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Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 6:27 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



Read Ken Berger of CBSSports.com on the players' choice to file a disclaimer suit

It didn't take long for David Stern to respond to the players' dynamite announcement that they plan to file a disclaimer to disband the union and file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Stern was on SportsCenter just 45 minutes after Billy Hunter said that the "collective bargaining process has completely blown up."

"Billy Hunter has decided to put the season in jeopardy and deprive his union members of an enormous payday," Stern said.

Stern had promised over the weekend that if the players did not accept the current proposal from the league that the "reset" offer would immediately go into effect that included a 47-53 revenue split and a harder "flex" cap like what's used in the NHL. Basically, a deal the players would never accept.

Billy Hunter said that the disclaimer would be filed "in a few days," presumably to give the league time to come to its senses and offer a realistic deal to the players. But everyone should've known that David Stern would not be bullied.

"That's not happening," Stern said.

Stern said that at a bargaining session in Feb. of 2007, the players' attorney Jeffrey Kessler said this could happen. "That threat has been ongoing until now, despite the NBA's good faith bargaining," Stern said.

Stern listed all the positives he saw in the new offer like guaranteed contracts and higher average salaries, but then said, "But apparently it was not to liking of the players. We anticipated this."

The theme from Stern was passing the buck to the players. "We were very close, and the players decided to blow it up," he said. Stern called this tactic "irresponsible at this late date" and even called the disclaimer a "charade."

"It's not going to work," Stern said. "If they were going to do it, they should've done it a long time ago ... they seem hell-bent on self-destruction."

As for when the next round of games is canceled, Stern simply said, "The calendar takes care of that by itself." Which is true.

Stern passed pretty much all blame to Hunter and the lawyers for persuading the players against the current proposal saying that they got the players "all hopped up" on this stuff.

"We're about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA," he said. "If I were one of the 450 players in the NBA, I would be wondering what Billy Hunter just did."

The NBA later released the following statement from Stern:
"At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was acceptable to them.

“In anticipation of this day, the NBA filed an unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board asserting that, by virtue of its continued threats, the union was not bargaining in good faith. We also began a litigation in federal court in anticipation of this same bargaining tactic.

“The NBA has negotiated in good faith throughout the collective bargaining process, but -- because our revised bargaining proposal was not to its liking – the union has decided to make good on Mr. Kessler’s threat.

“There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy.”

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Comments

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:53 am
 

NBA Lockout

In my opinion both the owners and players better WAKE UP, they better understand very clearly that the majority of the basketball fans DO NOT care if the NBA season is cancelled. It has become a war of the rich vs the richer, the NBA has priced itself out of the reach of most basketball fans...do you know how much a ticket to an NBA costs??  I hope the NBA season is cancelled and both sides see what it is like NOT to recieve those lucrative paychecks...many of the NBA players have no idea what is being negotiated, most of them just want to play ball because they are not qualified for any other job.  Bye Bye NBA...YOU WILL NOT BE MISSED!



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:54 am
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Stern is a charade and a tool.  The NBA a farce and a greed that has corrupted many.  Soon the municpalities and those who own the leases for these arenas will be filing lawsuits too.  The product has lived it's useful life, the model is broken yet the greed is so strong, they can't figure out how to make it work - that says it all.  Nuke it completely and let these guys go to Europe and maybe our college basketball programs will produce more entertainment as well as educated student athletes.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:20 am
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

No its creepy that you judges based on a couple posts. Sorry I didn't start posting 3 years ago.

You are just one of the angry jackasses that blames workers and players for everything becuase you want the attention of those who have it. You are the same guys who has your head so far up your bosses ass you don't know when to breath unless he tells you too.
Stay at home and fondle yourself thinking about how you wish you were on Apprentice or how you would win if you ever got a chance on Survivor. i'm sure you think for sure you would win the Amazing Race becuase you are so smart and witty
Dude, you are officially one of the biggest morons on this website, and maybe the entire internet..and maybe the entire planet. Go Chris Benoit yourself... your obsession with reality TV shows sums you up very nicely. I have never seen either of those shows, but I would bet you have. Broken dreams are a son of a ..... huh?



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

No its creepy that you judges based on a couple posts. Sorry I didn't start posting 3 years ago.

