Monday, November 14th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  20 responses

Agent Calls NBA Owners ‘Greedy’ After David Stern Calls Agents ‘Greedy’

*Sigh …* See, this is why we can’t have nice things, friends. David Stern and the agents who represent players aren’t seeing eye-to-eye, to say the least. CBS Sports has the latest verbal spat between the two sides: “Angered by commissioner David Stern’s assertion that greedy agents are imperiling the possibility of reaching a collective bargaining agreement, high-profile agent Mark Bartelstein fired back Sunday night — telling CBSSports.com that it is the owners, not the agents, who are being greedy. ‘The greed that’s being exhibited in this negotiation is strictly on the part of the NBA owners and nowhere else,’ Bartelstein said. ‘When the union has shifted well in excess of $3 billion over the course of this deal from players to owners and that’s not good enough for the owners, that’s the definition of greed.’ In a phone interview with the Association Press, Stern said this weekend that agents appeared to be engaged in an ‘orchestrated’ campaign to conceal details of the owners’ latest proposal from their clients and are choosing instead what he called a ‘losing strategy’ of decertification. ‘By some combination of mendacity and greed, the agents who are looking out for themselves rather than their clients are trying to scuttle the deal,’ Stern said. Bartelstein, one of the most powerful agents in the NBA with dozens of clients, also is among a group of seven influential agents who have collected around 200 signatures on decertification cards to be submitted to the National Labor Relations Board in an effort to dissolve the union in response to what they view as a decidedly one-sided negotiation favoring the owners. ‘If the players are going to make the concessions to address over $300 million a year in a shift in revenue from the players to the owners, the one thing the players should get back is flexibility, freedom, freedom of choice and a more vibrant and free-market system, because it’s a zero-sum game,’ Bartelstein said. ‘Instead, they’re ratcheting down the system in the name of competitive balance, and that’s completely disingenuous. A negotiation is supposed to be about making trades,’ Bartelstein said. ‘The biggest part of any negotiation is the dollars. That’s the biggest part of this negotiation. The players are giving the owners the dollars. If the owners are concerned about competitive balance, it can absolutely be handled through revenue sharing. And the myth they’re putting out there that they can’t share losses, there’s no truth to that argument whatsoever. Revenue sharing has nothing to do with sharing profits and losses. It’s about making sure low-revenue teams can have more revenue so they can be more competitive and you can have a better product. That should be done through revenue sharing, not through getting concessions from the players.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com biged

    I agree with the owners. i wonder why no one ever ask the owners to elaborate. Why don’t they ask David Stern What he means when he says; “the agents who are looking out for themselves rather than their clients are trying to scuttle the deal” Ask him how are the agents not looking out for their clients because they want their clients to have a better deal. Bartelstein is right, if the players are giving you the cash, which is the better part of the deal, then the fair thing for the owners to do is to give them the flexibility and give them ways to make money. If you don’t want the players to have power or flexibility in the name of competitive balance, then give them the upper hand on the cash. If you don’t want to do any of those two, then the best thing to do is to separate both fairly, let each side have flexibility and money making opportunity…..The owners want the power and the money. I don’t know too much detail about revenue sharing and if it will work or not but its worth a shot. I say the players should say NO DEAL

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    * I meant to say I agree with the agents, my bad. Not the owners

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    I meant to say that I agree with the Agents. My bad, not the owners…

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kda-oqHCcY IAMORANGE4EVER

    Agents are getting a facial by the NBA. BOOK IT!

  • bull22

    agents bottom line is one thing, MONEY. they dont care if the fans get screwed over or not.. anyone who has gotten a chance to sit in some kosher seats and not the nosebleeds know how agents treat the fans.

  • LA Huey

    ^same thing with most owners.

  • http://sportsnickel.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/silvastpierre.jpg Jukai

    Yeah, who cares if the agents are right. SLAM commentating has gone to the imbeciles.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I’m with Jukai. WHERE ARE IS WALDO

  • anthony y

    The agent is absolutely right. The players are giving you 3 billion and that’s not enough? The definition of greed. #occupytheleague


    Waldo is in Phoenix and suffers from OCD.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Co-sign Jukai and nbk.
    And Tarzan too. lol

  • http://fivemag.de Speedy

    I agree that both sides are greedy.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    You would know huh suns fan?


    ^ Ha ha ha, get a life.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Get a Clue.


    He said get a clue. Oh the irony. SMH

  • http://www.rich-imaging.com Dutch Rich

    Aah finally the 2 parties reveal themselves. They would have us think that the players were at fault. Both the agents and Stern did a masterful job at diverting fan anger towards the players.

  • http://www.adultism.com justlenny

    Seriously derek fisher can go and get f#%ked!

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