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Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 6:27 am
 
Posted by Royce Young



Read Ken Berger of CBSSports.com on the players' choice to file a disclaimer suit

It didn't take long for David Stern to respond to the players' dynamite announcement that they plan to file a disclaimer to disband the union and file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.

Stern was on SportsCenter just 45 minutes after Billy Hunter said that the "collective bargaining process has completely blown up."

"Billy Hunter has decided to put the season in jeopardy and deprive his union members of an enormous payday," Stern said.

Stern had promised over the weekend that if the players did not accept the current proposal from the league that the "reset" offer would immediately go into effect that included a 47-53 revenue split and a harder "flex" cap like what's used in the NHL. Basically, a deal the players would never accept.

Billy Hunter said that the disclaimer would be filed "in a few days," presumably to give the league time to come to its senses and offer a realistic deal to the players. But everyone should've known that David Stern would not be bullied.

"That's not happening," Stern said.

Stern said that at a bargaining session in Feb. of 2007, the players' attorney Jeffrey Kessler said this could happen. "That threat has been ongoing until now, despite the NBA's good faith bargaining," Stern said.

Stern listed all the positives he saw in the new offer like guaranteed contracts and higher average salaries, but then said, "But apparently it was not to liking of the players. We anticipated this."

The theme from Stern was passing the buck to the players. "We were very close, and the players decided to blow it up," he said. Stern called this tactic "irresponsible at this late date" and even called the disclaimer a "charade."

"It's not going to work," Stern said. "If they were going to do it, they should've done it a long time ago ... they seem hell-bent on self-destruction."

As for when the next round of games is canceled, Stern simply said, "The calendar takes care of that by itself." Which is true.

Stern passed pretty much all blame to Hunter and the lawyers for persuading the players against the current proposal saying that they got the players "all hopped up" on this stuff.

"We're about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA," he said. "If I were one of the 450 players in the NBA, I would be wondering what Billy Hunter just did."

The NBA later released the following statement from Stern:
"At a bargaining session in February 2010, Jeffrey Kessler, counsel for the union, threatened that the players would abandon the collective bargaining process and start an antitrust lawsuit against our teams if they did not get a bargaining resolution that was acceptable to them.

“In anticipation of this day, the NBA filed an unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board asserting that, by virtue of its continued threats, the union was not bargaining in good faith. We also began a litigation in federal court in anticipation of this same bargaining tactic.

“The NBA has negotiated in good faith throughout the collective bargaining process, but -- because our revised bargaining proposal was not to its liking – the union has decided to make good on Mr. Kessler’s threat.

“There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy.”

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Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:26 am
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

I look forward to seeing the players flying coach again or taking the train.  Time to cut the fat.

Do you realize how much wealthier the owners have become because of Stern?  AND the players?  He's a bad commish, seriously?  Research Jordans/Birds/Magics salaries over their careers before spouting off about Stern.  Do you think Bill Walton or Oscar Robertson made the money Michael and Lebron made in endorsements?  Do you think Lamar Odom & Kris Humphries are acting like p-whipped goofballs and popping a Kardashian hoor or 2 w/o the NBA?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:25 am
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Yes, Jerry Buss would still be rich. But if the NBA folded, He would be alot less rich. 

Not even 5 percent of Jerry Buss's net worth is because of the Lakers.  What the Lakers are worth if sold at full price according to Forbes numbers means nothing.  Buss is worth around 600 million dollars, the Lakers operating revenue for last season was only 38 million dollars.  He doesnt' see 10 percent of that in his dreams...

The lakers are a hobby.. nothing else. 



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:08 am
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Who says they have to report to the team they play for. If owners are voiding all the contracts like they said, the all the players are free agents and can play where ever they want. Kevin Durnat doesn't haven't to report to the Thunder camp... he can hook up with Lebron, Wade, & Kobe and play together in Seatlle if that is what they choose.  If the owners void the contracts, they can all sign with CBA teams and watch their attendance explode.   The league needs to be blown up and started over..just like General Motors did.

Bring in a new league with new owners. Let the players go to the highest bidder.  You think salaries are high now???  Wait untl all the contracts are voided and everyone is a free agent. My god, could you imagine the bidding war.  You thought the Lebron saga was crazy..wait until everyone is a free agent and the new owners have a fresh check book to write from. The new owners wouldn't be losing all the money they owe on bad contracts like the old owners. Oh my gosh, I'm exicitd like a little kid thinking about what kind of team Donald Trump would put together!!!

