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David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

Posted on: November 8, 2011 2:27 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 7:25 pm
Posted by Royce Young

David Stern has started up another media tour, taking his message to radio shows, TV shows, podcasts and basically anyone who will listen. He's not so much trying to go for the PR spin this time though. He's just trying to speak to the rank and file players. He's trying, desperately, to make a deal.

But with Wednesday's doomsday deadline rapidly approaching, there's a legitimate fear the season could be lost. Will that actually happen? Could it? Stern was on ESPN New York and was asked that:
“I refuse to contemplate it or discuss because we are going to make a deal. (Host: So you’re confident?) Unlike any other deal, if I don’t bid enough for your house you don’t have to sell it to me. Or if you ask too much I don’t have to buy it. Our players, there’s going to be a deal. The only question is how much damage is done to the game and our fans and the people who work in our industry before we make that deal.”
It sounds bold and important. It's a pretty snazzy headline. We are going to make a deal. But it's true. At some point, whether Wednesday, in January, or in 2014, the NBA and NBPA will have a deal. There will be basketball again, someday. It's just a matter of when.

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But I like Stern's approach. He's committed to getting a deal done. It sounds like with this 50-50 split, he's kind of hanging his neck out there. He's basically admitted that his owners are split on that but he's going to push through in order to get something finished. Stern's been painted as the bad guy all along, but I think his intentions are genuine -- he wants a deal. He wants basketball.

Stern was also asked about the idea that the players are making all the concessions:
“I would argue that if I were them also. But another view on this is by working together with us over the last number of years, 30 years or so, we’ve taken the average player salary from 250 thousand dollars a year to well over five million and if we make the changes that are in the owners current proposal we will take a small step back from the $5.5 million average salary to something above five and we will grow it over the life of the proposal to well over seven million dollars.

This at a time when there’s nine percent unemployment, when all of the risk on this business is on the owners and the five or six thousand other people who help make it. We think it’s a very fair accommodation. We’re giving them the benefit really of keeping them pretty close to where they are under a system that is no longer sustainable.
He may not be trying to win the PR war, but darn it, is he good at it.

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Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 12:10 pm
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Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:23 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

blah blah blah we have heard it all before David Stern, your PR tactics don't work for me... just get the damn deal done. In all the time your spending on podcats, radio,tv, could be hammering out a deal.

Yea, of course you are "going to make a deal", but will it be 2011, 2012,2013 ?

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 5:17 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

They're all overpaid aholes and the fans have only themselves to blame for paying the ridiculous amounts of money required to just go and watch a game.

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:54 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

Wow... player salaries (averages) are going to grow to over $7 million??? That's ridiculous in this market.
To play a game of basketball for 6 months a year, these players should be in the 6 figure range.
Afterall, what is wrong with 500k??????????

Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:52 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

Poor David Stern. If he wasn't such a rotten commissioner I would feel sorry for the s.o.b.  He seems to have a personality disorder. One day he is setting a drop dead, take it or leave it, this is the best offer you will get, if you don't take this by sundown you will never see these kind of terms again; offer to the players. Today he is Mr. Sunshine talking about growing the players' average salary to 7 million over the life of the contract. I know that the NBA needs to set up a revenue system with a hard cap so that the league becomes more competitive. I also believe that many of the teams lost money last year and need to restructure their income streams and adjust the players' percentage of revenue. I just do not believe that a schizo like Stern is the person to accomplish these difficult tasks. I have absolutely no confidence in the way he approaches the negotiations.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:23 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'


Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:02 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

Disgusting that while so many people are without a job and millions are losing homes, cars and even can't buy food...that these greedy players and the NBA are squabbling over this!  Greedy a@@ players can go suck it...they're going to bankrupt their franchises because the public is so sick of this kind of crap and will stop going to games.  Aren't they paying attention to the Occupy campaign?!?  The country is tired of being pushed around and is lashing out.  Guess who is going to have to pay for this 50/50 split if it were to happen??  The public!!  Good luck with that!  Take some advice palyers and NBA... A bird in the hand is better than two in a bush!  Be happy with what you have!!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:59 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

you must care, you write the same thing every day too. We get it, you're tired of nothing new. But I'm tired of reading your same remark everyday also.

Since: Sep 15, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:54 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

Season will start in mid February 2012.

Mark my words (or don't, I'm only guessing and hoping)

Since: Mar 13, 2011
Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:52 pm

David Stern: 'We are going to make a deal'

players throw in the towel you lost, at least your still rich

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