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Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  39 responses

David Stern Threatens to Cancel Entire Season if No Deal By Next Week


If the federal mediator can’t help the players’ union and the League to agree on a deal by next week, NBA commissioner David Stern may not just cancel Christmas games this year (in addition to the games already lost), but the rest of the season could also be in grave danger. Per NBA.com: “Each side is going to meet with the mediator on Monday, and if there’s a breakthrough, it’s going to come on Tuesday,’ Stern said in an interview for 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 … how many times does it pay to keep meeting, and to have the same things thrown back at you? We’re ready to sit down and make a deal. I don’t believe that the union is. Hopefully by Tuesday, aided by the mediator, they’ll be ready to make a deal. Certainly I’ll bring my owners ready to make a deal.’ Stern said it was ‘awful’ that fans have had to miss out on potential games, and that people who work in the league’s arenas may lose income or their jobs. ‘And that’s why I’m delighted that the mediator is in, because he does represent the President’s view — he is a presidential appointee — and maybe with his moral suasion, we might be able to make a deal.’ Stern said he expected a breakthrough last weekend, when the two sides met for about 12 1/2 hours over two days, but that talks broke down on the luxury tax issue, with the league looking for a more punitive tax than the union was willing to accept.”

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  • http://slamonline.com YKnoT

    “Certainly I’ll bring my owners ready to make a deal.” We see who’s running things! Emperor Palpatine strikes again!

  • EJ

    NBA 2k12 should’ve made a game mode where you get to kick David Stern’s @ss.

  • Red Star

    ^^ that would have been amazing!

  • JEr dawg

    I want him to get games started and then we can still hate on him.

  • ripslam

    lol @ EJ

  • seriousblack

    If the NBA really thinks it can further afford to lose the hearts of the average American sports fan, then they are all out of their minds. As strong as viewership and attendance was last season, it still didn’t have as big a chunk of the country’s heart as it did in the 90′s with Jordan. Mainstream America views the league as “too urban”, and it’s best player is among the country’s most hated athletes. If they really think the league can regain its popularity after an entire lost season then both the owners and union are even more clueless than they appear.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    I admire the business man David Stern is, but he’s not acting in the best interest of the league anymore. Is he really trying his hardest to find a solution to this whole mess? I think not. He wants it his/owners way, or he’ll cancel the season. I’m sure he’s hoping the fans will blame the “greedy” players somehow, but in all honesty most of the blame for being in this messed up situation rest squarely on the shoulders of the owners and their leader, David Stern. The players shouldn’t have to pay for all the mistakes of the past. Now the next big mistake will be the damage done to the game if a season is lost.

  • bull22

    MAKE A DEAL ALREADY!

  • yes.we.did

    YOUR owners? What do your owners do for the league? I dont see Dan Gilbert leading the Cavs to the finals. Or Jerry Buss getting the fans out of their seats. And I certainly wansnt aware that the league made billions of dollars last year to watch Mickey Arrison dominate every game. Why dont you act like you give a damn about something other than your reputation and yo fat a$$ wallet. There are other options Stern, and the players will take them. So, why dont you take care of your assets, the PLAYERS, a bit more, and stop vilifying them. Re-damn-diculous.

  • CubicleWorker

    Lol @ yes.we.did… the players have other options? Like playing in a foreign country getting bruised while getting paid 20% of their NBA salary? Sign me up.. And with the exception of a couple handful of players its not like any individual player makes the league, the NBA keeps on going, new superstars comprise the league, old ones leave and a slough of unknown players come and go every couple seasons. It’s business, Stern runs the business. His role is almost as vital as any of the superstars

  • Waggle

    @yes we did… Haha owners are pretty important. What are the players doing witoutnthem? Playing video games, smoking weed, and jacking up 30 open shots a game at some exhibition. Without the owners, there is no league … Just like if there are no players there is no league. Seems like most people that read this site are pretty blind to that. It’s the benchwarmers that get hurt in this scenario losing out on dollars from one of the few seasons they’ll be paid for. The agents, stars, owners don’t care. But the majority of players need to realize that they’re losing out big time for e sake of the superstars

  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Stern drops a bomb.

  • LA Huey

    @Waggle, actually this is about non-star rotation players. The mid-level cats would get hurt most in what the owners propose. Superstars are already underpaid if you consider their ability to move units. The benchwarmers and superstars are the ones that likely won’t see much of a difference in whatever the new deal ends up being.
    Also, the players need the owners and vice-versa. However, right now, it seems the owners are on some Sprewell-ish “I can’t feed my family on tens of millions a year, I need hundreds of millions.”

