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NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:01 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 6:19 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

You spoke out against the family. You threw your brothers under the bus. For that, you must pay.

Yahoo Sports reports that NBA commissioner David Stern has fined Miami Heat owner Micky Arison $500,000 for violating the NBA's gag order for a series of Twitter messages he posted on Friday night. The Sun-Sentinel later confirmed the report.

The messages were posted on Arison's account - @MickyArison - in the hours after labor negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketballl Players Association broke down.

Arison responded to an angry fan who blamed him for being a "greedy pig" by saying that he was "barking at the wrong owner." He also said that owners "care alot" about the NBA's fans and laughed when asked for his opinion of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. 

Arison, the CEO of Carnival Cruise Lines, deleted a number of messages, including the "barking" one, from his account shortly after posting them.

The Heat's owner was recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion. After he spent the summer of 2010 assembling a veritable dream team of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, it's no wonder he might want to get the NBA's schedule started sooner rather than later.

The tweets likely drew such a hefty fine because they represented the first real public fissure in ownerships' position. By and large, the NBA's owners have issued very few comments on the state of negotiations and certainly no one had deviated from the league's message as drastically as Arison did. 

NBA legend Michael Jordan, currently the owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, was reportedly fined $100,000 for his comments about the lockout in September. Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was also reportedly fined for discussing multiple players during the lockout.
Comments

Since: Jun 24, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:54 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

You're a moron! The NBA has flourished when there have been dynasties. Lakers and Celtics ring a bell? You just want competitive balance because your team probably sucks.



You are correct.  No offense, but black star players don't want to play in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Cleveland, or Salt Lake City.  So basketball naturally suffers in those markets.  If the NBA doesn't get a good cap system, I will never return.  This lockout is the NBA's last chance to impact the game in a meaningful way.  If the owners fail at installing a cap...what's the point for someone like me to return?  I'll just keep watching college basketball which is far superior anyway.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Ask the fans in Cleveland how much the players care for their fans.
I wouldn't want to play in Cleveland either.

I just want competitive balance.
ie. You want boring basketball where everyone is the same and no one is any good.



Since: Dec 26, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:38 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

You're a moron! The NBA has flourished when there have been dynasties. Lakers and Celtics ring a bell? You just want competitive balance because your team probably sucks.



Since: Aug 8, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:27 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

The older players are only getting older sitting at home not playing NBA caliber opponents and getting NBA level training. Are they all working out as diligently as they would with coaches and trainers watching over them? Probably not. The NBA window will close fast on those guys who have been in the league over 10 years the longer this strings out. It'll then become do I really want to even play this game anymore after sitting around chilling, eating, partying. It will be terrible basketball when this lockout is lifted.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:57 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Well how about this then?  What if the players assume some of the liability associated with this "partnership"?  The players can take their 53% and spend it on liability insurance for the facility.  Or pay for the marketing of the NBA or the merchandise.  Or how about the players pay the trainers, orthopedists or D-league players.  Maybe the players could pay for the weight training equipment, hot tub, ice tub, locker rooms, etc, etc.  Or what if the players take the hit when the team tanks and ticket sales follow.  For a "partnership" it sure seems lopsided in the division of liability.




Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:46 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

"Arison didn't say anything that wasn't known. It isn't all the NBA owners. It is a couple owners. Like Cavs, Kings, maybe Timberwolves...

They can't make money so they don't care if their is a season. But many other teams want one; esp Miami Heat. Cuban is trying to find a common ground for a deal cause he wants a season too; he realizes his window is closing...as are Lakers and Celtics. OKC wants a shot. Many teams WANT to play. They just can't cause of a few that probably should be gone with contraction.

I'm rooting for the players to not give in to the owners demands. Do not go 50/50. Be reasonable....but not 7% cause next year they will ask for 10. And they will threaten the season again. Cause some owners do not care about fans...they care about fans money. Players actually care for their fans. There is a huge difference.

And for those that are still confused. Owners are not players bosses. This is a partnership. Like a law firm. It isn't a sales company. So enough with the dumbazz analogies that make zero sense."
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Wow, what a shill.

Ask the fans in Cleveland how much the players care for their fans.

And if this were a partnership, wouldn't the players on teams that are losing money be giving back their salaries?  No?  Huh.

I too am rooting for the players to not give in to the owners demands... so the owners can cancel the season and eventually get the hard cap and everything they want.  I don't give a damn about either the players or the owners - I just want competitive balance.



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:37 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Those owners that benefited from the previous system don't mind it, those who got screwed or were losing money seem opposed to it.

Shocking.



Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:40 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Arison didn't say anything that wasn't known.  It isn't all the NBA owners.  It is a couple owners.  Like Cavs, Kings, maybe Timberwolves...

They can't make money so they don't care if their is a season.  But many other teams want one; esp Miami Heat.  Cuban is trying to find a common ground for a deal cause he wants a season too; he realizes his window is closing...as are Lakers and Celtics.  OKC wants a shot.  Many teams WANT to play.  They just can't cause of a few that probably should be gone with contraction.

I'm rooting for the players to not give in to the owners demands.  Do not go 50/50.  Be reasonable....but not 7% cause next year they will ask for 10.  And they will threaten the season again.  Cause some owners do not care about fans...they care about fans money.  Players actually care for their fans.  There is a huge difference.

And for those that are still confused.  Owners are not players bosses.  This is a partnership.  Like a law firm.  It isn't a sales company.  So enough with the dumbazz analogies that make zero sense.



Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:23 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

BAM!  500k without blinking.  Must be nice. 




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:11 pm
 

NBA fines Heat owner Arison $500K for tweets

Before Twitter we should thought owners and players were stupid...Twitter has removed all doubt!!Embarassed


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