Found November 02, 2011 on Sports Media Watch:
PLAYERS: David Stern
With David Stern and his owners having decided to cancel the first month of the NBA season in order to extract desired concessions from the National Basketball Players Association, ESPN has had to fill hours of vacated programming. On November 16, ESPN will replace a canceled NBA doubleheader (BOS/MIA, NY/DEN) with college football action and two hours of SportsCenter, all of which were originally scheduled for ESPN2. The night’s edition of NBA Countdown will be replaced by College Football Live. [...]

Tim Kawakami: Without question, David Stern and the NBA owners have won

End result: Sports fans, there should be an NBA labor deal in a matter of weeks and then the start of the season at some point after Dec. 15.

David Stern spins Micky Arison fine, talks lockout

David Stern — at the urging of other owners — fined Heat owner Micky Arison a whopping $500,000 (reportedly) for breaking the veneer of a unified ownership front. Arison tweeted that he’s not the owner you should be blaming for the lockout. And now, here comes he spin, from David Stern, who spoke with Howard…

NBA players have the rights, but David Stern has the hammer

Commissioner David Stern and the NBA owners have already won, and they know they've won. They were heavily favored...

82 Games Might Be Out, But 78 Still Possible

Here's how the drill goes.   The Union and NBA negotiate.  Talks break down.  David Stern says something dire. And then journalists figure out what he really meant by the things he said.   So when Stern said last Friday that "there will not be a full NBA season under any circumstances," he wasn't lying.  But he apparently made it sound a LOT worse than it...

Micky Arison's Tweets Cost Him Half A Mil.

After last week's labor meetings blew up (again), fans sought out owners on Twitter and let them have it.  One of those owners is Micky Arison, who clearly doesn't want to be lumped in with guys who may be stalling the whole process. But apparently defending oneself and setting the record straight is verboten during David Stern's iron-fisted rule, because Stern laid...

Column: Stern puts hefty price on loyalty _ $500K

If canceling opening night and the rest of the NBA calendar for November failed to prove how serious David Stern is about saving his owners money, there's this: The commissioner reportedly fined Miami Heat honcho Mickey Arison a cool half-million for a tweet suggesting he wasn't one of the owners ...

Derek Fisher Demands Retraction Of Article That Says He’s In Collusion With David Stern

The timing of stories stating that Derek Fisher of being in David Stern’s pocket was interesting. It comes after the league quietly fined Micky Arison, owner of the Miami Heat for tweeting that there was a divide between NBA team owners. It also comes after negotiations were Stern implied Billy Hunter and the players are stonewalling further progress in the labor talks. But as...

NBA Owner Fined for Wanting to End the Lockout

In another sign that the NBA has serious issues, Miami Heat owner Micky Arison was fined $500,000 dollars by David Stern for responding to tweets (See below). Arison is among the owners that don't want a lockout, but are being muted by the owners that want the season cancelled. See Arison is a businessman that knows how to run his businesses right. He bought his team. He hired...

With no labor talks scheduled, NBA owners, players remain quiet

The union schedules a meeting for Thursday in New York, and Commissioner David Stern tries to bring owners of large-market and small-market teams together.As the lockout hurtles past the four-month mark, NBA players and owners are no longer battling one another. They're sorting things out among themselves.

Column: Stern puts hefty price on loyalty - $500K

(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist If canceling opening night and the rest of the NBA calendar for November failed to prove how serious David Stern is about saving his owners money, there's this: The commissioner reportedly fined Miami Heat honcho Mickey Arison a cool half-million for a tweet suggesting he wasn't one of the owners willing to sacrifice...

The funny thing is...

I think David Stern was actually trying to protect the players from it getting to this point, and I think he was genuinely disappointed it fell apart last Friday. What I don't get, is why Billy Hunter thought they could afford to wait and make this deal. The number one thing he should have said to the players is, the longer this thing drags on, the less leverage we have....

Derek Fisher Responds To Whitlock's Claim That He's Allegedly In Stern’s Hip Pocket

Over the weekend, Jason Whitlock wrote a column referencing a source who told that the belief existed amongst the NBA Players Association that Derek Fisher had been co-opted by Commissioner David Stern. He used a lot of references from The Wire in the piece, and essentially said that Fisher promised Stern he could deliver the union at a 50-50 BRI split. In return,...

Other owners pushed for big fine on Heat’s Arison

Heat owner Micky Arison is going to be writing a big check to the NBA — $500,000 to be exact. And he can thank some of his fellow NBA owners for that. On Halloween Arison got a trick from the league when David Stern smacked him with a heavy fine for a little twitter rant on…

Van Gundy leery of short lockout sked

Jeff Van Gundy is urging NBA commissioner David Stern to learn from the lockout mistakes of 1999 and not shorten training camp or cram too many regular-season games into a shortened space. Van Gundy warned that reducing team camps for an overstuffed schedule will hurt the product, and the fans. Van Gundy, an ESPN/ABC broadcaster, is an authority on the '99 lockout, at which...
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