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Hunter slams NBA, backs Fisher in letter to NBPA

Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:23 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2011 11:20 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Another bleeping letter.

Yes, just 24 hours after National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher sent a letter to his union's membership urging solidarity and denying a report of a rift between himself and NBPA executive director Billy Hunter, Hunter has penned a letter of his own.

Hunter's letter comes just hours after a report that suggested some segment of the union's members are getting fed up with his hard-line stance in negotiations.

ESPN.com has the text of the letter. Here's an excerpt.
"We will not be intimidated by public threats, ultimatums and manufactured drop dead dates. We will stand firm in our resolve to negotiate a fair deal for our current membership and those who will join our ranks in the future," Hunter said.

"A move of this magnitude guarantees operating profits for all owners irrespective of quality of management and does not allow players to adequately share in the growth of the league."

Hunter, in the letter, said the NBA seems determined to use hard bargaining tactics to get the deal it wants.

"They have given us 'take it or leave it' ultimatums, threatened to end the season prematurely, reached out to players in an attempt to divide us, misled the press, and pre-conditioned further talks on our acceptance of significant concessions," he said. "This is an unacceptable form of negotiation, especially where the respective fates of the players and the owners are inextricably related. Moreover, it does nothing but damage the relationship between the league and union."
SI.com has printed the entire letter. Hunter concludes by stating that he is on the same page with Fisher. 
Contrary to what is being said in the media, Derek, myself and the Negotiating Committee are of one accord. Derek is a fearless defender of player rights both at the bargaining table and behind the scenes, and he carries out his duties as President with the same degree of courage, focus and tenacity that he has exhibited on the court as a five-time champion. We are all well served to have Derek in a leadership capacity during these negotiations.
The NBPA is clearly in full-fledged damage control mode now with two letters sent in the past 24 hours and no negotiation meetings scheduled. The spirit of Hunter's message is on point: unity, common enemy, etc. But, at some point, NBPA leadership will realize that the only letters their membership cares about are "C.B.A."

This was a no-win situation. Hunter had to say something to calm tensions, but his audience -- not to mention the media -- is demanding action, not words. You can't help but wonder how many of this letter's recipients hit the "delete" button before bothering to read it.
Comments

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:06 pm
 

NBA is a joke

this is just too funny. first, the owners offer a 50/50 split of all revenue to the players and they decline. second, the players apparently want 52.5% (more than half) of the revenue from the owners. and third, are they too stupid to realize that a lot of NBA teams are losing money every year, and the more money that they "steal" from the owners means the less money the teams make.

last time i checked, when companies continue to lose money every year, their business eventually folds. then there will no longer be any revenue to pay their employees. good job NBA players, demand all of your companies profits so their business can lose all their money and fold. then you will no longer have to worry about a contract at all, thats right, no job anymore. then you will look back and say, "you know what, maybe i should have been happy with my 10 MILLION per year, instead of causing a lockout because my greedy ass needed 12 MILLION per year".

i guess its nothing short of a miracle that the other 99% of us in this country (who make less than a fraction of what you make per year) are able to support ourselves with our petty 40k or 50k salaries. 

i could care less what anybody else thinks about this, there is no way that you can convince me that its "the players" who are right during this lockout. the owners offered HALF of their revenue (which totals somewhere in the high billions) to the players, and the players said no, they want more.

i used to love basketball, i will never watch it again. (im assuming of course that someday the 2 sides will actually sit down and figure out how to divide billions and billions of dallars with each other)




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:05 pm
 

NBA is a joke

this is just too funny. first, the owners offer a 50/50 split of all revenue to the players and they decline. second, the players apparently want 52.5% (more than half) of the revenue from the owners. and third, are they too stupid to realize that a lot of NBA teams are losing money every year, and the more money that they "steal" from the owners means the less money the teams make.

