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NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

Posted on: October 23, 2011 1:39 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There has been some rumblings, some murmurings, if you will, about a secret contingency schedule for the NBA. All unconfirmed and very hush-hush stuff.

But via, it sounds like the NBPA is convinced the NBA's got one.
While two weeks of the regular season have already been canceled and at least two more are expected to go soon, two sources close to the negotiations said the union believes that Stern assured his ESPN and TNT television partners that, by back-ending the missed games, he can still deliver an 82-game season even if starts in December.

Accurate or not, the players' perception of when their early paychecks will truly be gone for good will determine when they reach for the panic button. Conversely, it seems clear the owners want to push this timeline to the brink to get their dream deal, knowing full well what might happen when players miss the first round of paychecks in mid-November and a second round two weeks later.
While the league might indeed have that backup plan there's a key ingredient to it working: The lockout has to be over soon. It's expected that the league will announce more games will be missed soon, but if games are to get started by December, a deal needs to happen soon.

I don't know how an 82-game schedule would work though. More back-to-backs or would it just extend into June? With the Olympics next summer, that could be a problem if The Finals had to push all the way until July.

I'm sure the league wants to get all 82 games in. It's a lot better than having the scar of a lockout shortened season stamped on 2011-12. But if that's going to happen, one important detail has to be figured out first: a new collective bargaining agreement.
Category: NBA

Since: Aug 26, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 11:16 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

The NBA Stars appear to be speaking for all of the players, however the bench guys and the rooks don't have a multi-million dollar nest egg put back. It sounds to me like the guys that actually need a job should speak for themselmes, because I don't have any sympothy for greedy athletes. Look at the want adds; there are not many jobs for qualified applicants and I don't think many NBA players are qualified or willing to work a real job. Flush this season and see if the Stars are as arrogant next fall!

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:57 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

I'm sure the NBA will make sure the union member's play an 82 game season.All Stern has to do is ask Selig to postpone the MLB season so the all important Union member's make their millions.
Last week it was "Lets start our own leaue"Last month is was 'Let's all go over-sea's & make our millions."
These NBA players have always been out of touch with reality;"We spend more $ , so we need to make more $."
Let me put each sport's importance & popularity,combined, on a scale of 1-10.The NFL would rank a 9.9.MLB would rank a solid 8.5.MMA would rank a solid 5.5The NBA would rank a 4.4.The NHL would rank a 3.3.Now these are just my opinions, but I highly doubt I'm not the only one who feels this way about the NBA.Sure, there are many who think the NBA is a 10, but most of those people are NBA players.They are employees, not employers.They all need a year off to learn that lesson & a very expensive lesson it would be!

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: October 24, 2011 10:14 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

i could care less bout the NBA. i have enough things to worry bout and it makes me sick that all these greedy millionares cant come to an agreement over money when they are ALL ALREADY SET FOR LIFE! none of these fools involved get it and i will not support this league in any fasion.

Since: Nov 3, 2007
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:45 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

Well said Irish lad, I agree !

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 9:25 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

I agree, cancel the stupid season.  The only people that have anything to complain about are we the fans who get jerked around by the players and owners.  They can take their overly priced tickets and stick them up their ass.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:38 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

I hope they play a shortened schedule with a shortened playoffs. I actually wish they'd do that every year but, since they won't, this year is my best shot at what I want. I want a season where individual games matter more (other than a handful of high profile match-ups), and where making the playoffs actually means you had a pretty good year. I know, dare to dream.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 5:02 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

And yet here you are posting a comment about a sport that you don't care about or won't miss...

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:13 am

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

The math is simple: eventually, players have to give back money or the NBA as we know it will fold... and according to the NBPA, it's NOT going to be the stars we all think of as faces of the franchises...they already have made enough money to keep a family of 30 wealthy for life, and aren't in a hurry. I'm shocked the rest of the players haven't already told these guys to take a cut, or take a hike, so the rest of the NBA can end this defacto hostage situation...I suppose, they just aren't hungry enough yet, or are as intimdated by the big names as they hope owners will be. It's a very near sighted plan, that can't hope to succeed.

Oh don't you worry, the time will come when the NBPA faces tremendous pressure from their membership, it's just that right now it's a little too soon for that to happen.  Right now there are probably no more then 40, give or take a few players that are making around 10 million dollars per season or more.  There are about 120 players making 5 million dollars or more in today's NBA.  Since there are about 12 roster spots per team and about 360 regulars in the league, the remaining players far out number the players making the league average or higher.  Once paychecks start being missed, it won't be long before 2/3's of the union's membership start panicking and harassing their union reps and union leaders.  The top 40 players making 10 million or more make up a little more then just 10 percent of the membership.... once again, they get out numbered in a big way.   It won't be long before the players making less then 2 million per season and a lot that make less then 1 million per season start worrying about mortgage payments, car payments, etc.

The only problem is the NBA might have to cancel a ton of games before the players wake up and do what's right.  I'm not sure exactly how many months the players are paid over but it amazes me to no end they aren't willing to take 50 percent of the BRI or 12 or 13 percent less then before, but are willing to give up the equivalent in quite possibly one months worth of missed paychecks.   If they miss a complete season and even if the owners give in and the players only take a 6 percent paycut, the extra 6 percent they gained will take about 16 years to recoup at today's BRI.....

It's just stupid business.  What's even funnier then all of the above is while the players miss paychecks, the owners who lost 300 million dollars last season save 10's of millions every single month the lockout continues.  Yeah, they still have lease agreements and other expenses but don't forget these owners are billionaires, filthy rich people with other successful businesses they can lean on.  The players?  For the most part have nothing...... oh wait, I forgot.  They have the option to play overseas for half or less of what the owners are offering.... yeah, that almost makes sense. 

Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:54 pm

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

But what about fantasy?

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: October 23, 2011 11:50 pm

NBPA convinced league has backup 82-game schedule

PLEASE... PLEASE... PLEASE just cancel the entire season already and quit dragging this !X?!!XX! thing out.  Nobody will miss this fake showboat style of basketball anyways, and nobody cares!

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