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LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

Posted on: October 6, 2011 2:32 pm
Edited on: October 6, 2011 2:34 pm

Posted by Royce Young

After labor negotiations fell apart Monday with the players reportedly walking out, David Stern dropped a bombshell in his presser afterwards. The league was ready to go for a real 50-50 BRI split.

The was some dispute over the accuracy of that. There were reports of players being furious over Stern saying that because they say it wasn't offered. Some saw it as a brilliant PR move from Stern to put pressure on the players to get back in the bargaining room and make a deal.

Shannon Brown joined ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and addressed Stern's 50-50 claim. And he doesn't sound like he's buying it.

Everybody wants everybody on their side so if he told the media whatever he told them that is just to get everybody who doesn’t really know what is going on on their side. That’s the way he wants to play the game and that’s the way he’s playing the game. Everybody, the truth will come out when it’s all said and done. The books haven’t been all the way open so you never know know what’s not being said. I just try to leave that part alone and just focus on coming to this agreement.
Of course Brown has been teammates with Derek Fisher for the past few years so it's likely they've talked since Monday. But Brown's pretty much calling Stern a liar here. A lot of players evidently feel this way but saying "the truth will come out when it's all said and done" is a pretty strong indication Brown thinks Stern is lying.

And here's the thing: Stern very well could've been lying. He could've been using the media as a negotiating tool, which isn't anything new. Stern's a brilliant negotiator and you better believe he has a reason and plan behind everything he says and does. So this 50-50 claim had a motive, whether it was just Stern sharing the truth to put pressure on the players or him making up something to do the same.

Since: Oct 4, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2011 11:43 am

LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

This is not about how us average workers would like that money, so therefore they should be happy with making what they make. That is totally besides the point. I do agree that the owners have a right to want to make more money, however I do not agree with their methods (not a huge fan of the players' position either) as it sends a bad message: Work with us or we'll string you out til you're broke. If that's the method the owners want to use, then they need to be prepared for the players doing what they have to do.  Either way this season looks to be a possible no -show lol

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:31 am

LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

Stern's account has been verified with a little different spin by the players. They did turn down 50-50% split. However they did so before the owners voted and likely would not have agreed either. There is no way for the owners to remain in business at that level. Ultimately the league gets degraded by other cuts that hurt the game. Owners have the right to a return on investment, the same as every other business. The players do not want to work for ~$250,000 per hour average game hours. That blows me away. I would like just 1 of those hours. Those here that work for a paycheck should be stunned by this average (and $4M per player per year) that the owners have offered and the players have scorned. This will take some time to get the players reoriented to their reality.

Since: Oct 6, 2011
Posted on: October 6, 2011 5:29 pm

LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

very well said

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 6, 2011 3:40 pm

LA's Brown on negotiations: Truth will come out

Here's the truth...

Stern is a commissioner of a league where the employees think they deserve a majority of BRI (Basketball Related Income) without paying any of the BRE (Basketball Related Expenses)...and it's ALL BSS. (Bull Schidt Stupidity). The players are offended that owners didn't jump at the concession to only lose $100 million a year instead of $300 million a year, so they can continue to make 10 times more money than they can elsewhere, until the NBA goes bankrupt. 

Players are attempting a robbery by holding the gun to their own head. Eventually, owners are going to give up and tell them to "go ahead and shoot".

The only people on the players "side" are people that don't understand the simple rule that the first priority of business HAS TO BE TO STAY IN BUSINESS...unfortunately, the players don't understand...they don't trust owners that pay them millions, but they trust agents that will drop them for NFL, NHL, MLB and MLS players them minute their checks stop....go figure.

Go ahead and shoot, already.

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