Start a new league...please, someone start a new league.

Donald, Gates, Oprah, Bush, The Shiiek from Saudia Arabia!!!

Oh please lord, let the league fold. Let them start a new league



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:02 am
 

Come to your senses, readers!!!

A lot of you seem to be damning the players for not allowing themselves to be bullied into a bad deal by the billionaire owners.  A lot of you seem to be blaming the players because they are making a ton of money playing a kids game for millions of dollars and leading charmed existances.  Well, those things may be true, but you are ignoring the fact that billionaire owners would not have a team if it weren't for the players and their unique skills sets.  The value of NBA franchises is only as good as it's talent, so without the players, teams wouldn't be valued a record level estimates.  The players are NOT the greedy ones.  They have already given back over $3 billion over the life of the agreement to the owners.  But the owners want to grind them into the dirty under the heels of David Stern's "show them whose boss" boot.  The whole ultimatum thing adds injury to insult and the players, given their concessions, don't deserve that.  Get real, people.  You don't know what the frack is going on if you are for the NBA and it's owners.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:54 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

"Billy Hunter has decided to put the sason in jeopardy and deprive his union members of an enormous payday," Stern said.
"We were very close, and the players decided to blow it up...they seem hell-bent on self-destruction."

"We're about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA," he said. "If I were one of the 450 players in the NBA, I would be wondering what Billy Hunter just did."
Stern's complete arrogance and his transparant and patronizing attempts to pit Billy Hunter against the players is the main stumbling block to the negotiations. The players made massive concessions but this wasn't enough for the owners.


Stern obviously doesn't want this thing to go through the court system because of the likelihood of the illegality of the lockout.

The players made massive concessions but this wasn't enough for the owners.

With a few specific exceptions, I support the players position in this matter.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

This is all the NBA's fault!
NBA is playing victim. All companies want to blame employees for the companies mis-management! NBA negotiating with predetermined "take this or else" tactics... is unfair labor practice. Just another form of union busting. Rich taking the side of the rich.



Since: Feb 1, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Why not just round up players willing to play and put them out there ?




Since: Aug 25, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:14 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

The owners get $600M off the top to cover their expenses. The NBA is bringing in $4BILLION dollars a year in revenue. IF there are any teams losing money, it could easily be fixed by sharing TV revenues. There are teams in small markets with no fan base and poor management that players are being asked to take enough pay cuts to guarantee that these teams make a profit. Why? Who cares? There are teams that have been purchased for way more than their value, ie: Wizards $550M. The interest on their $550M loan to buy that team is considered an expense and part of the $600M that the owners take off the top and is a liability for the players. When owners sell, everything goes into their pockets and nothing back to the playrts, who made their interest payments.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

That was fear you saw in Sterns eye's

These guys played ball for nothing. Most of them grew up on the streets.

Stern, you might have just cost yourself a league.  I hope Oprah and Trump start their own league.

Come on guys, now is the time. Start a new league. The NBA needs competition.

Put in a salary structure that will be a good model and go with it. Call it the IBA. The INTERNATIONAL BASKETBALL LEAGUE!!

I want to see a true World Champion!!

Lets get it going

NBA is full of greedy owners who overpay old players trying to chase a dream. They use taxpayers dollars to build their stadium and then complain they don't make money.  I wish the Govt would build me a house....I would never complain.

IBA!  IBA!  IBA !!! IBA !!!!



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Kobe was just an example.  You can replace his name with XYZ  and it means the same. People come to watch players not owners. They want to watch the best players. And the best players will make thier money somehwere.  That is why a shithole like Clevland can be the most populat team until Lebron leaves. Now it is what it was...a rec team.

Yes, Jerry Buss would still be rich. But if the NBA folded, He would be alot less rich.

Because people like you back these greedy owners, they will continue to rip off fans. They inflat their huge egos with your money so they can play with their toys(teams) and see if they can one up the kid down the street. NOBODY told them to pay these salaries. They do it because they can't help themselves.

Let the league fold. Let someother rich white guys start a league.  If all these owners were really losing money, they wouldn't be killing each to buy a team everytime there is an opening. 

You probably thought the bank bailouts were a good thing. That is basically what this is. Owners crying they lost money becasue they don't know how to run a business. they have been using fans and taxpayers money for decades.

Let them fold.




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