Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 9:20 am  |  9 responses

David Stern Hoping to Avoid Lockout Through Intense Negotiations

David Stern doesn’t sound too confident that a lockout can be avoided, but he assures the press and NBA fans that players and owners will do all they can to reach an agreement. From CBS Sports: “NBA owners and players will meet Wednesday for a ‘full-blown bargaining session’ in the hopes of gaining momentum toward a new collective bargaining agreement before a lockout is imposed July 1, commissioner David Stern said Tuesday night. In his annual pre-Finals media address, Stern said it will be a ‘challenge’ for both sides to move off their current positions in time to avert a work stoppage, the threat of which already has begun damaging the business. ‘The question is whether the owners and the players will be bold enough to do what has to be done here to keep this sport on the tack that it is on now, which is straight up,’ Stern said. Two bargaining sessions already had been scheduled for next Tuesday and Wednesday in Dallas during the Finals, but Wednesday’s session in Miami was added after the National Basketball Players Association introduced what Stern described after his media address as a new “concept” last week. Stern described the status of negotiations as a ‘give and take,’ and said the players haven’t submitted a formal counterproposal to the owners’ revised proposal, which was handed over in April. ‘We told the players and the owners to bring their negotiating talents to South Beach,’ Stern said. Stern said the players’ new proposed concept addressed one of the key issues the owners are trying to resolve in their efforts to vastly change the financial landscape of the sport in favor of the owners. Asked after his media address if the players’ new concept moved the negotiating needle, Stern said, ‘We have a deal that nothing moves the needle until the moved the needle is moved. We have no agreement on anything until there’s agreement on everything.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Given the way the season, the Playoffs and now the NBA Finals have played out, the League would be absolutely STUPID to let a work stoppage happen.
    This season has sparked more interest than probably any other in a very long time. Instead of letting that momentum die out after July 1st, they need to do everything possible to keep it going.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Cheryl

    No hard cap, keep the MLE, shorten the guarantees on contracts, and make it extremely profitable for a player to stay with the same team, like 5 or 6 guatanteed years whereas other contracts are 4 years max with only the first two guaranteed. This avoids “franchise tagging” a player yet makes it really difficult to “take my talents to…”.

  • Jer dawg

    I’ve already not given a rats ass about the NBA finals due to lingering lockout. I have little faith in how owners and players reciprocate their demands because these ARE negotiations. Seeing how the NFL is I see no reason the NBA making any progress sooner than football. NFL is stupid for not doing business the right way. The parity in football is how the old system
    Is set up and nobody loses. Not unless these owners claim they are losing. NBA is a little more understandable. Season is too long, there are dog days of basketball season. They need to preserve this momentum. I love basketball, but NBA isn’t doing it for me. Too corporate.

  • bull22

    what david stern and stu jackson need to do is step down and resign and allow someone else to restore integrity and fairness to this game….

  • MikeC.

    @Cheryl – I think you’re 100% on point, except for keeping the MLE. The MLE is responsible for some of the most godawful contracts in the league. Nobody forced the GMs or owners to hand out those contracts, but they always end up being terrible signings. Jerome James, Jason Kapono, Al Harrington. These guys are worth more than the vets’ minimum, but they end up with a big slice of the MLE after having a good “pending FA” season, then slide back to the norm of their career and end up being horribly overpaid salary cap albatrosses. I totally agree with making it incredibly financially lucrative for the players to stay with their existing teams. That way, if a FA leaves, we’ll know he really really really meant it.

  • Eddie1

    Illuminati time for D Stern and crew. He knows how to “negotiate.”

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to the Baphomet.

  • http://fkjslf.com Jukai

    Two words: PROFIT SHARING

  • hoodsnake