Found November 09, 2011 on SLAM Online:
PLAYERS: Billy Hunter
After the players emerged from their meeting yesterday, saying they found the owners’ latest proposal totally unacceptable, union Executive Director Billy Hunter told the assembled press corps that he’s been hearing of more NBA games being on the chopping block, if a deal isn’t agreed to this week. From Yahoo! Sports: “The Players Association offered to drop its revenue split to 51 percent on Saturday. Hunter surprised some in Saturday’s mediation session when he suggested the players might be willing to drop to a 50-50 split, even when they had just stated their position as 51, sources in the room told Y! Sports. One of the union’s lawyers quickly corrected Hunter, saying he meant to say a 51-49 split, but officials on both sides believed Hunter meant what he said: 50-50. All along, the belief has been the players would eventually accept the 50-50 split if they could get satisfactory resolutions on the system issues that would protect middle-class salaries and not stifle player mo...

For Billy Hunter, NBA players association, disclaimer of interest could be another option

Decertification isn’t the only option to dissolve the NBA players association and apply pressure to the owners, according to Ken Berger. There’s also a slim possibility Billy Hunter could step aside as executive director of the union, in a legal maneuver called a disclaimer of interest.The legal term for this would be a disclaimer of interest, which would only require a letter...

Rick Barry thinks ‘Billy Hunter is one of the worst things that happened to the NBA’

Rick Barry is clearly not a fan of what NBA PA executive director Billy Hunter is doing. There's not a lot I can add to Barry's (above, with legendary long-jumper Bob Beamon) words beyond pointing out that the lovely folks at Sports Radio Interviews led us toward his interview with KNBR from Tuesday: "If I was still a player today I would be totally ticked off by the...

Billy Hunter endorses Paul Pierce, decertification push; players gather enough petition signatures to force vote

Paul Pierce indeed led the NBA players’ push for decertification, but he did it with the consent of players union chief Billy Hunter.Despite being the Celtics’ player representative, Pierce was the only team rep not present at the mandatory union meeting yesterday. ESPN cited sources who said Pierce did not miss the meeting as a boycott.Pierce’s decertification push has succeeded...

Optimistic notes as deadline approaches

Even if Billy Hunter says he doesn't take David Stern's 5 p.m. deadline seriously, it has undeniably added excitement to today's talks. Today, everything happens to a steady stream of chatter behind the scenes ... players, team personnel, anyone and everyone involved in the NBA wants to know: Could today be the day? My hunch is that the deadline will prove to have been...

If they do get a deal, how many NBA games will there be?

From the day that we see Billy Hunter and David Stern shake hands, it’s going to take at least 30 days to get the NBA regular season started. Which means solve it soon and we can still have hoops on Christmas. But how many games in the regular season would we see? The NBA will…

NBA union: No deal; no fear of ultimatum, either

NBA players made it clear Tuesday: No deal. Union executive director Billy Hunter, speaks during a news conference as Player's association president, Derek Fisher, right, and other NBA players look on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in New York. NBA players are meeting to discuss whether to accept the league's current proposal to end the lockout. Players have until Wednesday...

Atlanta Hawks: Owners make latest final offer to players

NBA reps and union officials emerged from their meeting at about 11 p.m. No deal. Here is the full union press conference and here is the league. The highlights: Owners made some changes to the previous proposal that was rejected by the union. David Stern said it’s now take-it-or-leave it: “We have made our revised proposal and are not planning to make another one.” The players...

NBA players reject owners' take-it-or-leave-it offer

Deadline late Wednesday afternoon, but two sides could meet beforehandAfter a meeting with 29 of the 30 player representatives on Tuesday afternoon in New York, union executive director Billy Hunter and National Basketball Players Association President Derek Fisher rejected what the NBA has classified a take-it-or-leave-it offer that will worsen as the close of business Wednesday if not accepted.

Disaster Of A Union About To Vote On Disaster Of A Deal

You can go ahead and hit the Union's theme music. It'll fit the tone of this thing better. Last night somewhere around 1 a.m., talks broke for what might be the last time. There was talk of a 72 game season. There was talk of this essentially being the last, best offer the NBA had. And there was Billy Hunter talking about this not being the best deal in the world, but...

Nothing left to yell about

Some things just sound like news. David Stern’s no-holds barred ultimatum of Wednesday at 5 o’clock was a jolt to the system. Similarly, Billy Hunter's calling a premature end to a meeting a few weeks ago packed a punch. But a lot has happened since. Essentially all of the really big issues have been negotiated. And now, while there is still no deal, it strains credulity...

Labor Negotiations Have Spanned 140 Hours Over 22 Different Meetings

David Stern, Adam Silver, Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter have been the primary negotiators throughout the lockout.

NBA presents union with revised offer; 72-game season could start Dec. 15

NBA presents union with revised offer; 72-game season could start Dec. 15 By Brian T. Smith The Salt Lake Tribune Published Nov 10, 2011 09:52PM MDT NBA owners offered players a revised collective bargaining agreement proposal Thursday, centered around a 72-game regular season that would start Dec. 15. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter...

C-a-C: ‘Hmm … you pose an interesting question, Ted Turner’

"I suppose I would have to say that I have a difficult time believing that a donkey and an ogre could become such good friends in real life, because while studies suggest that several types of animals display the capacity for friendship as humans understand it, donkeys have not yet been counted among that number, and also, ogres do not exist. But I am glad you are enjoying the...
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