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Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 6:08 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Representatives for the NBA owners and Players Association met at the Omni Berkshire Place in New York City on Monday to re-open negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement one month after the league locked out its players on July 1.'s Ken Berger was live on the scene to provide instant quotes and reaction.

The following is a selection of Berger's tweets from the immediate aftermath on Monday afternoon featuring quotes from NBPA president Derek Fisher and NBA commissioner David Stern. 

The key takeaway points: no progress was made on Monday, additional meetings will be scheduled to continue negotiations and Stern apparently accused the NBPA of not negotiating in good faith.
Derek Fisher emerges from nearly 3-hour bargaining session and acknowledges owners and players are still in the same place as 30 days ago.

Fisher: "A lot of ideas are being thrown around, but it's become clear that the bottom line is the bottom line."

Fisher heading back to L.A. Both sides trying to schedule 2-3 more sessions this month, preferably on consecutive days, Fisher said.

Stern, Silver and Glen Taylor expressed desire to get deal done. "But where their proposal lies makes it hard to believe," Fisher said.

Stern: "I'm not optimistic." Then, in his last words before leaving, he essentially accused TheNBPA of not bargaining in good faith.

Asked if players are bargaining in good faith or not, Stern said, "I would say not," and walked away.

More Stern: "I don’t feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way."
Certainly that is the strongest language that Stern or a league official has directed towards the players to date during this negotiating process.

This post will update as additional information comes in.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:11 am

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

I'll tell you what swung it in football. The networks and sponserships threatened to pull out and take their money with them. When this happened both sides came off their high horse and got a deal in place. I laugh when i hear bob kraft take credit for ending the strike. Untill a simillar threat is made to the NBA, an end to this lockout is nowhere in sight. Perhaps the reason networks and sponsorships havn't made a similar threat to the NBA is the NBA is not as popular.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 5:53 am

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Stern makes 20 million a year.  That's more than LeBron James.

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:04 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

just one more thing and i will never blog on this issue or waste my time on iot again Why does everyone blame the poorest guy out there the commissioner. People they did it in the NFL with the comm start blaming the players just a little bit ya know they make more than u or I will ever.Cool

Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 10:01 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

who cares this whole thing could just go away and most people would say oh well.... I watched one game this year the last game it was the best watching Laloser and his doddo birds lose.Cool

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:44 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

After watching the players lead the owners and league around by the nose for the past few years, I don't care if the whole season is lost.   Go ahead, players, spend the next year riding around Europe on a bus.   Sure hope your team mates who are left behind in the US understand your "principles".

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: August 1, 2011 9:33 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Many props to Derek Fisher, president of the NBPA for standing up on behalf of the players and refusing to allow the owners and their mis-management over the years bully them into being raped for the next decade

Since: Aug 1, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:27 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

I hope the NBA goes on strike and goes away forever

Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 8:13 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Stern is full of it. The players already told him they didn't see a need for a new deal. What makes him believe the NBAPA is going to suddenly want to give away money. That's not how capitalism works.

It's America, everybody tries to get as much money as they can. Now Stern expects players to give money back? He's playing hard ball, and slinging sly insults at the players. But in the end, it's his own fault. He negotiated the last CBA didn't he?

Fact is, it's time for Stern to move on. I also find it interesting that the owners send Minnesota ownership as their rep. The T-Wolves are a terribel franchise.

Stern and the owners need to stop playing politics. They're trying to union bust, and not resolve the issue. Ownerships entire strategy is hold out and hope the players get desperate for money. Players will simply go overseas.

I'm betting the entire season will be lost. 

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:52 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Honestly i don't think the players are negotiating in good faith. It took stern this long to notice?  The owners started out playing hardball but they gave in to try and make a deal. There last deal actually raised the cap to 62, they agreed to let contracts be guarenteed, players still get 54% of profit, 5 mill minimum on contracts, and players revenue share would not drop below 2.1 billion. They even said the changes wouldn't kick in till year 3. Now that there is a lockout, that deal is off the table and they won't get a good offer like that again.
The players not only rejected this but didn't bother to even counter offer. What offer or concessions have the players made? The players were foolish to turn that offer down. They want a deal the way it was and no changes and they are not going to get that.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:29 pm

Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

Both sides hope to schedule two or three more sessions this month? It's August 1st!! Yeah, try and cram in three more days of negotiating before wiping the NBA off the face of the Earth. Thanks for that, and don't work too hard. That three-hour day can really take it out of you. Morons.

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