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NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 6:19 pm
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Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

You spoke out against the family. You threw your brothers under the bus. For that, you must pay.

Yahoo Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern has fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 for violating the NBA's gag order for a series of Twitter messages he posted on Friday night. The Sun-Sentinel later confirmed the report.

The messages were posted on Arison's account - @MickyArison - in the hours after labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketballl Players Association broke down.

Arison responded to an angry fan who blamed him for being a "greedy pig" by saying that he was "barking at the wrong owner." He also said that owners "care alot" about the NBA's fans and laughed when asked for his opinion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, deleted a number of messages, including the "barking" one, from his account shortly after posting them.

The Heat's owner was recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. After he spent the summer of 2010 assembling a veritable dream team of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it's no wonder he might want to get the NBA's schedule started sooner rather than later.

The tweets likely drew such a hefty fine because they represented the first real public fissure in ownerships' position. By and large, the NBA's owners have issued very few comments on the state of negotiations and certainly no one had deviated from the league's message as drastically as Arison did. 

NBA legend Michael Jordan, currently the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was reportedly fined $100,000 for his comments about the lockout in September. Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was also reportedly fined for discussing multiple players during the lockout.
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Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:16 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

So lets me get this straight.

You want the players to play the game...and take all the risks?  That doesn't seem like a partnership either.

When I see an owner start playing on the court; or a coach; or a trainer...then you have an argument.  Til then; you are simply being foolish.

Partnership means exactly that....you share the load.

Players play the game.  Owners has the place and the necessary equipment and personal to get it done.

Seems like a partnership to me.

The owners want a 7% raise in a recession cause they are writing checks they can't pay.  Well exactly who's fault is that?  Surely isn't the players.  If you can't afford the player; don't sign them.  If you do sign them anyway; then you gotta deal with the situation you've put yourself in.

Thus far, I'd say the only guys that seem to care about the game are the players.  They are the ones that continue to play for the fans for little money...esp in USA.  While overseas; they get paid.  I see nothing wrong with this.  I'd say if these guys go out and play for nearly nothing; that might mean they care about their fan base.  They also do many other things for their fans.  Tell me; what has any owner done?



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:08 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

I grew up a Laker fan, but it is hard to support some of the guys on the roster.  Kobe is great, but the whinning should stop.  Bynum is useless and a baby.  Bring back Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Byron, Rambis......guys that cared about something other than themselves.

Are you telling me that today's players are whining, greedy children and that they are not happy with the millions they make playing a game? Say it isn't so!



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 7:47 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

"If the league really wants competitive balance, they need to dump a number of the small market teams, (ie: Charlotte, Toronto, Sac, Milwakee, Portland, etc.). Currently there just aren't enough stars for a balanced league with all the existing teams. No change to the system will bring competitive balance. Dumping these smaller market teams also solves many of the problems these small time owners are causing right now. Stern and the other owners should not be letting these small market owners call the shots. Dump the teams or bring in replacement owners."
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I can't disagree with you.  Unless they find a way to balance out the starpower (very difficult to do when they all keep wanting to team up), it might be best if they contracted about 6-8 teams to balance out the talent distribution.

But if they aren't willing to do that (and I'm sure they're not), then the small market owners deserve as much of a say as anyone else.  This ain't college football.



Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 6:03 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

If the league really wants competitive balance, they need to dump a number of the small market teams, (ie: Charlotte, Toronto, Sac, Milwakee, Portland, etc.). Currently there just aren't enough stars for a balanced league with all the existing teams. No change to the system will bring competitive balance. Dumping these smaller market teams also solves many of the problems these small time owners are causing right now. Stern and the other owners should not be letting these small market owners call the shots. Dump the teams or bring in replacement owners.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 5:05 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Stern is a little dictator with a need for complete control...........when you are dealing with people (free will) you cannot control everything.  The comments made by Arison are so insignificant, it amazes me that it is an issue.

I wish we did not have all the social media available, it clearly gets too many people in trouble and causes too many non-issues to become news.

I grew up a Laker fan, but it is hard to support some of the guys on the roster.  Kobe is great, but the whinning should stop.  Bynum is useless and a baby.  Bring back Magic, Worthy, Kareem, Byron, Rambis......guys that cared about something other than themselves.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:51 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Let us also be clear:  Pushing up the ratings for one year because everyone is tuning in hoping to see one guy fail is not the recipe for long-term success.  If fans in the Have-Not cities believe that their teams have no shot from Day 1, that even the stars they draft will bolt to team up with their friends at their first chance, those fans will stop going to those arenas, franchises will start dying off, and the overall popularity of the sport will dwindle.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:41 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

"You're a moron! The NBA has flourished when there have been dynasties. Lakers and Celtics ring a bell? You just want competitive balance because your team probably sucks."
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Wow, that's a horrible take...

That's right genius.  If I were a Laker or Celtic fan it would be pretty advantageous for me to be fine with the rest of the league getting f'd.

I don't know about you, but I kind of like it more when my team is competing for the championship rather than the Lakers and Celtics.  In fact, I could give a rat's ass about the Lakers and Celtics.  If the NBA is truly better off with a few "dynasties" in the big markets year after year, just collapse the damn league down to 8 teams and be done with it.

If not, then everyone's team in every damn city ought to have a fair shot at winning.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 2:47 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

ray allen? got u your latest ship and is the picture of CLASS




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: November 1, 2011 1:00 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Dear D-Dodd,
      
;   ARISON is like any other owner in the NBA.  The LeBUM Letter, was a clear and concise letter to the Cavalier fans.  The letter did NOT say that  LeBUM tossed in the towel in the playoff series (sound like Bosh) in his final two years in Cleveland.  Gilbert only asked that LeBum would have informed the organization earlier and BUm did not.  The Big 3, was a story a long time in the making, it was planned and reeks of collusion among the players.  MEami did not even sellout the FINALS.  Ratings were only up when the Heat played Cleveland 1st time, Lakers, Celts, that is all check with ABC and TNT, ESPEEN.



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 12:46 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

I've been watching and playing basketball since I could walk and I absoultely can't stand this league anymore. It is so much closer to wrestling than a professional sport. Stern needs to go, contraction needs to happen and a influx of fresh young players who know the rules (ya know no 4 steps a palm and then a jump step). Excessive whining to the refs should be automatic ejection (Kobe), pretending ur a tough guy when some 1 sneezes and u fall down is automatc ejection (Garnett)! I grew up in Bean Town and i'm a die hard C's fan, I do root for the team but not those players, off the top of my head there are 2 up and coming classy stars in this league and thats it Derek Rose and Kevin Durant


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