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League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

Posted on: July 14, 2011 11:43 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 12:35 am

NEW YORK -- In-house staff of the NBA and National Basketball Players Association will hold their first meeting Friday since the league imposed a lockout July 1, a person with knowledge of the plans told

The session will not include commissioner David Stern, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, owners or players. The purpose of the session is to "get back on track" and address the timetable of future bargaining sessions, the person said.
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Until now, there had been no contact or formal negotiation of any kind since the previous collective bargaining agreement expired July 1 and the league locked out the players.

While the meeting scheduled for Friday afternoon in Manhattan is not overly significant, it could lay the groundwork for the two sides to resume bargaining in an effort to avoid losing regular season games to a work stoppage for the second time in NBA history and the first time since the 1998-99 lockout, which resulted in a shortened, 50-game schedule.

Word of the planning session came as the league laid off 114 employees from its New York, New Jersey and international offices this week in what it described as an ongoing cost-cutting effort aimed at shedding $50 million in expenses. The layoffs represented 11 percent of the league workforce and were felt across multiple divisions. The NBA also closed its offices in Tokyo and Paris.

The job reductions were "not a direct result of the lockout but rather a response to the same underlying issue — that is, the league’s expenses far outpace our revenues,” NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement released to media outlets inquiring about the layoffs.


Since: Jul 13, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:03 pm

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting


Everybody (players & teams) talks about the fans. Well, if the fans are most important, let’s all face the music & compromise, while at the same time accept the reality and allow big teams to cover/pay for their mistakes and keep more of their money. More importantly this might help small market teams be competitive. Here are some ideas.

-Establish new Soft cap (I propose 50-53% of BRI) –Let us assume this is $60 mil next year.

-Establish new “Floor” –i.e. minimum salary (I propose 40-45%). In order to help small market teams - increase TV revenue sharing.


-Bi-annual exemption: eliminate it;

-Mid-level exemption: Allowed only every 2<sup>nd</sup> year. Max contract: 10% of current cap


-Free agency

a) If a team wants to sign its own free agent it can do so under Bird rules & exceed cap once every 1-3 years –subject to new agreement, I think 2 years would be OK. (E.g. Memphis could not sign both Gasol & Randolph (actually neither this year because they gave Rudy Gay max contract last year) ;

-In order to “help home team keep its own free agents” team can sign a player to 5 years (ALL guaranteed IFF the player stays with the same team for the duration of contract);

Also the “home team” would be allowed to give say 5-10% annual raise to such player (again as long as the player is with the same team).

-If such a player is traded at any time the last year automatically becomes a team option. For E.g.: Knicks could have traded Curry in his 4<sup>th</sup> year at trade deadline. His 5<sup>th</sup> year would be team option & thus he could be waived by the 1<sup>st</sup> day of free agency the following year & thus no money (This would “encourage” such players to “keep in shape”).

-The absolute max contract for any player can be “capped” at 25% of previous year salary cap; If we assume the cap to be $60 mil –the max contract would be $15 mil & no annual increases.


b) If a team signs another team’s free agent in a sign & trade: Max contract would be only 4 years (all 4 years guaranteed IFF the player remains with the same team.

-If he is traded at any point 4th year becomes new team’s option; Also the team could give only 2-5% annual increase (subject to new agreement);


c) If the team signs outright another team’s player as a free agent (assuming the new team is under the cap): Max contract would be for 3 years only –ALL guaranteed no annual increases.

-If the player is traded at any point –new team assumes the contract (i.e. no early termination).



-Annual amnesty:

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p;    -Every year by say 1 July (First day of free agency) any team can waive 1 player in last year of contract for any reason. As for “Buy-out” –If the salary is in top 25% -Team would pay the player 75% of contract & “donate another 50% to retired player’s pension fund. For e.g. Cleveland wants to buy-out Jamison who makes 15 mil. Jamison would get $11.25 mil lump sum, payable then AND Cleveland would put 7.5 mil to retired player’s fund. Neither amount would count towards next year salary cap.

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p;    -If the salary is in 25-50% range: Player gets 90% of contract & team “donates” another 10 (Assume player makes $5 mil: -Player would get $4.5 mil, and team would give another $1 mil to player’s fund;

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p;    -If the salary is in bottom 50% -Player gets 100% and the team “donates” another 10% of the contract to Retired players;

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p;    -As for “retired players” I would suggest putting half of this money for the current players & half for already retired players.


