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(3:40 p.m. update: David Stern speaks, Billy Hunter says season probably lost.)
NBA players got David Stern’s memo and dragged it to the trash bin.
Not only did the NBPA not send the owners’ latest offer to a vote of the full membership, the executive committee and the 30 player reps unanimously rejected the proposal and filed a “disclaimer of interest” that renounces the union’s interest in representing players in bargaining with the league. Billy Hunter said the next stop is a federal courtroom, where individual players will file antitrust suits against owners.
At a press conference following the union meeting, Hunter said “the collective bargaining process has completely broken down.” Later on NBA TV Hunter said: “It’s a high probability rather than possibility” that the 2011-12 season is lost.
Later on SportsCenter, Stern blasted union leadership for what he called a “sham” strategy, said the move is “really irresponsible given the timing of it” and predicted a “nuclear
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If NBA players committed financial suicide Monday afternoon by rejecting David Stern's latest ultimatum and choosing a court battle, let's objectively agree it was assisted suicide, with the media playing the role of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
At least when NFL media succumbed to lockout hysteria, it did so without serving as out-of-the-closet mouthpieces for Roger Goodell and...
Dear Gentlemen,David SternFirst of all, we want to congratulate you on managing to kill the momentum you had built with fans over the past 10-years. It's something that isn't very easy to do. The NHL did it and is still recovering. Major League Baseball did it too, they are just now, some 8-plus years later, recovering from that decision.We'll start here with the NBA...
The push for the dissolution of the National Basketball Players Association has gained momentum since NBA commissioner David Stern presented its latest proposal late Thursday night. Players’ union executive director Billy Hunter was less than enthusiastic about the deal and a person close to the union who has been briefed on the negotiations said the offer “may be worse” than...
Last week, NBA commissioner David Stern said that the owners were making their final offer to the players before they would really begin to turn the knife on them. The offer featured a core basketball related income split of 50-50, which is, of course, down from the 57-43 split that the players enjoyed under the last CBA. The players were already willing to give money back to the...
Commissioner David Stern blamed "greedy" NBA agents Saturday for trying to scuttle a new labor deal and believes they are trying to push their clients into a "losing strategy" of decertification.
NEW YORK (AP) -- NBA players rejected the league's latest offer Monday and began disbanding the union, likely jeopardizing the season.
"We're prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA," union executive director Billy Hunter said. "That's the best situation where players can get their due process."
He said players were not prepared to...
Earlier today, the NBA union and players rejected the latest proposal by owners. If David Stern is to be taken seriously, this means that there will be no more negotiating. Coupled with the fact that the players plan to disband the union and now SUE the league, I’d say that negotiating is no longer on the table.
This is 100% the wrong move by the players...
When Billy Hunter says that "collective bargaining has completely broken down" it's easy to believe.
The union is lawyering up. The league is lawyering up. The players will not be shoved around and are willing to walk away from vast piles of cash to prove it.
David Stern has an enormous collection of scary phrases at his disposal, and he rummaged through them to come...
The NBA chose to file a disclaimer of interest yesterday, dissolving the union, bringing this battle into the court system and yanking bargaining power away from Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher. Theoretically, the process could take years. But the preliminary steps are quick enough that a season could still be salvaged.Andrew Zimbalist, an economics professor at Smith College, told...
NBA reportedly cancels games through Dec. 15
By Brian T. Smith
The Salt Lake Tribune
Published Nov 15, 2011 02:38PM MDT
The NBA has canceled regular-season games through Dec. 15, Yahoo! Sports reported Tuesday.
The league has yet make an official announcement. However, commissioner David Stern acknowledged Monday it takes about 30 days for the league to get up to full speed...
Union executive director Billy Hunter says the players' association is prepared to file antitrust action against the NBA. He says this is the best situation for "players can get their due process."
It may surprise you to learn that I have the gift of second sight (like Cate Blanchett in that redneck movie she did) and, as such, I have been shown the future time line of the NBA lockout, which I will share with you here: January 2012: NBA regular season now canceled down to 15 games. David Stern commissions a study to find all the synonyms for “apocalypse.”March...
RealGMDavid Boies, who joined the players in a legal claim against the owners, said they have filed an antitrust complaint in Northern District of California.
The district has a history of moving cases quickly.
Boies says the case is based on a boycott of NBA teams, which is a per se violation of antitrust laws. The only question is to whether the NBA has a labor exemption.