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Tuesday, October 18th, 2011 at 9:00 am  |  33 responses

David Stern Hopes NBA Games Resume Within 30 Days


by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

If you own some type of mass communication device — be it a television, computer, phone, etc. — there’s a very good chance you saw David Stern’s mug on there over the past few days. The NBA Commissioner has been on a massive media blitz, spreading the gospel of NBA team owners.

And even though his rhetoric has mostly reeked of thinly-veiled intimidation, misinformation, and strategically placed threats against players and their union, he continues to hold out some hope for the 2011-’12 NBA season.

During his latest appearance in front of cameras, yesterday on CNN, David Stern expressed a desire for a quick resolution to the lockout, and for games to start being played within a month.

Per the NY Times/Reuters:

National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner David Stern has set his sights on the regular season starting within 30 days as team owners and players prepare to resolve their labor dispute through mediation … “We would push as hard as possible to be up and running in 30 days,” Stern told CNN on Monday about his hopes for this week’s negotiations. Asked what would happen if no deal was reached, he replied: “We keep negotiating and we keep losing games in the calendar.” Stern had already identified Tuesday as a potential make-or-break day.

“If there’s a breakthrough, it’s going to come on Tuesday,” Stern said in an interview with NBA TV. “And if not, I think that the season is really going to potentially escape from us, because we aren’t making any progress.”

After meeting with each side separately yesterday, federal mediator George Cohen is set to get reps for the owners and the players’ union in the same room today to see if, for the sake of the game, a reasonable truce can be worked out.

Union president Billy Hunter has repeatedly said that, if both sides are truly intent on making one, a deal can be reached within hours. We’ll soon find out just how badly (and quickly) the League and its players want to get back on the court.

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  • http://itsahardwoodlife.blogspot.com omphalos

    Cohen to the rescue, please God.

  • Thomas

    That’s it. This tells me there will be a season.

  • http://www.cbssports.com/nba/story/15751808/taxation-with-representation IAMORANGE4EVER

    3 KEY Solutions that will save the season:
    1. New salary cap “flex tax”
    2. BRI Split – 52% for Players 48% for Owners
    3. Teams minimum payroll increased to 85% of the cap

    Click my name to read an article by Ken Berger that gives a good explanation of the flex cap and other solutions for George Cohen, the owners, and players to make a new CBA happen.

  • http://www.optimabbc.be Max

    YEAH BUDDY!

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    MAYBE,

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    The posturing on both sides should be enough to make these guys egos feel better by now….man up, reach a deal, end this sh*t and proceed to start making big money again by having filled buildings before you lose a large portion of your fanbase for good.

  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    SHUT UP EBOY.

  • bull22

    i dont see eye to eye with eboy the majority of the time, but iam with him on this one.. a large fan base will be gone for good if they don’t resolve this mess. they lost fans back in 1999 and they have not come back and i know many that till this day have stayed away from the nba.

  • bike

    Players, you have way more to lose than the owners so swallow some pride and take the first step in making some concessions. Owners, bend a little. The league is not broken. Lose the season and you lose the fan base and you lose mega revenue. Then the league will be broken.

  • Kilo

    F*** David Stern, because he is trying to screw the players and then he acted like the wohle season would be canceled. Now he figures the players won’t break, so he’s pulling a b**** move.
    @UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER
    Go away.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/mediator-111018/nba-lockout-george-cohen-save-season Allenp

    Chad Ford has a good story on the lockout today. Click my name for it.
    He lays out how it’s everybody’s problem and nobody is completely right or wrong. And thus, just like in most human relationships, everybody has to lose for everybody to win.
    What we have right now is both sides, but primarily the owners, trying to minimize their losses to the the greatest extent. The players are trying to protect their guaranteed deals and ability to earn nice salaries across the board.
    The owners want to be guaranteed a profit no matter what their teams do on the court.
    Depending on your perspective, one side may seem more unreasonable than the other, but the key is that both sides have definite interests they are trying to protect and their bargaining partners need to respect and understand those interests. The solution will come when both sides figure out just how much of their goals will be met.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/mediator-111018/nba-lockout-george-cohen-save-season Allenp

    How many of their goals, I should say.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    The player’s demands seem much reasonable to me than the Owners. In what kind of world does a business still expect to be profitable when they are not putting a good product out there. So basically some owners could decide to spend less money on quality players in order to save a buck (which leads to a bad team/record) and they still will be able to make a sizable profit at the end of each season, that’s BS. You have to spend money in order to make money.

