Found October 06, 2011 on Celtics Town:
The NBA is relatively close to a collective bargaining deal, according to many reporters in the know. One of those reporters, Chris Sheridan called the remainder of the negotiations “a layup.” Another, Ken Berger noted that missing the first two weeks of games would lose the NBA more money than submitting to the players association demands, and vice versa. But if the two sides are so close, why has the public relations battle remained simmering? Is the continued media bout just a part of negotiations, or something else?The PR tactics of both sides reek of subtle (or sometimes not-so-subtle) hostility. In his most recent press conference David Stern revealed a discussion held between Stern and the union, in which Stern asked a handful of union representatives whether they would accept a 50-50 split in basketball-related income. The union was reportedly “livid” with Stern for voicing the discussion, which was not an official offer. But Stern’s talks certainly helped his own cause: b...

Etan Thomas considers the owners’ point of view, in caricature

Veteran big man Etan Thomas is the rare NBA player who may be better known for his exploits off the court than on it. In addition to occupying the end of many teams' benches, Thomas has written and performed poetry, become a political activist, and served as a vice president of the players' union. He has many interests -- not quite a renaissance man, but not your typical...

Bully Tactics

by Vincent Thomas / @vincecathomas NBA owners are making public opinion history. It takes a hubris-dripping amount of greed to make professional athletes seem like quasi-activists for worker rights, but that’s basically where we’re at. In today’s post-Enron/”Wall Street Bailout” America, filthy rich billionaires can’t be so cavalier about their money-grubbing, even if...

David Stern To Cancel Start Of Regular Season October 10th

Negotiations between the NBA and it’s union reached a stalemate on Tuesday. Commissioner David Stern has announced the cancellation of the remainder of preseason and on Monday the plan is to start canceling regular season games. Today’s meeting was attended by Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Amar’e Stoudemire, Paul Pierce and Ben Gordon If you believe Union Representative...

NBA and Players on Tight Deadline

According to NBA Commissioner David Stern, time is now of the essence in the league’s lockout situation and if a deal isn’t reached by Mon. Oct. 10 then the first two weeks of the season will be cancelled. Stern made the announcement after the league and players met for about four hours on Oct. 4. He also cancelled the remainder of the preseason. Stern said the league proposed...

Union angry after Stern discloses offer

NEW YORK -- Late Tuesday afternoon, following more than three hours of mostly fruitless collective bargaining negotiations, NBA commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt approached the union representatives with an informal offer. According to the NBA, that offer -- made to union attorney Jeffrey Kessler, president Derek Fisher...

David Stern: ‘Monday Is Now The Newest, Newest Deadline To Save The NBA Season’

Billy Hunter asking the crowd to "look over there" before sprinting out the fire exit. As we mentioned yesterday, the NBA owners and players met in New York City again for what many people called the most important meeting of this entire lockout. The media reported over and over that this was the meeting that could make or break this season, David Stern’s final deadline...

Stern: Games to be axed if no deal by Monday

NBA commissioner David Stern said the league will be forced to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if a deal cannot be reached by Monday.

First Two Weeks Of Regular Season Will Be Canceled If No Deal By Monday

David Stern addressed the media following Tuesday's meeting and talked about coming off a hard cap, no rollbacks of existing salaries, players can opt-out after seven years.

NBA Lockout Talks Put On Hold; Kobe Bryant Disses Kwame Brown

Remember how David Stern said that if a deal wasn’t reached by Monday that the first two weeks of the regular season would be cancelled? Well, we’re pretty much there. reported yesterday that the players reached out about a meeting Monday, but the NBA refused because the players would not prematurely agree on a [...]

NBA's labor fight approaches its biggest deadline

NEW YORK ? NBA owners, losing hundreds of millions of dollars a year, wanted an overhaul of the financial system to ensure themselves a chance to profit. Players, believing they were the driving force behind record TV ratings and revenues, wanted to keep what they felt they deserved. Now, negotiations that have lasted nearly two years need to end in the next few days. Formal meetings...

NBA cancels rest of preseason; regular-season games in jeopardy

By BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterNEW YORK — The NBA has canceled the remainder of the preseason and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.Commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement after owners and players met for about four hours Tuesday but came no closer to an agreement.Stern...

Report: NBA wants 50-50 split

A person close to the NBA players association says the league is refusing to meet with the union unless it agrees to a 50-50 split of revenues. The union is seeking a meeting with league negotiators before Monday's deadline to avoid canceling games, though the latest disagreement makes it seem even more likely the NBA will lose regular-season games. The person, who spoke on...
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