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Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Posted on: November 16, 2011 7:11 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2011 12:05 am
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

OK, they sued us. Now what?

Yahoo Sports reports that the NBA's owners are ready to start planning their response to the disbanding of the National Basketball Players Association and two subsequent antritrust lawsuits filed by the players against the league earlier this week.
After lawyers for NBA players filed antitrust suits against the league in California and Minnesota, commissioner David Stern has a conference call set with owners on Thursday to discuss their next steps in the lockout, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The NBA’s labor relations committee, which is responsible for negotiations with the players, scheduled the call earlier in the week, sources said.
One goal of the antitrust lawsuits was to create leverage for the players by bringing in the possibility of massive legal damages. The idea was that the legal filings might compel the owners to return to the bargaining table, this time negotiating with the players' new lawyers, with a more open mind and a willingness to offer concessions. 

With the players missing their first paychecks on Tuesday and a January drop-dead date for saving a season, though, time will be the major factor in the owners' decision-making process, at least in the short-term.

Having essentially achieved $3 billion in revenue concessions and a host of system changes that are expected to ensure profitability, the owners would be foolish to walk away from the bargaining table for the foreseeable future simply because of the legal maneuverings the players made this week. Talks should, and almost certainly will, continue in some form prior to the NBA being forced to shut down its season. 

The question for the owners becomes: When is the best time to get back to negotiating? After the players miss one paycheck? After they miss two paychecks? After the league is forced to cancel Christmas games so that the panic level and reality of the situation sets in? For the hard-line contingent, there's no rush. For the owners who want to play, getting the ball rolling in the short term would make sense. Remember, NBPA executive director Billy Hunter said "30 to 40" additional B-list issues still need to be agreed upon even if the two sides can reach a compromise on the revenue split and the outstanding system issues that led to this week's breakdown.

There are hours of talks ahead for these two sides. Thursday's meeting could provide an answer as to when those talks will begin taking place.
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Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 9:48 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

The NBA is well aware of what happened to the NHL when their season was cancelled. They won't let it get that far. They will slowly put the screws to the players. Nobody watches the NBA until the Super Bowl is over. So the owners will look magnanamous when they come to an agreement with the players at the middle or end of January.
Note to Stern, please don't make fans endure 82 game schedules. 60 games is plenty long. And the players will play better in the playoffs because of more rest.

Since: Mar 19, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 8:21 pm
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Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 7:19 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

It's Stupid that neither could come up with a plan to lift the LockOut and then work on a Deal during the Season. But with the Head Moron in charge aka The JerkOff Sterns, it's not about compromise. 

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:36 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

I think both sides are idiots. They deserve each other. I'm happy to watch college hoops. I like it better anyway.

Since: Oct 20, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 5:30 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Tell that to Shaq

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:42 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Replacement players might be a good option. Many ex-college players and gym rats are available, although not the current president. If these substitute players got some coaching their level of play would not be too much worse than what we see today in NBA cities. But players should be able to shoot at least 80 percent at the foul line!

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2011 2:06 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Players and owners had 2 plus years to hammer this out but then consider the source Billy Hunter. That guy is a promoter not a good negotiator.  The players did themselves a disservice to their union and their families. I see a lost season and then the right CBA for both sides should be in place before preseason next year. The biggest issue is all of the people who had jobs related to the games. Gosh even Charles at TNT is out of a job. Sorry Charlie! 
I've been very pro owners on this whole thing but the players were not represented properly. But that is like most unions. The Union leaders get good money and the rest of us rank and file tend to be treated as less than equal and a lot of times our rep is just a moron. The art of negotiating is not compromising. Because your union is small, you should be listening and talking to every member of your union and talking to every one on the opposite side of the table. In the real negotiation, you have to talk only to "their representative" but you will know what everyone wants and will have a plan to win. Mr. Hunter it appears you didn't talk to the rank and file nor to the owners individually. You had more than 2 years. You and that "fish" of a Union President are truly a joke. Go take some real executive courses at Harvard or Stanford level programs. Derek you were a good ball player and a great dad but a joke for a Union President. You and Hunter allowed the older players to dictate to you what is "best" without.
In the end the NBA can BK every franchise and your anti-trust suit is out the door and a lot of ball players will be bagging groceries with the rank and file.

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:55 pm

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Damned Plantation owners

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: November 17, 2011 1:48 pm

NBA owners should now disclaim

It would be hilarious if the NBA owners would disclaim the NBA and form an association, so the players couldn't sue them!

If the players can disclaim and continue to negotiate a contract...why can't the owners do the same thing?

These moves are simply sham, legal, temporary manouevers, and the court is (literally in this case) blind to reality in allowing the players to do it, so why can't the owners do the same thing?     

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:35 am

Report: NBA owners to talk strategy on Thursday

Part I find funny is that the players are fighting for a little extra.  Well aren't they going to lose that extra by sitting out a season anyways?

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