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Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Posted on: May 4, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: May 4, 2011 12:08 pm
Posted by Royce Young

The owners submitted a new proposal recently to the NBA players union and the players are reportedly unhappy with it, according to The new proposal is a 10-year year deal that evidently isn't much different than the original one made a more than a year ago.

"Unfortunately, the proposal is very similar to the proposal the league submitted over a year ago," union president Derek Fisher told "This last proposal doesn't look close to what we were expecting."

A lot of hope had been building as of late with the NFL's lockout being overruled by a judge and because of the incredible push the NBA has made over the season that a lockout would be avoided. And while it still very well can be, evidently the players are looking for something better than what they got.

The owners are opting out of the existing collective bargaining agreement as they're looking for major rollbacks in current contracts, cutting guaranteed contracts, a hard salary cap and a larger chunk of revenue. Under the current CBA, players receive 57 percent of the league's revenue.

David Stern said last month that the league is projecting a $300 million loss for the current season. The union disputes that number.

"With the recent news that Round 1 ratings are at an all-time high, the popularity of the game globally has never been higher, we have to work to keep this going in the right direction," Fisher also said. "I will continue to urge our players to be prepared in the event of a lockout, but will remain steadfast in my efforts to drive this process forward."

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 3:44 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Owners continue to pay players exorbitant amounts of money to play for their team because if they don't, someone else will. So in effect, the owners want the players to save the owners from themselves. Get a grip. If you don't think the players are worth what you're paying them you have 2 options. 1- Don't give them the big contracts in the 1st place, or 2- Get into a different business. It's not rocket science.

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:36 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

1ballfan, how much do uneducated whites get paid for what you do?

Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 1:24 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

fortyacres71, YOU MAKE AN EXCELLENT POINT!!  They shouldn't be able to retire when they're done playing.  We don't get to retire when we are 35 and live the rest of lives in wealth and luxury without having ever work again!

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 11:29 am

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

The NHL must be licking their chops hoping for both an NBA and an NFL lockout (well at the least the owners who don't own both an NHL and an NBA Team).  Then they might be able to beat Texas Holdem Poker ratings in the States.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:52 am

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Some of you on here do not understand even the simple facts of the current labor battles in both the NFL and NBA.

First of all anyone who compares in any way these labor unions or "acting unions" to their 9-5 job should do some research before posting. Professional sports leagues enjoy tax breaks and other governmental perks and with that they have certain responsibilities. The owners cannot fold the league without federal approval that would follow an extremely long court battle. The players do have rights and I cannot understand why anyone would post that they should not exercise every one of them. What the owners do know is that time is ALWAYS on their side in labor battles. Players will break after a while because they cannot afford not to.

Saying that, the similarities between these two leagues labor battles ends there. The NFL players have a MUCH better case then the NBA players do. In the NFL there are no local tv contracts to complicate league finances, it is much easier to impliment caps and floors in that environment then it is in the other sports leagues. The NBA should use the NHL as an example of what needs to be done to get the sports finances back in line. The NHL was not afraid to alienate fans for a year to ensure the future of the league and its principal investors are taken care of. Owners do not own teams to make the fans happy, they own them to turn a profit. Making fans happy is a byproduct of the teams success and should be every owners goal (well maybe not Donald Sterling), but stop fooling yourselves about them actually caring about you in any real way. They will do what it takes to increase their bottomline and that my friends is capatalism.

Another misconception that is constently thrown around is the idea that boycotting the game changes the team owners finances in any significant way. Back before multibillion dollar tv contracts it may have had an effect, but that is not the world we live in. The facts are you would need to get yourself and a few million of your closest friends to stop watching on tv for aproximately the next 5 years so the next tv contracts are not as rich. That is the only way to effect the owners bottom line in any significant way.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2011 10:06 am

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Tatoos are expensive.  Greedy owners and greedy players.  Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:47 am

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

That is the most offensive and ignorant post I've ever read.  I'm guessing you weren't an athlete?

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 9:25 am
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Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 5, 2011 8:09 am

Time to Pay up

The rich, greedy NBA owners better pay all money the players union wants or they'll be in court and lose big like the nfl.  The owners have plenty of millions to pay the players a lot more money for all the sacrifices they make.

Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:19 pm

75& or more cannot get in to college

Laughing! 75% of the NBA cannot spell the words 'real work'. College get real.

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