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No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:11 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 2:42 am
Posted by Ben Golliver. 


Back in February at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, NBA commissioner David Stern declared that his services wouldn't be worth a dollar during a work stoppage caused by the ongoing NBA lockout. "Last time, I didn't take any salary," Stern said at the time. "I think a dollar would be too high in the event of a work stoppage." reports that, true to his word, Stern will not receive salary during the ongoing lockout.

NBA commissioner David Stern will not collect on his eight-figure salary during the ongoing lockout, according to sources with knowledge of Stern's pay status.

Stern has given no indication that he will agree to lower his salary when the sides ultimately do hammer out a new labor agreement that is expected to be far more restrictive for players. Yet sources confirmed Tuesday that, during the work stoppage, Stern will indeed pass on collecting a salary that, based on a New York Daily News report in February, has been estimated as high as $23 million annually.
The report comes just days after Yahoo! Sports reported that ownership sources say Stern makes between $20-23 million, confirming the New York Daily News report from February. If accurate, Stern would make more than all but one NBA player: Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant.

On Tuesday, we noted criticism from Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes, who openly questioned Stern on Twitter. "23 million a year for Stern, huh," Hawes wrote. "Weird no rumblings about a pay cut for the commish while he hasks every single player to do so."

The "no salary during the lockout" maneuver is a no-brainer. He made the pledge and he has to deliver. It's a solid -- although not game-changing -- public relations strategy, as the news comes while the NBA has taken criticism for two legal complaints it filed against the Players Association, which have been perceived as stalling tactics, and for laying off more than 100 employees at the league office. 

But everyone -- including Stern, presumably -- would prefer that his salary was not a major topic of conversation. Of course, we wouldn't be here concerning ourselves with the executive pay issue if there was any progress being made in the ongoing labor negotiations.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:27 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

I would like to see Billy Hunter and Jeffrey Kessler make the same pledge. Hunter has an enormous salary as well and Kessler is a maddog attorney who wants to fight this out in court because his fees are more than  $23M (just ask the NFL.)

Spencer Hawes is not a league leader. He is a sorry mess of a big man who has been schooled around the league. He really does not have the platform to speak out but those who do have that platform are wise enought to keep their mouths shut. Twitter may be the best invention of the social media but for those players who fail to engage brain before fingers it is also the worst invention. Bringing more issues to split the two sides does not help now. Finding ways to communicate civily is needed to move this mess forward. The ball is in the players' court because they have offered zero solutions to the owners' six losing years under the old contract. They must believe in Santa Claus because they have their head shoved up the . . . chimney waiting for their presents. NBPA, please wise up and start finding ways to bring your demands down now and not waste a year when you will be required to do so by your broke membership.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:42 pm

Don't feel sorry for David Stern

Stern is already exceedingly rich.  He wants to crush the players this time around, and the players don't share his "vision."  I don't expect this to be finished until one minute before a "drop dead" date for even a partial season.  I say they settle in January and the truncated season starts right after the Super Bowl.

Since: Feb 16, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:46 pm

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

$23m is a ridiculous salary for a guy who can't right the ship.  When all your marketing ploys and half-brained antics can't make up for the fact you watered down the quality of the league with expansion, it must be time to stick it to the players.  Can you imagine a CEO of a corporation flopping as bad as him and still keeping his job?  Stern is screaming out "I failed, but if we cut everybodies salaries, we can correct my failures and be profitable again". 

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:43 pm

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

I think Spencer Hawes should do some evaluation of his own performance for the Sixers. Before opening his mouth on being asked to take a pay cut, I think the 76ers fans would like him to take a pay cut because he sucked. That is why they had to try to draft for size and not necessarily talent. The size they have, has no talent. So Spencer, please concern yourself with getting the same amount of rebounds as other 7 footers. Please concentrate on trying to consistently score in double digits. Leave the management of the NBA to those like Stern. You just need to manage your underachieving play.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:02 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

Considering he already stated the fact months ago, I do not see theis being news.   Perchance the writer did not pay attention to the league he was supposedly a study of for the last year?

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:39 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

This is a completely empty gesture as he will most likely receive back pay once the NBA lockout is over.  This is exactly what Goodell ($3.7 million) and Smith ($670,000) did during the NFL lockout: 

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:13 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

Please, please tell me you were kidding.

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:51 am

Big Money

Stern probably has a $100 million in the bank from his inflated salary over the years---giving up a salary for a year is a joke!  He should give all those millions to the players--a lot of these players are broke with no money coming in and need cash ASAP for all their expenses. 

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:16 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

Loved that quote

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:22 am

No salary for David Stern during NBA lockout?

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men."

John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

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