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NBA Lockout talks break down

Posted on: October 20, 2011 7:39 pm
Edited on: October 20, 2011 8:40 pm
By Matt Moore

In short, nearly the worst kind of news. The NBA and NBPA met for another long mediated session Thursday. The result? At around 7:35 EST Adam Silver and Peter Holt held a press conference to announce that talks have broken down and no further meetings are scheduled. 

Silver would not confirm any further cancelations of games, but the mood is extremely grim.


Silver did confirm that the issue that lead to the breakdown between the owners and union was back to BRI. There had been a significant amount of talk about the issues being systemic issues, particularly the luxury tax and revenue sharing. Silver revealed that the union had lowered its offer to 52.5 percent of BRI, with the owners holding the line at 50/50, still.

Ken Berger reported Monday that the owners' 50/50 offer was back to a 49-51 range.  The question is whether the concessions made in the systemic issues pushed the players back to a flat 50/50. Silver also said that the two sides were "far apart" on systemic issues.

Silver told reporters that the players in essence wanted a trade-off. In essence, if the players were conceding on BRI, they wanted more from the systemic issues.

Spurs owner Peter Holt said that at this point, both sides felt "stuck" and that both sides had been "negotiating a long time." Holt said that one reason for the talks to end was due to fatigue, saying "both sides have been negotiating for a long time." 

With the gap down to 1.5 percent, $100 million as estimated by's Ken Berger for the 2010-2011, you would think that splitting the difference now more than ever would be a likelihood, particularly with mediation from George Cohen. But Silver revealed that the NBA is looking for a 10-year deal, which would make the 1.5 differential $1 billion. Silver and Holt both reiterated that 50 percent is the absolute figure they're willing to go "today" in the words of Holt.

Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:32 pm

NBA Lockout Reveals Condition Of The League

Its hard to stop an old beat up jalopy like the NBA from breaking down.  One little kick and it breaks apart from rust and decay.

NBA stop crying! This shirt says it all!


Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 10:50 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

Don't get me wrong i loved nba but please don't come back just fold as a league i got laid off from a job i held for 20 years fighting over billions just to charge fans more money when they come back sucks.Let the billionares use there money to help the destroyed ecomony 

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 21, 2011 9:46 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

Hundreds of thousands of people in this country have problems finding or keeping jobs.  So no one is really in the mood to watch or listen to millionaires fight over money and other superficial problems.  No one cares to hear Derek Fisher B&M about how poor the meeting went.

Over/under 49%: the percentage of people who change the channel whenever the NBA lockout comes up?

Since: Mar 30, 2009
Posted on: October 21, 2011 8:02 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

Screw the owners.  Screw the players.  Unfortunately, the crime rate is about to go thru the roof.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: October 21, 2011 7:05 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

There is more wrong with the NBA than just the salary of the elect players. They need to change the way the allow trades, This idea of equal compensation is crazy. It does not allow bad teams to turn around. The should just scrap the whole system and start over. The owners should just hire those that want to play, and stop over paying for players.

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 21, 2011 1:10 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

I just hope the WNBA doesn't lockout too..............(THATS THE BIGGEST SARCASTIC LINE I'VE EVER WRITTEN)

Since: Nov 28, 2010
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:22 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

Why is it so hard to get a deal done!

Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: October 21, 2011 12:03 am

NBA Lockout talks break down

I watched (and will never again) the show with the NBA players wife’s. Why would these guys w/ all this cash marry these cows that make white trailer trash look like they have a PHD? They can not formulate a sentence, they were literally hitting each other, and they looked like they had to jump from 20 feet to get into their slacks, I know black guys like HUGE asses but the asses on these woman were obscene. Everyone knows that there are about as many good looking black women as there are smiths in China but come on guys.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:16 pm

Start a new league, already.........

Decertify the union and start a new league.  Ditch the current owners and find some other rich boys looking to own a pro basketball team.  This will get things back to normal quickly.  Once the NBA owners figure out that their investment has just disappeared, they will not only be willing to negotiate fairly, but they will be willing to make major concessions.  Let's face it, the players are the league.  Without them, all the owners have are some uniforms, over paid executives and coaches, and a cheerleading squad. 

Since: Jul 23, 2007
Posted on: October 20, 2011 11:02 pm

NBA Lockout talks break down

The is the crappiest league in North America.  Cancel the season.

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