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David Stern believes that small markets can't compete, but the truth is all around him.
If you followed NBA commissioner David Stern’s media tour last week, you probably heard him recite the following statement ad nauseum in one form or another:
The Lakers have a payroll of $110 million while the Sacramento Kings only have a payroll of $45 million. This is a real competitive balance issue that desperately needs fixing.
Stern is incredibly gifted when it comes to these things. He knows that the casual fan will look at those two figures and arrive at the tidy conclusion that the Kings simply cannot compete with the Lakers. I mean, look at that payroll disparity! Stern’s pitch is that the success of a team is directly tied to how much money they spend. And if you look at his example, how could you possibly disagree with him?
But then you look at the standings.
You notice that Stern did not sell the unfairness of payroll disparity by pitting the...
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David Stern and Adam Silver addressed the media following a 15-hour bargaining session with the NBPA.
National Basketball Association commissioner David Stern answers questions from the media regarding failed contract negotiations between the NBA and the players association in New York June 30, 2011. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES – Tags: SPORT EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS BASKETBALL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
The NBA and the players are making progress towards a deal after a 15-hour marathon...
NBA Commissioner David Stern says he would consider it a failure if the owners and players don't reach a deal to end the lockout in the next few days.
The NBA will on Tuesday announce that at least two more weeks of the season will be canceled, after labor talks broke down last week, the New York Daily News reported, citing a source.
NBA commissioner David Stern already canceled the first two weeks of the season, which was scheduled to begin Nov. 1, and that is now expected to be extended through Nov. 28, accounting for 102 more...
Three consecutive days of meetings trying to salvage the regular season have failed, ending with another two weeks being scraped from the schedule.
According to a source close to the negotiations who talked with the New York Daily News, commissioner David Stern will postpone games for the third time during the lockout, the first two being the preseason and the first two weeks of...
Once you start, you just can’t stop.
Numerous sources are reporting that the NBA plans to cancel yet another two weeks of its rapidly shortening regular season.
Commissioner David Stern already canceled the entire preseason and the first two weeks of the NBA regular season over the past few weeks. The latest cancellation would allow the NBA to start their season at the beginning...
NBA owners and locked-out players held a marathon negotiating session Wednesday - and essentially Thursday morning - after meeting for more than 15 hours in New York City.
It was the first face-to-face talks between the sides since negotiations broke down last Thursday. NBA commissioner David Stern, who missed the last session with the flu, rejoined the discussions.
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As predicted by many-though it didn't require keen foresight-the NBA season will not begin as scheduled. Commissioner David Stern announced that at least the first two weeks and 100 games have been erased.
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PBT: NBA Commissioner David Stern says he would consider it a failure if the owners and players don't reach a deal to end the lockout in the next few days.
Last week we relayed an unfortunate monologue from Bryant Gumbel in which he told his audience at HBO's Real Sports that NBA Commissioner David Stern is "eager to be seen as a plantation overseer." The response was as you'd expect, with most discounting Gumbel's take and discouraging the Emmy-award winner for bringing race into the discussion regarding the...
NBA commissioner David Stern said he would consider it a failure if the owners and players don't reach a deal to end the lockout in the next few days.
by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni
A somewhat surreal scene played out last night following the latest round of NBA labor talks: David Stern and Billy Hunter stood in the same room, trading smiles and joking with one another in front of a stunned media contingent.
Both sides of the debate once again expressed optimism about the negotiations; there’s a feeling among some that the...
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More sad news. According to the NY Daily News, another two weeks of the ’11-12 season will be wiped off the table at some point on Tuesday: “The NBA will be cancelling at least two more weeks of its season, according to a person familiar with the league’s plans. The source told the Daily News that the announcement will be made by the league on Tuesday. With talks broken...
Could the NBA lockout be coming to an end? At the very least, the two sides are much more cordial with each other right now. The last two bargaining sessions have ended with some optimism. Tonight, the optimism was at its highest level to date.
“I think we’re within striking distance of getting a deal,” said Billy Hunter.
Wow. That’s huge progress … relatively speaking...