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NBA, union to meet Tuesday

Posted on: September 26, 2011 1:32 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2011 1:59 pm
NEW YORK -- Officials from the NBA and its players' union are finalizing details of a bargaining session that will take place Tuesday in New York and possibly extend to Wednesday, a person familiar with the details told

With the prospect of two days of negotiations as the calendar marches toward the eventual canceling of regular season games in less than three weeks,  National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter has postponed a regional meeting that had been scheduled for Tuesday in Miami and will stay in New York for talks with the league, the person with knowledge of the meeting said.

On Friday, the league indefinitely postponed the start of training camps and canceled preseason games scheduled for Oct. 9-15. Deputy commissioner Adam Silver said the schedule will be further evaluated on Oct. 1. It is likely that the league would have to begin canceling regular season games by Oct. 14 if it is unable to reach an agreement with the union on a new collective bargaining ageement.

The precise composition and format for the negotiations is still being determined due to a scheduling conflict of at least one key member of the parties that have made progress in small-group settings since Aug. 31. Once that is resolved, the goal is to continue with the small-group sessions with commissioner David Stern, Silver, deputy general counsel Dan Rube and Spurs owner Peter Holt representing the league and Hunter, NBPA president Derek Fisher, general counsel Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy representing the players.

Tuesday and Wednesday represent the last opportunities to bargain this week with several key members of both sides' negotiating teams observing Rosh Hashanah on Thursday and Friday.

Negotiations resume after the league made a slight but significant revision last week to its most recent proposal on how to divide the sport's approximately $4 billion in basketball-related income (BRI). Sources say the owners' latest economic proposal amounted to an average 46 percent of BRI for the players over the life of the deal, which the union deemed "unacceptable." But the revised proposal represented a 2 percent increase from the owners' June proposal of a flat $2.01 billion annual guarantee for the players in the first eight years of a 10-year deal. That proposal started at about a 50-50 split of BRI in the 2011-12 season, but with revenues projected to increase about 4 percent a year, the players' share would shrink over time -- to about 39 percent in the eighth year of the deal.

The latest proposal from the owners called for the players' share to decline at a slower rate, sources said. According to one of the people familiar with the negotiations, the players most recently proposed a six-year CBA that would begin with a salary freeze in the first year ($2.17 billion, same as they made last season) and then go to 54 percent -- a 3 percent decline from the players' guarantee of 57 percent in the six-year deal that expired July 1.

Hunter also has signaled a willingness to negotiate below the 54 percent offer, with the caveat that it not include the implementation of a hard salary cap. Sources say both sides have expressed a willingness to negotiate on system and cap issues once they agree on the economic aspects of the deal.


Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: October 1, 2011 11:02 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

Brand before you call someone stupid you better stop and try not being stupid for a change.  It doesn't matter who's idea it was it still is too stupid an idea for words.  You don't have to tell me about entertainment industries since I have lots of family and friends in it on many levels.  If you look at movie contracts THEY ARE EACH SINGLE CONTRACTS.  Stars get that written in and secondary actors and extras do not.  Nor do crew with the exception of maybe director, producer, or writer.  Musicians and songwriters get set upfront ammount and then royalties.  once it gets to royalties its a set amount per each dollar so technically that would be a percentage but again these are all on a case by case basis.  Know your facts before shooting your mouth off

Since: Sep 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 7:55 am

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

F the owners. The players should disband from the union and start their own league as they are the product. Without the players its nothing to market. I hope that a deal gets done soon. If not I'll continue to catch the NBA stars playing pickup games for money.

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Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 6:04 am
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Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:43 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

AGREE 100%

Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 7:49 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

As far as saying the players don't have a right to a percentage of the take, if you will check the history, the owners implemented this. Several contracts ago, the owners brought this into play as their method of a salary cap. If you look at most entertainers contracts, a lot of them are structured on a percentage of the total "take". If you do not want to take the time to understand something before opening your mouth, then you retain the right to remain stupid.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 26, 2011 6:12 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

"GET IT DONE" you owe it to the fans!!!!!

what fans?

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:54 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

You cannot expect players to understand economics as most of them barely made it through high school. This deal will only come together when players’ checks stop coming in.  

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: September 26, 2011 4:23 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

This is beyond stupid.  How many companies are there that the employees get to determine how much of the companies income their salaries whould be?  There is absolutely no way you can spin this.  Hard cap, rookie pay scale, drug testing all need to be implimented right now.  Owners stick to your guns and break these bozos.

Since: Apr 28, 2009
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:27 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

This sounds like the NHL, part II. The owners are not going to have a soft cap. They are going to have a hard cap. The players don't want a hard cap. We shall see how long the players are going to wait.

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: September 26, 2011 2:17 pm

NBA, union to meet Tuesday

"GET IT DONE" you owe it to the fans!!!!!

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