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Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Posted on: November 8, 2011 7:17 pm
By Matt Moore 

Tuesday after the NBPA met with its team representatives and stated the current offer from the league is unacceptable in advance of the league's threat to withdraw to a significantly worse offer Wednesday at close of business, Billy Hunter signalled a desire to meet with David Stern and NBA officials for a further negotiating session in advance of the deadline. 

On NBATV Tuesday night, David Stern would not committee to a new meeting with Hunter, but said he would take Hunter's call and would consult with the NBA Labor Relations committee regarding further action.

"I always take Billy's call, as a sign of respect," Stern said. 

When asked about the players' willingness to drop on the cut of BRI again in return for more systemic concessions from the league, Stern said there was no "wiggle room" to be found from the owners since their last offer Sunday morning at 3 a.m.

Stern defended accusations from Derek Fisher that the current proposal is a "bad deal" by discussing that the elements included were first proposed by federal mediator George Cohen. Stern admitted that if a deal is not struck by end of business Wednesday, at which point the owners' so-called "Cap Reset" plan goes into effect, he would be "losing confidence" that a deal could be reached to save the season.

In response to Hunter's statement that he had heard through "underground sources" that the league was considering canceling games through Christmas if there was no deal reached Wednesday, Stern laughed off the suggestion.

"I don't know what ground he's talking about or under what ground he's looking," Stern said. "But we have no such plan. We need 30 days from the end of negotiations."

Stern revealed little in the interview outside of what we already know. The owners feel they've given all they can, the players don't think it's enough, and the league is prepared to swing the hammer on Wednesday. It's a game of chicken and the seemingly inevitable collision will be the loss of teh 2010-2011 season. 

Since: Mar 18, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:44 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

I agree(unbelievably greedy)......they are employees with great salaries not partners. My company does not share anything with me other than my salary. They are truly hurting the lower paid workers behind the scenes that will lose their income because of this greed.

Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:54 am
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Since: Oct 13, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:33 am

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Ten years ago I worked for a company that gave us an ultimatium. Either accept a 10 percent paycut or operations in the U.S. could not continue to conduct business. The economy was horrible people losing jobs left and right. There wasn't another option on the table. Eventaually I found a better job while I finished my tenure at that company. Point is that we live in the real world, these guys don't. They live in la la land. They think the fams are going to continue to pay for increased ticket prices and concessions, parking, etc. Because they have been pampered all thier life and are so self absorbed they think fans will welcome them back with open arms and open wallets. That is the funiest part about this whole thing. They lose this season and let's say the economy gets worse and the last bit of monies that they are fighting for now will be non exsistent. The total revenue will take a big hit and in the end they will kick thenselves on the ass for being so greedy. I'm not on the owners side per say, but the players know that alot of the small market teams lost money last year and the business model needs to change or there will be 5 to 6 fewer teams and maybe even more in the future. Get ready players for a hard lesson. Get off your high horse or the next thing you will be riding will be a donkey instead.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:02 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Anyone who blames any particular player, or owner obviously doesn't understand this situation. All of these players, owners, agents, lawyers and leadership are fully culpable for this mess. It's easy to single someone out, but that view is not mired in reality. Reality is the players and basketball are the product. The owners are responsible for the lockout. There's just as much risk for the players physically as the owners financially. But that's neither here nor there. The players don't care about the fans if its going to screw up their money to be earned, the owners don't care about the fan's or the players if it's going to screw up their money to be earned. Stern cares only about Stern and his Legacy. Everybody rides their high horse now but if any of us had these advantages I doubt that we would act any differently. Don't get mad at me..........LOL. I don't think the players are correct and neither are the owners, that's what compromise is all about. Everybody has to be willing to give. I'm sure everyone here will DONATE their salaries back to their business when their companies start to tank. The only reason people give money back is because it is out of their control....

Since: Jun 27, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:59 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Scr#w the players! What a bunch of selfish pigs. They risk nothing taking the 50/50 deal as each of them will make more money than any of us will ever see. In a poor economy like we have now, owners take all the risk and need to have a system that allows return on their investment. Players need to show up to work, support their local economies and fans. Quit whining and get to work! Must be nice to be wealthy enough to choose not to go to work everyday. The players deserve a cancelled season after their pitiful actions.

Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:34 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Owners, players, agents and reps are all greedy and incompetent for the most part. The biggest losers in the short run are the fans, the folks who work for these teams, and those cities dumb enough to publiclly finance the arenas.   I promise you it will take basketball longer to recover than baseball.  Will not be pretty...a waste of a year of Kobe, Durant, Dirk, Wade, Lebron, and Rose in their primes.....senseless.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2011 9:12 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Owners Too Dumb And Greedy To Revenue Share

Blame the owners here. The players have made big concessions, now some of the small market teams and "less wealthy" teams want to play hardball. The simple solution is to have some revenue sharing so that the flush teams like the Knicks, Celts, Heat and Lakers, kick in some money to help out the poor counsins in the league. That way, the league can make a deal with the players at something like 51% or 52% BRI for the players, and the difference to 50% will be made up by Revenue Sharing. By saving the season, the big teams will generate the revenue difference.  

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:09 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

Bye  bye NBA.......I'm digging the NHL like crazy.  It was a good run clowns

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2011 8:00 pm

Stern won't commit to new meeting Wednesday

The hell with Stern and Hunter i'm tired of BS between theses two how hard it is to make a deal

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