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Thursday, December 9th, 2010 at 11:00 am  |  10 responses

Union: Players Unwilling to Accept Hard Cap or Salary Cuts

The latest salvo in the increasingly depressing fight between players and owners was launched yesterday, as Billy Hunter shouted down the proposed hard cap by the League, and presented his own counter-proposal. NBA.com has the details: “The National Basketball Players Association, in an address to its members last week, said it’s willing and ready to negotiate with the NBA over a new collective bargaining agreement. But don’t try to force players to accept a hard salary cap or salary rollbacks. NBPA executive director Billy Hunter made those points and more in a podcast sent to the entire union membership detailing the union stance, sources familiar with the proposal told NBA.com … The NBPA has offered to negotiate a reduced ‘floor’ in its guaranteed piece of the revenue pie, commonly referred to as Basketball Related Income (BRI), while keeping the ‘ceiling’ at its current level. Players are guaranteed 57 percent of BRI in the existing agreement, which expires at the end of the season. The union agreed with the league that increased revenue sharing is needed among clubs, too. But the players are holding firm on certain tent-pole principles. ‘The union will not agree to a hard cap on the heels of the league generating record revenues year after year,’ Hunter told the players. Any insistence on a hard cap could well be the major sticking point in the negotiations, and could lead to a work stoppage next summer. Hunter recently said that he’s ’99 percent sure’ a lockout is coming after the CBA expires. NBA spokesman Mike Bass issued the following statement Wednesday with regards to collective bargaining: ‘Our goal remains the same: a sustainable business model that encourages teams to make necessary investments and provides the opportunity for all 30 teams to compete for a championship.’”

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  • JTaylor21

    I am with them on the no hard cap and salary cuts but whats with the no-age limit. It’s has really helped guys like EG, DRose, KD, BGriff, JWall and countless others who have gone to college for one year, dominated, and came to league better players than they would have been if they came straight to the pros after HS.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    These NBA players should take the salary cuts and negotiate the no age limit back in the NBA. If a player feels after High School, they can play in the NBA, they should get the opportunity, just like other people do in golf, soccer, tennis and baseball. Football is just a differnt beast. Also these NBA players have to realize they are making a GREAT living playing the sport they love, so losing some money shouldn’t kill them. Also with age limit rule, would Kobe, Lebron, Amare, KG, Dwight Howard, Kwame Brown, Darryl Dawkins, Jermaine O’Neal, Tracy McGrady, Al Harrington, Rashad Lewis, Tyson Chandler, Eddie Curry, Monta Ellis, Gerald Green, Josh Smith and many others really be any different if they went to a school were a college coach let them do whatever they want for one season, didn’t care about classes only balling. Age limit rule is a joke and what also is a joke, is these NBA players not willing to cut salary to help a league that has given most of them and their families everything. BOOK IT!!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I’m fine with the hard cap. Salary cuts shouldn’t be mandatory, only negotiated within each team.

    I don’t care about the age limit thing, I can see this one from the owner’s POV. If these 18 YOs are that hard up for cash or pro-level competition, they can go to the D-League or follow Jennings’ footsteps.

  • underdog

    The next Euroleague season is going to be top notch.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    A hard cap would be interesting. No longer would lakers, mav, etc be able to go deep into the luxury to get whomever they want….. Maybe players take a small paycut, idk. I just reeaaaaaaly dont want a lockout. Im gonna kill myself from overdose of vitale and bilas this time next year.

  • Detroit Dave

    Can anyone explain this Revenue Sharing. Is this money in one pool and divided up to give each player there own cut in addition to their salary?

    How can the same owners that offer the contracts complain about the players that sign them?

  • http://ballislife.com Stephon

    NBA lockout here we come. cosign @underdog

  • http://www.slamonline.com Clyde

    Ugh, next year is gonna be horrible lol.

  • hoodsnake

    At the end of the day the players will give in again because this is a disposable income of sorts to these billionaire owners. The only people who really suffer are the damn fans *sigh*

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