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Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

Posted on: November 7, 2011 10:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 12:55 am
By Matt Moore 

Wednesday is the latest Judgment Day in a long history of Judgment Days during this lockout, the day when the NBA's "generous" offer to only knock 7 percent of the player's BRI off eliminating any greater share (after an expenses deduction, I might add), along with widespread systemic changes and the elimination of the sign-and-trade for tax payers expires and their new, stricter, more terrifying offer becomes the new reality. In preparation for that day, the NBPA has four options. 

  1. Decertify the union (or disclaim interest, if they want a quicker and riskier route) and file antitrust lawsuits against the owners, initializing a court-based nuclear winter that eliminates at least this season if not next and which will likely fail in court at one of its many risky junctures.
  2. Calmly wait for the deadline to pass and continue negotiating, effectively ignoring the threat. President Kennedy famously used this same tactic in talks with the USSR during the Cuban Missile Crisis. 
  3. Try and get the owners back to the table for a negotiation to try and sweeten the deal to a point where it's at least swallowable for the majority of the players. 
  4. Vote on the deal as it stands right now and go back to work, effectively caving in order to keep the season and the paychecks that go along with it, sacrificing their profession and pride for their paychecks and the fans. 
All in all, not an appetizing menu before them. 

But don't worry. The owners are going to make sure that third option isn't one. Because, really, why would the NBA want to negotiate more? They might get a season then! From the New York Times
NBA official says no meeting scheduled with union tomorrow, and none being attempted at the moment. (But things change quickly.)
via Twitter / @HowardBeckNYT: NBA official says no meeti ....

Things do change quickly, but with the NBA owners ready for a scorched earth offer on Wednesday, and with as many owners pushing for a lost season as there are, a meeting doesn't make sense. If the players don't take the deal, they look like the bad guys, and the owners can say they hung themselves. The owner want to keep talks closed because starting Monday, reports started filtering in about players being open to the 50/50 deal. Ken Berger of reports that NBPA officials will be "open minded" about a vote on the current offer.

The owners smell blood in the water. So they will resist anything that gives light to the tunnel the players are strapped in. On Tuesday, they'll fight it out amongst themselves, the decertification hard-liners, the weary 50/50 sympathizers, and the Executive Committee in the middle, desperately trying to hold onto a situation they've never had the reins on.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:58 am

Dark Times

The dusk has already descended on thousands put out of work.....and businesses like Adiddas who are 20% off their mark....with shoe sales expected to give up $50,000,000 in sales or more.  Next cities and counties will struggle with arena situations, funded by without revenue.As the All-Star game is cancelled an entire city and state will take a multi-million dollar hit.   But take some satisfaction in the fact that players and agents will probably start filing bankruptcy along with the rest of the crowd they decimated.

Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:53 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

One more meeting for what?  So Derek and Billy can take turns slamming closed their books and walking out, act seriously insulted at a $1.8 billion dollar offer (in addition to their salaries).  This is ridiculous.  When businesses lose money, they eventually give up, end, close their doors, desist, quit, close down.  So take a hint NBPA, you are sooooo worried about the future and future players.  How bout if some of the teams close down, end play?  Because the teams could no longer operate, get a loan, find investors. 

The players don't like the math, but the math is what it is, and it stinks for some of the teams.  The owners need to fix the $ system.

Since: Nov 8, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 10:52 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

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Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:43 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

Matt Moore is quite biased towards the players, isn't he? Dark days are ahead for pro basketball, this will give college and high school basketball a boost, as well as Law and Order reruns.

Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:03 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

"After a couple lost seasons they'll be back, but it won't be the same."

I think a lot of fans hope that's true. 

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:52 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

players = throw in the towel, face it you lost but your still rich,be happyLaughing

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:03 am

Report: Of course the NBA doesn't want to meet

If the union decertifies there is ZERO chance of any part of this season being salvaged. The legal battles that will ensue will put the entire existence of the NBA in jeopardy. I don't mean that the NBA would never come back. I'm sure it would eventually. After a couple lost seasons they'll be back, but it won't be the same. I don't think fans will be forgiving this time. I know they came back for baseball and hockey. But this is different. It's uglier. It's happening at the worst possible time when Americans everywhere are struggling and the economy is in shambles. There will be too much ill will for most fans and too many options to move on to.

Dark times are ahead for the sport of basketball. VERY dark times.

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