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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: Jul 14, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:13 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Mulligan Man I agree with you 1000%  Take sports out of the equation and I wonder what these greedy players would do for employment. 
It's greed vs greed, neither side is happy. I only wish everyone would quit going to the games and stop watching sports on tv. Our country is in a recession and people are hurting and need work, but, do the players care, Hello No....
Let them go on strike and feel the pain like the rest of us do and see how they like it. Naturally, that would mean cutting off their cocain and drug uses and whatever they do with their millions. 
They need to get a life and be happy sports has been good to them. Quit whinning.....

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2011 10:05 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

I agree.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:25 pm


the players union needs to call the owners' bluff and call for a long-term strike to get all the money and benefits they deserve from the greedy owners, who have plenty of millions to pay whatever the players are demanding.  The players have a ton of expenses and need a lot of money for their lifestyles.

Since: Feb 10, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 9:15 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

In the real world, when the company loses money, it cuts costs or goes under.  I would love to see all these overpaid bastards lose their golden parachute and come crashing into reality.  If I don't like what my company is paying me, my only option is to find another job. If these players don't like their million dollar contracts they should take a hike. It's bullcrap that they can go to court after decertifying their union and get the courts to side with them. The fact that our lawmakers are so stupid that they can't see through the NFLPA's manipulation of the laws is a disgrace. I can't decertify and force my company to pay me more, why should the athletes be allowed to do it.

Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:19 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

The Miami Heat will be the last NBA champions ever. The league will disband after 2011 and all of the players will finally enroll in college.

Since: Feb 11, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 8:14 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Whadda know, more greedy selfish althletes crying a river because the obscene amount of money they make is not enough to pay for the cris, the benzos, the rolexz, the g fives, and all of the other nonsense they buy.  They make me sick.  If they couldn't jump 15 ft they would all be bagging groceries and gang baggin. 

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:55 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

I do not believe the owners are losing money but if they are whose fault is it? If you don't know how to run a business without losing money then you should get out of that business, or run for congress, there is a place where one can make a career out of not knowing how to manage finances.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2011 7:18 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Nobody really cares about the NBA anymore.  The product is not a good sell.

I would watch any division of college BB before I watch a crappy NBA game.  The evolution of the game has not been kind to the NBA.

Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:50 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Why don't the players put forth a proposal that increases their risk while they want a raise. If they want more of the pie why don't put themselves on the line.

Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: May 4, 2011 6:22 pm

Players unhappy with owners' proposal

Fisher and all the other NBA / pro divas want the same thing: Enough money during their 2 to 18 year pro careers that they will never have to work again.  That is bogus.  You have a job through your 20's and maybe into your 30's.  But being a pro athlete is a privilege, not a guarantee.  So these guys whining about needing more, more, more, when your ball career is over, time to get a job where you can add to the betterment of our society rather than sitting around counting your pension.

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