weekend, we told you that much of the framework of the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement is in place. Contract lengths, the luxury tax, and amnesty clause, a mid-level exception and a “stretch” exception are all basically in place. The New York Times called it the deal “95 percent” done. When asked Thursday,…

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