-What do you do with “current contracts” & teams that would be over the new salary cap?

a) Reduce all contracts over the new max by up to 20% first year & the rest in second year: (For e.g.; Kobe would make $20+ mil this year & $15 mil next year (25% of $60 mil max); whereas Pau Gasol would get $15 mil this year & next…) Rest of the players: Tough beans (there is still annual amnesty for 1 contract);

b) Since a lot of teams would still be over the cap: “Garage sale”. Trade your players to teams under the cap (teams over the cap CANNOT take back contracts that are higher, either annually or in total: For e.g.: Team over the cap cannot trade a player with 1 year at $10 mil for a player with 2 years at $7 mil per year)

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p;    If this does not resolve problem (gets the team under the cap) –Discount/auction. For e.g.: Arenas makes $20 mil –his salary drops by 25% to 15 mil. If no takers for trade, contract deceases by 25% to 11.25 mil (Orlando still pays the difference to Gilbert, 15 mil minus 11.25 is 3.75 mil); If still no takers after say 1 week further reduction by 10% weekly till Arenas gets traded (Orlando covers the salary difference to Arenas between $15 mil & what new team pays).


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p;    -Any team still over the cap after 1 year –Total amnesty – release/trade enough to get under (players get paid, as above, but no salary cap hit).


-What are the points of all this:

1. Set more balanced, level playing field between big & small teams;

2. Encourages star players to stay with current teams;

3. Holds owners accountable. There is a price to pay if you make a stupid signing (buy-out is still costing the team);

4. Holds players accountable (If you sign a big contract –it will cost you if you don’t “keep up”)

5. Looks after retired players (recent and older, esp. from 60s & 70s);

6. Eliminates “collusion” by players i.e. formation of supper teams (balance is good);

What do you think?

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 7:01 pm

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

Maxbuster, whiile I agree with your comments there is an underlying factor. If Oden comes back and a big if then he can walk for nothing and the Blazers get no return on their investment what so ever. As for the $8Mil, not every team has Paul Allen Money. As far as the thugs going to Europe, good ridens, maybe they will stay at the "Hosetl".

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:18 pm

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

this is a league that has a team--Portland-- that just invested another 8mil in a "player" G. Oden that has given them about 50 cents worth of retun on the millions they already spent on the dude.  How can anyone possibly take this league, the players and their "issues" seriously?  Besides---WHO CARES.  go to Europe, Turkey, wherever and play. Nobody will miss any of you.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:36 am

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

Bravo, man. I beat that same drum each and every time meathead nation runs down a player for being "greedy." If an NFL player performs above the level of his contract and wants a raise (the nerve of him!), you can bet meathead nation will yell to the rafters about greedy players that are under contract and should honor that contract. But if an owner cuts a player under contract, thus not honoring said contract, no one bats an eye. Owners count on meathead nation because they know most fans are knee-jerk idiots that will always, without fault or benefit of fact, blame players for everything. Always. The league may be losing money. They may not be. But I'm fairly certain that their creative accounting inflates those losses quite a bit. Here's three questions for meathead nation: 1. When a business is failing, do you blame management or the workers? ; 2. Has anyone ever gone to a basketball game to watch the owner own? ; 3. Should players decline huge contracts offered to them?

The league has become a victim of its own inept management and they want player salaries to serve as the only recourse to right the ship.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 10:11 am

Class Warfare Crybabies

This is just shows how whiny and uninformed the typical fan is.  This is a business and the owner of the business makes the decisions.  If the business owner wants to reduce overhead by cutting nonessential positions than they have the right to do it.  First of all they are going to cut the salary of "overpaid players" simply because they have to make a profit, but the notion that players salaries should be cut before low level employees is generally only made by uneducated whiners.  Why should an employee that significantly and directly contributes to the overall profit be penalized before a non-essential employee....explain how that is "fair".

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: July 15, 2011 9:49 am

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

No Stern, no Hunter, no players and no owners? Who the **** will be there? An intern and Kobe's gardener? It's good to see the league and players are taking this so seriously. They're miles apart and have not said a word to each other in over two weeks.

Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:19 am

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

those were statement firings if I ever heard of them. Ouch. Poor people making probably less than 1% the average player makes to make a point.

If the owners were losing money, we'd have heard Marc Cuban admit it by now because the Mavericks have the third highest salary. '
What a load of crap 

Since: Jul 15, 2011
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:06 am

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

Unbelievable.  The league is in financial ruin and instead of cutting salaries for these overpaid pro athletes they cut employees that are probably making $30K - $40K a year.  This was the last straw for me.  I hope the NBA never comes back.  Greedy f'ers.  So long NBA...

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:24 am

League, union to hold first post-lockout meeting

Get it done or I'm done with you

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