Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  8 responses

David Falk Wants to Mediate the NBA Lockout Battle

With no end in sight for the NBA lockout, David Falk — once the most powerful agent in the League, by far — wants to bring peace among players and owners. From SRI (via 106.7 The Fan): “Does he not think that existing guaranteed contracts should be grandfathered in? ‘Well I think there will be guaranteed contracts. What they’re arguing about mostly is the percentage of the pie. The players are making 57 percent of the pie, the owners want to make it less. And I think there are many ways to solve it. In many ways, having done this for 37 years, and having owned a business that’s bigger than most of the teams, and having been an agent for so many years, I’d love to mediate the dispute because I think there are solutions that are acceptable to both sides. But at the end of the day, this is different than the football situation because the owners are printing money and the owners want a deal in football because they know if they start missing preseason games, for every game they miss, they’re going to be losing money. There are about 14 to 20 teams in the NBA, if they miss games they’re going to make money because the losses are going to stop.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky
  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    For some reason that first link goes to an And1 shoe ad, Tzvi.

  • Jer dawg

    I think of Falk as a sleazy agent, but he’s damn good at what he does. He could make a difference in bringing back the game fans love. I’ll hate you later, Falk. Bring back hoops.

  • JC

    i am suspicious about everything Falk does. it’s like dealing with a devil.
    he is probably a little responsible for the lock because he outsmarted those stupid GMs/owners.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    Falk’s idea of the superstar cap makes for good highlight reels and bad competition – if mid-level players are offered $2mil/5years while LeBron is offered $158mil/5years those mid-level players will go elsewhere, which Falk maybe hasn’t thought of because it wasn’t an option in his heyday.
    There’ll be no Derek Fisher hitting game winning threes when Kobe passes out of the double team, no Bruce Bowen kicking Steve Nash in the face in the WCF, maybe not even a Shawn Marion nicking passes from LeBron in the Finals.
    What it will build is stupidly high star player stats because there’s nobody to stop them, blow-out results for many games because Milwaukee and Cleveland will never attract megastars, and highlight reel ater highlight reel of Dwight Howard dunking over 7′ draft picks from Wyoing State Junior College eight times a quarter.
    Basically, this will turn the NBA into the ABA. He and his ilk would love that kind of showreel stuff because it sells products and tickets, but it’s not good for basketball or the NBA in the long run because the diluted competition will draw fans and players to tougher contests.
    So bad idea.

  • Marco

    they should increase the cap space for smaller marketing teams

  • All Day

    Is it because David Falk wants to become relevant again…ever since his cash cow (MJ) retired, he’s been irrelevant.

  • MikeC.

    @All Day – I’m not sure how old Falk is, so his seeming irrelevancy could be due to semi-retirement. One thing’s for sure, David Falk owned the NBA in the 1990′s and a good chunk of the 2000′s. At one point, he represented most of the Eastern Conference All Star team for several years running. He might seem irrelevant but he could also be taking a backseat to younger agents who work for him. He’s not young Ari Gold any more.