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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
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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: Mar 31, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

I agree... the regulare players are getting the shaft from the super stars who are tooooooo greedy.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:14 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

You tell me who has more to lose...Jerry Buss and his new 1 billion dollar TV contract, or Kobe with his 20 million a year contract.  Kobe could play in Italy for more then that.  Nobody would was a Kobe less Laker team on TV.  That Tv contract would be worth about 5 million.

Power to the Players!!! 

Are you kidding me? First of all long term, Kobe can't make 25 million per season overseas and would never make that money long term. They would use him to get some attention and make some money and cut his ass,,,,,, you don't know a thing about european basketball, but with most of my family from overseas that still follows bball over there I can tell you a little something.  There is no market overseas for top tier NBA players long term.  They have never and will never get the tv contracts they get over here and they can't increase prices much at all, if they do the stands will be empty.

Jerry Buss would remain extremely wealthy for life, with or without the Lakers.  Jerry Buss wouldn't need to go overseas to make his money.... it comes in at a rapid pace every day of his life.  And how long do you think Kobe could play overseas for?  He has a wife, 2 kids,,, family and friends over here and so does his wife.  I can tell most of you people are single and/or don't have any kids because you guys think it's that easy for a player to just move overseas to play basketball.  For one season, maybe.  But permanently?  Not a chance....  

Finally, you're wrong when you said people wouldn't want Lakers basketball if Kobe isn't there.  Kobe is on his way out, with his knee issues 2 to 3 years max, wait and see.  Laker fans will never stop buying tickets... Kareem left, they kept going to games.  Magic left, the fans never stopped going to and watching games.  Kobe will leave and the fans will watch the next superstar that comes in... whenever that happens.  Either way, players have always been replaceable and that'll never change.... fans follow their favourite teams for the most part for a life time, regardless of the names on the back of the shirts.



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 10:02 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Ya and so...who cares..... Just start next season with college grads with the same rules and passion as college games. Than maybe withdecent prices for tickets and decent peole playing..and a faster more exciting game people will care about bball again.
Super stars are what draw people to NBA games, not guys like Matt Bonner or Brian Scalabrine..sorry, I don't see anyone wearing there jersey's. 



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Every time Stern opens his mouth, he just shows what a complete and total horse's behind he is.



Since: Oct 15, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Not-welcomed
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Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Ya and so...who cares..... Just start next season with college grads with the same rules and passion as college games. Than maybe withdecent prices for tickets and decent peole playing..and a faster more exciting game people will care about bball again.



Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

This is great.  Stay out. I hope the entire league dibands.   Stern can take his 15 million a year salary and go to arbtrate little league disputes.
Hopefully Donald Trump will step in and start a league. All these owner do not want the league to disband ,  they will lose thier entire invesmnet. They would go from having an asset worth billions to having absolutly nothing.

Then anoher league could form and all the palyers would be free to sign with the newly create league. Then fans would only have to pay 20-60 bucks for a ticket.

The NBA is now like the the US govt. It its out of control. Its not the players fault that these so called busness can't work within a budget.   
The NBA needs to be eradicated.  It needs to be disbanded.  

We as fans need to push for a new league where we can see the players we love without getting rapped evertime we but tickets.

Plenty of rich people would love to start a new league!  

You tell me who has more to lose...Jerry Buss and his new 1 billion dollar TV contract, or Kobe with his 20 million a year contract.  Kobe could play in Italy for more then that.  Nobody would was a Kobe less Laker team on TV.  That Tv contract would be worth about 5 million.

Power to the Players!!! 



Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:57 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Note to self:  If and when the NBA starts back don't watch it.  There is nothing more annoying than embarrassingly rich people arguing publicly when the average American is struggling through a downturn in the economy.



Since: Apr 8, 2008
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

the owners need to stick to their guns on this.  The NBA business model is a joke.  they need a hard salary cap just like the NFL so that all markets can compete.  Revenue sharing, yes.  I think the offer was a good one.  I hope the season is lost and the players and owners both wake up.  We can all enjoy NCAA B ball.



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 8:24 pm
 

Stern responds to players' antitrust lawsuit

Stern needs to be fired as soon as there is an agreement in place by the owners this is the second work stoppage he has been a part of plus he has been the big promoter of big market teams and superstar preferrential treatment. 

Stern is correct though in that a fair offer has been made to the players.  Teams are losing money and when that happens there need to be cutbacks and the players are the ones that make excessive amounts and have the revenue sharing program with the owners so they need to take the hit along with their partners, the owners. 

Truth be told the public needs the NBA and if the current players are not willing to play for a minimum of $470k than new players need to be found.  Arenas will sit vacant and arena workers will not have money for food, school, etc. while collecting unemployment.  Restaurants and sports bar in the markets that depend on NBA crowds will take a hit and jobs will be lost as some will go out of business.  Hotels, airlines, etc. will all take a hit financially. 


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