You are just one of the angry jackasses that blames workers and players for everything becuase you want the attention of those who have it. You are the same guys who has your head so far up your bosses ass you don't know when to breath unless he tells you too.
Stay at home and fondle yourself thinking about how you wish you were on Apprentice or how you would win if you ever got a chance on Survivor. i'm sure you think for sure you would win the Amazing Race becuase you are so smart and witty



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:52 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Never said I didn't care. I said I don't like the corrupt NBA and agents who run the league. I care alot about the game of basketball, that is why I think the NBA needs to be abolished.  The NBA & the NBPA are not basketall, they are the scum that swarms onto any good thing that comes along and sucks the love and passion from it.  The players are the NBA, they are the ones who are playing for the game. I  watch players play basketball. They are the same players that played high school ball & colloge ball for the passion of the game, and except for a small few, the still do. 

If I wanted to watch idiots try to run and ruin a business I would watch The Apprentice!

PS. How creepy are you that you look at someone's register date and try to judge them.  Sorry I haven't spent the last 3 years typing at my computer. I was outside playing! 
Creepy? really dude? It's right on the side bar, directly under your name...it took me 10 seconds. Outside playing? what in your sand box? So because I post on CBS Sports now and again, I don't go outside? You truly are a moron and this site, and this world is better off without your biased and fact-less opinions. 

So The NBA is basketball, but then it isn't basketball? Alright pal, make's a ton of sense. Go back "outside playing" til your Mom says it's dark and time to come in.  



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Never said I didn't care. I said I don't like the corrupt NBA and agents who run the league. I care alot about the game of basketball, that is why I think the NBA needs to be abolished.  The NBA & the NBPA are not basketall, they are the scum that swarms onto any good thing that comes along and sucks the love and passion from it.  The players are the NBA, they are the ones who are playing for the game. I  watch players play basketball. They are the same players that played high school ball & colloge ball for the passion of the game, and except for a small few, the still do.

If I wanted to watch idiots try to run and ruin a business I would watch The Apprentice!

PS. How creepy are you that you look at someone's register date and try to judge them.  Sorry I haven't spent the last 3 years typing at my computer. I was outside playing!



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Which is why there are only 400 openings and they get paid top dollar. 

I agree the season is lost, but i am glad. 

Looking at your profile..you just registered here three days ago and every comment you have made has been related to this NBA lock out, and you say you don't care? why are you investing so much time on it then?



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:14 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Which is why there are only 400 openings and they get paid top dollar.

I agree the season is lost, but i am glad.






Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Do we fill sorry for the owner of the store down the street because he doesn't make money?

Do we fill sorry for the family down the strret because the parents resturant went out of business?

No...you say sorry that sucks..but thats life..move on!

Why should rich billionare's 'Hobbys" be of such a concern? Its just a hobby. You are so willing to give 'relief'
to owners, are you so willing to give 'relief' to the others above?

The league does not lose money. The leagues wants to make more money.  The paper lose of money was only dues to owners who sold their overpriced teams. That happened all over America when people sold their home at a loss.  240 million of the so called loss was from one team.  And that was only becasue the Nets didn't know how to run a team. You really think Jay-Z and the Russian billionare want to buy into a losing investment??

The Bucks and Timwolves shouldn't have teams if they can't run them.  Just like i have to have a  Honda Accord instead of a Rolls Royce. Because my finances don't allow for it. Should I tell my kids they can't have braces becuase daddy wants a Rolls. No, I don't buy a Rolls Royce.  The Bucks should either leave or let  an owner who can afford them have them.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

You keep assumimg that the NBA would still be around. You keep assuming that the union would still be around.
Neither one has to exist.  Sports has and will continue forever.  It doesn't have to be run by a cartel that is in turn 
being bullied by another cartel. 

Players have been playing ball for decades, with or wothout the money. The players did not ruin basketball...greedy unions and greedy owners and greedy agents did. Quit putting this on the players. I've never heard players complain about playing ball, its always about all the bs that comes outside the game, and that bs is created by agents & owners.
If I just simply wanted to watch random douchebags play basketball I would go across the street from my house and watch the kids play on the playground, or perhaps spend my days at the YMCA watching men's leagues.. I want to watch the best players in the world compete with one another at the highest stage.

With that said, the season isn't coming back anytime soon. They should do all of us a favor and just cancel the damn thing instead of making people think it may start up. By the time they work something out it's going to be a 15 game schedule. Don't worry about saving a single season, worry about saving your game going forward. 


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