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Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:56 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2011 5:52 am
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Time waits for no man. Or union of men.

One day after the NBA announced that it was cancelling the first two weeks of the regular season after failed negotiations with the National Basketball Players Association, ESPN.com reports that the union has scheduled its next major meeting to discuss the state of affairs.

Billy Hunter will meet with NBA players Friday afternoon in Los Angeles, according to sources with knowledge of the situation.

After more than 12 hours of negotiations with the NBA Sunday and Monday proved fruitless, Hunter wants to begin meeting face-to-face with groups of players to explain the details of where the league and the union stand.

The NBPA's last major meeting was held in Las Vegas in September. Hunter and NBPA president Derek Fisher led the proceedings and handing out t-shirts that read "Stand" to roughly 35 players who attended. 

The NBPA had planned to hold a regional meetings in Los Angeles on Monday but Hunter's plans changed when the NBA and NBPA decided to engage in last-minute talks on Sunday that carried over into Monday.

Hunter enters the L.A. meeting as the bearer of bad news. With both economic and system issues separating the players and owners in their negotiations, the pressure from his rank-and-file is only going to increase as the players continue down the road toward missed paychecks. Hunter is tasked with plotting the next steps for the union while each two weeks that pass represent the possibility of another two weeks of the regular season cancelled. 

On Tuesday night, there were still no official meetings between the NBA and the NBPA scheduled.
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Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:34 pm
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

BTW-

The "STAND" shirts ARE cool. Too bad they could only FIND 35 members to wear them. 

I can't wait for the NEXT few union shirts...I imagine the evolution would be like this:

STAND...WALK....WAIT...WAIT SOME MORE...BORROW...WORRY.....CURSE....

LEAVE...REGRET...SUBMIT... BEND OVER...and COMPLAIN.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:28 pm
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

 Amare Stoudamire thinks the players should start their own league.

I agree with him.

It would be a better education than ANY of the players have gotten so far.

All they need is a few Billion dollars of THEIR OWN MONEY, and a few thousand people they can trust that have run a muti-billion dollar business with employees that are uneducated, undisciplined, egotistical, greedy, irresponsible, substance and spousal abusing, starving for attention and want the franchise to make no money. 

Brilliant ! 

I don't have any evidence to support it, but I suspect the NBA has the lowest average athlete IQ of any professional sport other than boxing. That might be a clue as to why this process is where it's at.  



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

Well, "our rules" actually are that workers have a right to unionize and engage in collective bargaining, right? This isn't the first time that a professional sports league has had a problem between labor and management. I seem to recall the NFL going through the same trauma, oh, was it last spring? The NBA will survive. The brand will suffer. Fans will stay away and turn off their sets--for a qhile. But the association will survive. If MLB is resilient enough to survive ugly work stoppages that alienated fans, then the NBA can, too. It's just a matter of time before one of the sides blinks, then just a matter of a little more time before the fans forgive them.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:39 am
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

If the players don't like the deal, they should go out and work like the rest of us.  Nobody is making them play basketball.  They need to get used to our rules.  If you don't like it, leave.


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Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:17 am
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Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:27 am
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

heavyhitter man that was awesome dude.



Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 12:30 am
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

4 BILLION DOLLARS on the table, 4 BILLION DOLLARS on the table, did I say 4 BILLION dollars on the table.
The owners offered the players 50% or 2 BILLION DOLLARS, did I say 2 BILLION DOLLARS?
Divided evenly among the players that's 10 million dollars, did I say 10 MILLION DOLLARS per player.
And this idiot says more power to the players!!!
IT'S MORE POWER TO THE PEOPLE....AS IN THE FANS!!!
The owners who take all the risks have lost 300 million dollars this past year.
Only 8 teams made money, did I say only 8 teams made money.
Most of the rest of the teams have absolutely no chance to win the title ever!  Did I say EVER?
PLAYERS, TAKE THE 2 BILLION DOLLARS AND DIVIDE IT HOWEVER YOU PLEASE!
OWNERS RUN THE NBA LIKE YOU ARE THE PEOPLE IN CHARGE!
FANS, WOULDN'T YOU LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GO TO ONE GAME A YEAR AND RETURN WITH ALL YOUR ARMS AND LEGS INTACKED?

FIND A WIN, WIN, WIN SOLUTION!
THE OWNERS MUST WIN!!!
THE PLAYERS MUST WIN!!!
THE FANS MUST WIN!!!

RIGHT NOW ONLY THE PLAYERS ARE WINNING!
THE OWNERS ARE LOSING!
THE FANS ARE LOSING!

Where is the media covering the fans side?
Holy bedlam batman, the media really sucks!
Where is the fans voice being heard?
For the next 2 weeks sports media, write about the fans and forget the owners and players!
It could be a whole lot of fun!

HEAVYHITTER!!!



Since: Feb 6, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 11:24 pm
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

More Power to The Players!!!!
The Owners Locked Them Out and Created This Mess!!
Now they want the NBPA to save them from themselves!
No wonder the country is going down the toilet!
Tax the Rich and Stupid!!!



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Billy Hunter to hold NBPA meeting Friday in L.A.

Ben, we appreciate that you are reporting from inside sources about the (lack of) progress of the National Basketball Association labor negotiations.  However, we also believe that you should tell those same sources that the vast majority of sports fans have no concern about the nba.  In fact, the majority of sports fans would prefer the nba would cancel the 2011-12 season.  The association should honor the desires of the fans, if the nba truly does care about what we fans think.  Writers are expected to report all sides of any story, so we wish that you professionals would report to all parties that our idea of labor peace is no season.  To the owners and players, please continue your aqueous ionization and maintain your separated polarity.


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