  • AMPduppp

    And the problem is, these sort of statements only turn public sentiment against the players. Informed and active fans generally support the players in this lockout because they recognize the problems exist in the owners who cannot handle money properly and are demanding salary restructure for their own benefits. The casual fan however sees it as spoiled, greedy players wanting to get inflated salaries for playing a children’s game. I wish Wayne Brady was here to choke a b!tch

  • http://@whogotjazz.twitter.com MIGZ

    they should vote david sterns out of commision dont no body like him if i were to get drafted and had to shake his hand i’d refuse lol

  • T-Money

    wow stern is on the ego trip. he’s making this way too personal.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    I love how Stern says “awful that fans have had to miss out on potential games, and that people who work in the league’s arenas may lose income or their jobs” yet he’s the one that’s threatening to cancel the entire season if the billionaire owners don’t get their way. The amount of bullsh*t that has been coming out of Stern’s mouth the past few weeks could fill the new jersey landfill.

  • http://www.tumblr.com arthurissupreme

    I’ve been saying for about 5 years now, get rid of him. Larry O’Brien was commisioner for 10 years, stern’s been in there almost 30 years and is almost 70. Go to south beach with your millions and relax

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Good analogy LA Huey.

  • http://sajkflf.com Jukai

    It’s a bluff… if he cancelled the entire season, there would be no reason for either side to work towards a deal for any amount of time in the future.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    @Jukai: good logic.
    what Stern said just made him look like complete a$$hole. then again, maybe that’s why i’m no good at negotiating and not a businessman.

  • bull22

    @waggle, one of better points i have read all day and your facts cannot be refuted… if the players could create their own league they would have done it already, but they certainly are not willing to bet their money on it to prove their point. anyway ignore some of these idiots that agree with each other, with time you will see that their noses are in each others behinds…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    You resort to insults quite frequently for someone calling other people idiots.

  • Patrick

    Agreed with Jukai.

    And i agree with Rodman, players bow down please.

  • bull22

    @allenp, the pot telling the kettle… you must suffer from short-term memory loss… because you can dish out as well also brother…

  • bike

    They don’t need a mediator. They need a divorce lawyer.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    when has Allen ever insulted anyone? I know I have numerous times, but i don’t remember Allen straight up calling anyone an idiot or anything like that….

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Allen can insult people every once in a great while, slyly on the low without using vulgarity, but not everyday like some of us on here do.
    Anyways, I just wanna know soon if there’s gonna be a season or not so I can know if I need to go ahead and take the money I was gonna use towards League Pass and put that towards ESPN Full Court.

  • Jeremy

    @BULL22 Shut The hell up You stay on that subliminal racist bull ish

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    ^true

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    And Enigmatic is right, I’m not immune to insults, and I understand that folks get heated.
    But, old boy does it all the time. It’s just words, but it says something about your brainpower when you can’t have a discussion without namecalling. It’s like using vulgarity all the time.
    But, it’s ok. People are going to be who they are going to be. The more they talk, the more you learn about them.

  • Billy Sunday

    It’s the owners fault that league is the way it is now but they’re trying to fix it and the players won’t let them. Small market teams are losing money with these big contracts given to the players. Players want to keep the terms how it was last year. I think if the players want to keep the old contract deal, then the NBA has to cut the small market teams out. Now this makes it harder for the players to make a team so in theory the players are really earning their money now. Both sides will lose some to take some or the poor will get poorer and rich richer

  • TruthHurts

    Jeremy is just as racist.
    He has no room to talk.

  • HEYGUYS

    Man, Stern really pisses me off and the players, they should already ‘bow down’ to their owners like what dennis rodman said

  • roger

    IT IS TIME TO STAND UP TO THE PLAYERS ONCE AND FOR ALL.
    IT IS HARD TO FIND THE MONEY FOR THE FAN’S TO PAY FOR
    1 TICKET FOR THE SEASON,SO I AM OUT OF LUCK. MY TOTAL
    INCOME IS $1,280.PER MONLTH.THE PLAYERS IN ALL PRO
    SPORTS ARE SO SELF CENTERED.
    CANCEL THE 2012 SEASON PLEASE.
    ROGER

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    I have to;
    Allenp called c_cantrell “scum”.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    AND judged him…

  • http://www.conliber.wordpress.com Phil Caldwell

    Seattle fans have already learned how much David Stern cares about loyal fans. It’s more of the same with this guy. It’s just a big middle finger to those who pay the bills (ie: fans). The only saving grace from Seattle’s perspective, is that we’re not paying for a new building while the NBA owners behave like spoiled little brats!

  • Andrew Weaver

    This lockout has little to do with the players and more to do with the owners sentimental reaction of losing revenue. This is attributed by the NBA’s decision to mirror big businesses harmful profit schemes championed by Commissioner Stern and his associates. Otherwise the NBA wouldn’t be in the financial disposition that it’s in. As such you have a commissioner ignoring players concerns by giving full control to corrupt referees who openly admit to betting on games, making wrong calls, and saying they don’t care. This behavior is a way to control the players and the points without the proper oversight. That’s why commissioner Sterns actions have violated the leagues rules and guidelines. This type of behavior is disgraceful and unethical. It’s a spit in the face to players, fans and the leagues image. That’s why I’m asking NBA fans to stand behind the calling for Commissioner Sterns resignation. Because it’s fans who built the NBA’s empire and it’s fans who can change it.

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