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  1. NBA owners, players to meet, bring in federal mediator Tuesday

    Oct 12, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    UPDATE 9:01 pm: The meeting date has been changed to Tuesday now and we know the mediator will be George Cohen. That wold be the same Cohen who was the mediator for the NFL in their dispute. He made no progress there — they met before their eventual lockout — and some around those talks…

  2. NBA owners play “ultimate game” poorly, so players won’t cave

    Oct 12, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    derek Fisher

    I have been asked this question a number of times in the last 48 hours — why don’t the players just take the owners 50/50 offer and get back on the court? Because the players see the offer as patently unfair. You can argue all you want that if they took the owners last formal…

  3. Players union to host meeting in Los Angeles Friday

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    The NBA players union cannot win the public relations war — the fans will side with the owners, especially after the blunder-filled “let us play” twitter campaign Monday — and their only hope of salvaging what they have of the last labor deal is to stay unified. So far that has gone well — with…

  4. Report: Owners pushing for a much tougher luxury tax

    Oct 11, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT

    money

    The NBA’s luxury tax is at the heart of why there will be no games the first two weeks of what should have been the NBA season. The owners say a stiffer luxury tax is needed to provide competitive balance in the league (to help the Kings compete with the Lakers). The players say that…

  5. How does the NBA lockout get resolved? More talks, sadly.

    Oct 11, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    Here we stand, the first two weeks of the NBA season lay in ruins at our feet. More rubble will be falling on top of that soon as you can bet those are not the last games canceled. The real question becomes: How does this get resolved now? How do the owners and players finally…

  6. NBA player reactions to lockout all over twitter

    Oct 11, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    twitter-whale

    Through the lockout, the NBA owners have been a monolith — all news from their side comes from David Stern or Adam Silver only. No owners or executives speak on the issue. The players, however, have a lot of voices. And many of those voices get expressed on twitter. Moments after Stern announced the cancellation…

  7. NBA owners take big risk playing fans for fools

    Oct 11, 2011, 3:19 AM EDT

    David Stern

    It would take some real fools to shut down their $4 billion a year business in the middle of the worst recession in generations because the more than $1 billion over six years they just got back from the workers was not good enough. However, the NBA owners are not fools. They think you are.…

  8. NBA cancels first two weeks of season after talks stall out

    Oct 10, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Padlock Arena AP

    NBA owners and players met for more than seven hours on Monday, but that was not enough to save the start of the season. NBA Commissioner David Stern emerged from the talks, said he was sad then added the first two weeks of the NBA’s regular season have been canceled. Those games were set to…

  9. Report: NBA owners, players close to deal on mid-level exception

    Oct 10, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    It’s progress. Not on the core issue that will bring us labor peace, but it’s progress. Right now, we’re not going to look askew at any sign of progress. The NBA owners and players are very close to a deal on a reduced mid-level exception going forward, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com. … a source…

  10. NBA players launch “let us play” twitter campaign

    Oct 10, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    NBA basketball

    Sunday night at the Drew League vs. Goodman League, the NBA players were on script — they said they just wanted to play. To a man. It was like a mantra repeated in both locker rooms. Monday, they took the campaign to twitter. NBA players starting with union president Derek Fisher and on through LeBron…

  11. What has to happen Monday for an NBA labor deal? A lot.

    Oct 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Monday in Manhattan, NBA league officials and union leaders will again sit down across the table from each other in a posh hotel and try to hash out a deal — or at least go through the motions of it. If they don’t reach a handshake agreement today the league will cancel the first couple…

  12. Durant, players at Drew/Goodman say 53% is as low as they go

    Oct 10, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley

    Sunday night in New York, NBA league and union officials negotiated for five hours over steak dinners. They talked a lot about “basketball related income” (or at least let’s hope they did). Three thousand miles way at a gym in Long Beach where the Drew League and Goodman League had their rematch, NBA players were…

  13. Psych! NBA, NBPA end meetings, will resume Monday

    Oct 10, 2011, 1:09 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    The NBA and NBPA met for five-plus hours Sunday night  and all they have to show for it is another meeting. After being faced with the very real possibility of losing games in a cancellation announcement expected Monday, the two sides reportedly did not discuss BRI, the biggest issue between them, did not reach much…

  14. Owners, players can’t agree to meet; start of season doomed

    Oct 7, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    UPDATE 8:50 pm: If you were holding out hope for a last minute settlement to save the full NBA season, you should grab another beer. Or towel to cry into. NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver basically confirmed the leaks from the union we passed along before (just keep scrolling down) — the league is not…

  15. Agent asks: Why don’t NBA fans get some rollbacks?

    Oct 7, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    nba_g_nbafans_275

    We are just a weekend away from seeing NBA regular season games canceled. Why? Because the two sides can’t decide how to divide up the fans’ money. The money fans pay in ticket prices. The money paid for overpriced beers and parking spots. The money sponsors pay to reach those fans. The money television networks…

  16. Did both owners, players make their “best offer?” Probably not.

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    Right now, you need to treat every rumor you hear about the NBA labor negotiations like you treat (or should treat) every rumor the week before the NBA trade deadline — assume it is someone trying to gain leverage. For example, when we all hear that player “X” is close to being traded then suddenly…

  17. How far are the NBA and players, really? Well, it depends…

    Oct 6, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    NHL Season Cancelled

    This much is clear — the NBA and its players union are much closer to a deal today than they were a week ago. Tuesday’s intense negotiations may have ended with threats of the first weeks of the season being canceled, but it also saw real progress. First, they are finally talking about the real…

  18. Sunday will be the day if full NBA season to be saved

    Oct 6, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern set the deadline — if there is no handshake deal between NBA owners and players by Monday, the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season. The two sides are playing a game of chicken. But if the season is to be saved, it has to happen Sunday. After talks…

  19. Report: Canceling NBA’s first two weeks would cost players $200 million

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:46 PM EDT

    money

    The money is about to start piling up. Up until now, the costs of the lockout have been largely theoretical to the NBA owners and players (not so much the staff of the teams, but that’s another story). But the loss of the NBA preseason will cost the owners about $200 million, league officials said…

  20. Video: Which side should blink first in NBA labor talks?

    Oct 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    billy-hunter-david-stern

    On NBC’s Sports Talk on Versus television today Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski and I discussed what it’s going to take to get a deal done and who needs to blink in this game of chicken. For the record, I still think it takes them until about the end of the month to get a deal. While the…

  21. Agents talking labor deal, but not decertification. Yet.

    Oct 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter, Kobe Bryant

    Two days ago, a number of top agents sent out a letter to clients urging them not to buckle — and not to let players union chief Billy Hunter buckle — to the demands of NBA owners. Now those same agents are getting on the phone today to discuss what they see as the next…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 1:53 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Oct 5, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    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…

  24. Players union to pay for “workout centers” during lockout

    Oct 5, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Goodman Drew Harden Durant

    One of the fun guessing games of the lockout is wondering who is going to go Shawn Kemp — return from the lockout overweight and out of shape. No fair picking Eddy Curry, you have to better than that. To quell the perception of players siting around with their PS3s and waiting for the phone…

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

    Oct 4, 2011, 11:44 PM EDT

    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,…

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