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With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

Posted on: September 15, 2009 1:14 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2009 3:41 pm
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NBA referees are scheduled to meet in Chicago on Wednesday to plot their next move as a potential lockout threatens to result in replacement refs officiating regular season games for the first time since 1995.

Sources familiar with the situation declined to comment on the status of negotiations with the league. But after several weeks of contentious talks and plenty of mudslinging, the referees are hunkering down with their lawyers for a crucial strategy session. The referees' collective bargaining agreement with the league expired Sept. 1, and talks on a new contract broke down last week.

They didn't just break down; they broke down with all the pomp and ceremony that are the hallmarks of a good, spirited labor negotiation. According to reports, commissioner David Stern abruptly walked out of a negotiating session on Sept. 8, effectively ending the talks. Lamell McMorris, lead negotiator for the referees' union, labeled Stern's conduct "unprofessional and disrespectful." Richard Buchanan, lead negotiator for the NBA, fired back in a statement in which he accused the referees of reneging on concessions that had been agreed to weeks earlier. Sources familiar with the talks reject the widely reported notion that the two sides are separated by a mere $700,000.

Will the league and its refs get it together before preseason games begin Oct. 1? Doesn't look that way. The referees' annual training camp in Jersey City, N.J., is scheduled to begin Sept. 20, and no additional negotiations are scheduled. In recent years, the refs and league have invited the media to the training camp in a joint effort to show what a good job they all do. Probably not such a good idea this time around.

UPDATE: McMorris and several of his referees had planned to speak publicly Wednesday in Chicago, a departure from their typically secretive existence. However, a person familiar with the situation told CBSSports.com that plans for the media availability have been scaled back to include only McMorris, who will brief reporters after the meeting. Depending on what McMorris' message is, the league may or may not feel compelled to fire back. There is plenty of time for this to get uglier before it gets resolved. And both sides must understand that it's in everyone's best interests to get it resolved. 

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Category: NBA
Tags: lockout, referees
 
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 7:48 am
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

Wait. Im still trying to figure out how Bennett Salvatore not officiating games would be a BAD thing?



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 7:58 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

That was at bucs469



Since: Dec 6, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 7:56 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

Na bro you suck, how bout we send YOUR underpaid loser self to Italy, no one wants to read a pointless comment on someone who don't like the sport.  Your rep should drop to 0 for that worthless post!




Since: Feb 17, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2009 7:13 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

Also if you criticize them, then you usually get popped 10K



Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:34 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

 In recent years, the refs and league have invited the media to the training camp in a joint effort to show what a good job they all do. Probably not such a good idea this time around
The refs were awful last year.  These were some of the worst officiated games I have ever seen.  It has gotten steadily worse every single year.  These guys need to realize they are not meant to be noticed and let their emotions get in the way.  Too many times the energy level of the crowd dictates the call.  The star treatment is even more ridiculous.  They T up scrubs fora look around, but Kobe or Garnett can Verbally assault a guy. It's a joke. The sad part is if these guys are the best of the best I shudder to think of their replacements.




Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2009 6:30 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet (UPDATE)

i hope there is a lockout....the nba sucks...its the most individual team sport on earth....it used to be fun to watch...now i would rather watch curling....the best thing that could happen is for the league to lock the players out...they all go overseas and play and the league folds.....that would put a smile on my face...ship all these overpaid losers to italy or greece....



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: September 15, 2009 3:41 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet

Typical hockey fan who probably doesn't think basketball is important. NBA refs are a cut above college refs, or there would be more college refs moving on to the NBA.
 



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: September 15, 2009 2:34 pm
 

With lockout looming, NBA refs to meet

Officials of all sports need to realize that no one pays to see them, and they are lucky to be gainfully employed.  Honestly, the owners could replace these guys with college refs and I suspect that I and most others would not notice the difference.  If it was somehow kept silent, I'll bet it would take weeks for most to catch on.  Between the moron that went to jail and the others that he has since tried to implicate, it would be welcome for the NBA to blow this up and start over.  Pay them what you think is fair, no more and no less.  I suspect there are hundreds of reasonably qualified refs that would welcome the opportunity.



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