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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  10 responses

Report: 15 NBA Owners Hope Players Reject Latest Offer


According to ESPN, hardline owners such as Michael Jordan, Paul Allen and Herb Kohl are hoping that NBA players shoot down the 50/50 proposal, so that they can truly crush them with the next offer(s): “The deal, which the union sees as an ‘ultimatum’ offer, calls for players to receive anywhere between 49 and 51 percent of basketball-related income, but the group of displeased owners, the sources said, are hoping the players reject it. Stern has issued a Wednesday afternoon deadline for the deal, which players argue would make it nearly impossible for them to get anywhere above 50.2 percent of revenue. If the players do not accept this deal, Stern said the next one will call for a 53-47 split in the owners’ favor, along with essentially a hard salary cap. Sources have told ESPN.com that the union’s executive committee is scheduled to meet with the 30 player representatives in New York on Tuesday and a source said earlier that the union appears split on the deal. The executive committee, the source said, is staunchly against voting to approve the deal, while the player reps may also be divided. However, a source said later Monday that the owners on the call fear that the player reps will push to approve the deal with the clock ticking. Stern was not on Monday’s call, but the sources said that up to 11 owners took part, including Charlotte’s Michael Jordan, Portland’s Paul Allen and Milwaukee’s Herb Kohl. ‘There are at least 15 owners who are praying that the players say no,’ one source said, ‘because then they’ll get the deal they want.’”

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  • Riggs

    Played themselves into a corner.

  • Riggs

    but yeah lets support the owners! smfh.

  • Justin

    Absolutely let’s support the owners

  • Cameron

    Fuk the owners and fuk MJ in this whole ordeal….The players play while the owners sit on there ass. It shouldn’t be at 57% like the last one but it shouldn’t be in the owners favor either…..

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

    OWNERS AND TOP EXECUTIVES FUKKING OVER THEIR EMPLOYEES? THATS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE, AND IS CERTAINLY NOT HAPPENING AT AN EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH RATE NOWDAYS.

  • bike

    Strategy all along. Back the players down, let them become divided, and wait for them to crawl back on their hands and knees begging for their jobs back.

  • robb

    of course they wanna crush the players, how do you think those owners got that rich? crushing people is part of their jobs. Maybe the players should accept the deal. And about MJ I think it’s different for him, he’s not as rich as the other owners, of course he wants to get a better deal than a 50-50.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    MJ didn’t crush sh*t, Nike is the ones that did all the crushing. MJ and Paul Allen are clowns, those guys have all the money in the world yet they are playing the “poor owner” role. F*cking joke.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    owners and stern playing possom. they really want them to accept it. game recognize game.

  • g

    scumbag owners the NBA has turned to a mob league full of bullies

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