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Report: Owners, players to meet next week

Posted on: July 27, 2011 6:54 pm
By Matt Moore

There have been "staff meetings" between representatives of the NBPA and the NBA owners in the past two weeks. Naturally, no substantive progress has been met, but hey, it's something. Now comes word that next week may mark an actualy, honest to God meeting between relevant personnel. From Sports Illustrated:
On Tuesday, Tom Ziller of SB Nation reported the NBA players’ union and league officials were planning the first official post-lockout collective bargaining talks for some time in the first two weeks of August. That meeting will take place next week, barring some unforeseen scheduling issue, according to two sources familiar with the matter. It could take place as early as Monday, depending on how the schedules of a few key figures shake out, according to one of the sources.
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This isn't a significant move. This isn't going to usher in some sort of sudden agreement. No breakthrough will be made. But it's a start. It's getting both parties in the same room, at the table, talking. And that's the only way we're going to get any sort of momentum, is with constant conversations that lead to a concession which leads to the other side offering their own concession and back and forth until a breakthrough is made. That's the only way we're going to get a deal before the start of the season, before Christmas, before we lose the entire year. 

Expect to hear the same doom and gloom out of this meeting as all the rest. The owners aren't going to move off the hard cap, or drastic salary reductions, the players aren't going to suddenly concede everything they've drawn a line against. But the fact remains, this is the only way to a solution and to an end to the lockout, by getting both sides in a room with some coffee and having conversations about what and why and how. 

It's nothing big. But it's a start.  

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: July 29, 2011 2:15 am

Players need to demand more, period

It's common sense. Business is not complicated, players are bringing the money to the owner, and the owner wants all of it. Rule # 1: do your research and profit; Rule # 2: "never kill the golden goose" (King of the Hill). The owners are violating rule 2. Players have the power and they know it, but they don't use it. How many players out there are Dwight Howard, James, Wade, Bryant, etc.? Just them. They are the one that attract fans, who the heck would pay to watch second rate players (I am excluding all the players that have their name recognized)? Can someone enlighten me on what the heck the Owner/CEO of the NBA teams do? All I am seeing now is whah-whah-whah I want more millions. As of now, the only owner that have my respect is Cuban, whom payed for the whole celebration for the city of Dallas, and invited the previous owner to share the NBA Final victory celebration. The most unselfish NBA team owner I have ever seen.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: July 28, 2011 9:03 pm

Report: Owners, players to meet next week

The end of the NFL lockout has turned the heat on the owners & players to strike a deal before training camp in september.It's not going to be an easy task for both sides to avolid the courts this is their best chance to have more than 2 weeks of talks.

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