last time i checked, when companies continue to lose money every year, their business eventually folds. then there will no longer be any revenue to pay their employees. good job NBA players, demand all of your companies profits so their business can lose all their money and fold. then you will no longer have to worry about a contract at all, thats right, no job anymore. then you will look back and say, "you know what, maybe i should have been happy with my 10 MILLION per year, instead of causing a lockout because my greedy ass needed 12 MILLION per year".

i guess its nothing short of a miracle that the other 99% of us in this country (who make less than a fraction of what you make per year) are able to support ourselves with our petty 40k or 50k salaries. 

i could care less what anybody else thinks about this, there is no way that you can convince me that its "the players" who are right during this lockout. the owners offered HALF of their revenue (which totals somewhere in the high billions) to the players, and the players said no, they want more.

i used to love basketball, i will never watch it again. (im assuming of course that someday the 2 sides will actually sit down and figure out how to divide billions and billions of dallars with each other)



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Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:29 pm
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Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:11 am
 

Hunter slams NBA, backs Fisher in letter to NBPA

hunter is a child making a childs rant



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:10 am
 

Hunter slams NBA, backs Fisher in letter to NBPA

hunter is a child making a childs rant



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:02 am
 

Hunter slams NBA, backs Fisher in letter to NBPA

"A move of this magnitude guarantees operating profits for all owners irrespective of quality of management and does not allow players to adequately share in the growth of the league."
Who really listens to this same tired old claim that is refuted by audited financial statements? Hunter is now more knowledgeble than the entire professional accounting industry? A 50-50 split will require the owners to cut over $100M of other expenses to breakeven. Sure New York will make money and so will L.A. But most will not and there is no guarantee in business. Going by past results the 50-50 split is not a positive for the owners. It drops almost all of their losses which means an average of about 15 teams have the opportunity to make money while the other half will lose money. When you consider how much New York Knicks alone take away from the split (they are reported to get over $300M/yr from local cable alone) and L.A. (they are reported to get over $150M/yr from local cable alone) will take away that leaves other clubs gasping for air even in this offer. Hunter is all about rewriting generally accepted accounting practices because he does not have a leg to stand on after the league called his bluff and delivered audited financial statements for all 30 teams.

And that leaves the issue of the rift in the ranks of players. Ben called for a vote of the players in another blog post and that is exactly what is needed. Take a completed deal with 50-50 split to the players and see if most don't snap it up. If this is right than only Billy Hunter and the agents he listens to stand in the way of players starting training camps and playing. Your call Mr Hunter. Your call.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:59 am
 

Hunter slams NBA, backs Fisher in letter to NBPA

I wonder if they all dressed up as clowns for Halloween because this has been nothing but a big circus.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:58 pm
 

Billy Hunter slams NBA in letter to NBPA

Who really F88Kin cares..thugs. stay out forever. NBA is a joke



Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Billy Hunter slams NBA in letter to NBPA

Actually, the fact there are 4 NBA teams for sale, should let you know that maybe the owners actually ARE losing money.  not that I feel sorry for either side, I simply find it incredulous that any EMPLOYEE (because thats what the players are), would demand to make more money than the OWNER of the business?!  You can say this "wouldn't happen in the real world" all you want, but this is the real world.  the level of money all these guys make is stupid.  A 50-50 split would be fair.  I know its the players people all come to see, I get it, but 50% of how many millions (billions??) isnt enough?  To play ball???  I already miss the games.  Sad opening night.  If the players dont wake up and realize that some owners actually may benefit (buy not losing as much money) by not having a season, then there wont be any games this year at all.  These guys should learn a lesson from the NHL gang as the deal kept getting WORSE for the players as time wore on.  the deal they finally accepted was way WORSE than the initial deal that was offered.  The same thing is gonna happen here.




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:25 pm
 

Billy Hunter slams NBA in letter to NBPA

Billy Hunter, aren't you Mr Nasty Pants! Was that letter meant to intimidate the owners? Hey players, you guys should hire yourselves a good businessman to represent you. Unless you like the job Mr Hunter is doing for you. You've lost how much so far? You guys can't be this stupid. Can you?


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