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Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

Posted on: October 7, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2011 6:43 pm
 
The National Basketball Players Association requested a meeting with league negotiators for Monday before the first two weeks of the regular season are canceled and could not agree with NBA officials on the parameters, a union source told CBSSports.com.

NBA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the information released by the union, which is now planning regional meetings Saturday in Miami -- in conjunction with the All-Star exhibition game involving LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other stars -- and Monday in Los Angeles. NBPA executive director Billy Hunter is expected to fly to the West Coast Sunday.

According to the union source, the league would agree to a meeting Monday -- the deadline set by commissioner David Stern for canceling the first two weeks of regular season games -- only if the players agreed beforehand to accept the NBA's offer of a 50-50 revenue split. The union declined, the source said, believing it could not negotiate a fair deal for the players if it gave up the right to negotiate before the meeting even began.

This latest round of posturing comes as negotiations reach the potential home stretch after the sides trimmed $1.6 billion off the gap between them Tuesday but couldn't agree on the final number on the split of the league's $4 billion in revenues. When the two sides walked away Tuesday, the league had put an offer of 49-51 percent for the players, and the players had responded with a 51-53 percent band.

As the two sides saber-rattle their way into the next meeting -- whenever that might be -- I leave you with this quote from Friday's column in which a team executive tries to predict what happens next.

"You don't walk away from a deal that close to being done," the executive said. "You posture, you draq your heels, you pontificate, you demean the other side, you invoke all the evils in the world. But you don't walk away. Something's got to pop soon."

That's where we are. Get ready for some first-class hand-wringing, foot-stopping, finger-pointing and fireworks. That's how you know this is almost over.

Eye on Basketball will take it from here for the rest of the night and tomorrow, so be sure to follow all the developments here.
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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 1:51 am
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

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Since: Jul 30, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:59 pm
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

Wow!  These evil owners?  Here's a solution.  Let the NBA players, who incidentally make on average $1M more per player than any other organized professional athlete, and have them start their own league.  They will struggle at first, as did the NFL, NBA, and MLB, but over the next 30-40 years they may establish an income stream comparable to the other major leagues.  Granted, they will be at risk with their money, but the reward will be lucrative.

Just curious, do you think the NBA players, on an individual basis, are footing the financial bill for their employees while agreeing to a comparable equity agreement.  For instance, do you imagine that Kobe Bryant's financial advisor takes 54% of his earnings from investments?  You think that Jay Novacek invests in SportCuts, finances the entire operation, and splits the revenues with the hair dressers 54%/46%? 

Anyone who endorses that environment, I'd like to go into a business partnership with you!

And don't come back with name recognition.... If you don't think that, if Kobe leaves to play in Europe, the Laker fans wouldn't come to see Blake Griffin, you are out of your mind!



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 9, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
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Since: Sep 16, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 4:46 pm
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

The two side are miles and miles and miles just cancel the seaon who really cares about the NBA, I know I do not!!



Since: Oct 26, 2010
Posted on: October 8, 2011 3:34 pm
 

Deal Me In

Don't worry---a couple of weeks of games will get canceled---but a deal will "get done" --- owners and players will be richer than ever.  Owners will just jack up prices on everying to pay for lost revenues and new money.  Fans will pay whatever they are told to see their heroes on the court dunk the ball.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: October 8, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

LOL! The owners, players, and even David Stern only care for themselves. They don't care about the NBA fans who want to watch basketball this year. If they did, they would have been able to get a deal done rather than care more about their own pocket. Care about others for once.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 12:32 pm
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

It seems stunning that there remains even a little support on the posting boards for these "job creator" billionaire owners who have a ton of money and have been making money over the last six years while the other 95% of the nation has lost money. These top 1 percenters are now trying to make more money.  I can't see spending more of my money to line the pockets of billionaires.  People who support billionaires wanting more billions must be either faux-news dullards with no grasp of reality or racists who prefer to give more money to white billionaires who don't return that income into the economy in order to punich mostly black players.  I'd much rather lose a season of basketball than see these billionaires get over.  They are not just getting over on the players but the other 99% of the country that's lost money over the last six years while they've gotten richer.



Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: October 8, 2011 11:00 am
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

I don't care what they agree upon as long as they agree soon. If they don't come to some conclusion soon, I will give up on NBA basketball again. Too much else to do in life to waste my time waiting for millionaires and billionaires to split the pot.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 8, 2011 10:31 am
 

Players, league can't agree on Monday meeting

One of the problems in this economy, is too many people think they should have the right to spend other people's money. Nothing works unless people do first.

Business owners can't employ people if they are bankrupt, which losing $300 million a year, or even $100 million, as the players "concession" offer left the NBA, is leading toward...and unemployent, for players who think that making millions isn't enough. 


The bottom line is, in a free market society, people have the right to invest, or not...to work, or not...but they don't have the right tell a wealthy owner they have to turn a business into an expensive hobby so NBA players can extort the money those investors made outside basketball, just because they don't believe owners "need" all that money...Neither do the players. 

People are allowed to make whatever the market will bear, and the NBA market simply won't bear what players are asking anymore.  Ultimately, compromise has to make sense for the business first, and players, agents and some fans, don't seem to understand that yet. They will, eventually.  Players will either go to work and continue to make millions in the NBA, or the NBA will one day cease to exist. If that happens, owners can go back to the businesses that made them billions before basketball, and the players, well...to whatever they have after basketball.


It's a no-brainer.  


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