  • Wayne Wettlaufer

    It’s unfortunate that the NBA powers that be didn’t learn anything from the ’94 baseball strike. Baseball still hasn’t recovered.

    Let’s take a look at how we got here. NBA players want too much. NBA owners want too much. The fans and the little people who depend on the teams for their jobs and livelihoods be damned.

    Ageneral rule of thumb for business is distribute 52% of revenue in the form of salaries and bonuses. It’s unrealistic for owners to ask for less and ridiculous for players to want more.

    Owners: get your houses in order! You can’t keep paying the big names so much money that you are no longer profitable. You can’t keep paying the big names or “big three” name so much that you can’t pay the rest of your team. You want the players to accept a hard cap? How about the owners accepting a hard cap? Exceed the cap at a 100% matching penalty to the league.

    I’m so fed up with both the players and owners posturing that I may not watch another game. If you think I’m the only one, just watch!

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/mediator-111018/nba-lockout-george-cohen-save-season Allenp

    Well JTaylor
    The flip argument is in what world does an employee expect to be guaranteed a job and payment even when they don’t meet expectations. In many jobs, not all though, you can be fired or have your pay docked when you fail to perform. Not so in the NBA, at least not without continuing to be paid.
    Of course, NBA coaches, general managers and other executives get the same deals, but since they aren’t players, people aren’t upset about that.

  • Corsico

    I hope the NBA both resumes and Stern resigns in 30 days.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Fair point but it should go both ways. You can not punish players for failure to peform while bad coaches get off scot free. Isn’t there a team out there that’s still paying the salaries of a couple coaches?

  • http://myspace.com/gametimeweezy Gametimeweezy

    The way the NBA has gone global it will never lose its fanbase, its only going to grow. Anybody who isn’t an NBA fan after this lockout is the same person who says they like hockey better than basketball.. Cant play basketball and isnt a real fan.

  • http://slamonline.com BossTerry

    MAKE IT HAPPEN! you little turtle-looking man..

  • robb

    “everybody has to lose for everybody to win” I really hope both parts understand this.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    ʞɔnɟ david stern

  • stayweird38

    I hope they kill David stern I hope he reads this too

  • Double J

    flipped!

  • stayweird38

    I hope David stern gets hit by a car

  • Josh

    82 games then playoffs is to many anyway, after teams are in the top 8 they stop playing… ridiculous.

    Play 60 games, get at least 2 days rest between games.

    Better quality games, less injuries, more motivated players.

  • http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/31975/the-art-of-irony Allenp

    People got bent out of shape about Malcolm Gladwell’s story where he compared NBA teams to works of art. But guess who said the exact same thing before? Dan Gilbert.
    Click my name for a blurb where he explains how being an NBA owner makes you lots of money in other ways.

  • Jerry

    The owners are scum! Greedy bastards!

  • Clos1881

    I can’t wait for the season to start outside of my tarheels I hate college basketball and nfl is once or twice a week.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    This could be the break through we need… just in time too, otherwise eddy curry was going to throw in the towel and head back to sizzler.

  • http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/a-quick-guide-to-the-issues-of-the-nba-lockout/2011/10/11/gIQAon1ZbL_story.html unf*ckwitable

    f*ck u stern.

  • freezy23

    does anyone know if the talks have ended tonight or whats going on

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    deal’s gonna get done soon guys! we will have an NBA season!!!!

  • Justin

    JTaylor, how do bad coaches get off scott free? They get fired. Yes, they get paid but that’s the contract that’s signed. Bad players get released if it’s financially a smart thing for the organization to do but you don’t see it as often as coaches taking the blame and getting let go. And Wayne, I don’t get a lot of your arguments. Make the owners accept a hard cap? That’s what the owners want!

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