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Kessler benched for Quinn?

Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:37 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 4:53 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

Jeffrey Kessler has not been a friend in these negotiations. His acerbic, aggressive style has provoked the owners. There's no doubt that the owners set themselves up for that dynamic with their intractable, all-consuming maw of greed in these negotiations, but Kessler's approach has included an inappropriate comment and multiple rejections on principle of deals the union may have wanted to disccuss further or attempt to negotiate through. 

But his role in these talks could be changing. After Ken Berger of CBSSports.com first reported the involvement of Jim Quinn in negotiations as a back-channel facilitator for talks, the New York Times reports that his participation could coincide with a move for Kessler to the background.
In fact, Quinn was recently hired by Hunter to help complete the deal, according to a person who has spoken with Quinn. It appears that Quinn may have supplanted Jeff Kessler, the union’s pugnacious outside counsel, as the players’ lead negotiator.

Kessler has a contentious relationship with Stern and is viewed by some on the owners’ side as an impediment to a deal.
via N.B.A. and Players Resume Negotiations - NYTimes.com.

Beck stated on Twitter that Kessler hasn't been taken out, just that Quinn has a louder voice

One of the biggest issues in this ongoing disaster has been personalities and emotions becoming involved when it should be about business and logic. Kessler has been as much of an antagonist as anyone in these talks, even if he's been scapegoated some by the league. It's time for new people to be in charge of getting a resolution to try and avoid losing the season. The players have done their part, according to reports. Maybe it's time for the league to respond by sitting its hyper-aggressive owners down and keeping them from lunging across the table for every scrap.
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Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:19 pm
 

There you go again!

There's no doubt that the owners set themselves up for that dynamic with their intractable, all-consuming maw of greed in these negotiations
Actually, Matt, there is complete doubt that you even get the numbers here. Perhaps you are simply pandering to your stable of agent-sources. Perhaps accounting 101 was not on your list of courses. But it is not greed in business to seek to actually stop losses. It is not greed in business to see a return on investment. It is not greed in business to survive. All of these are at stake for the owners who have lost $1.8 billion in the last CBA. Why did they lose? Because at 57% of BRI (gross income) the players' salaries are the highest in the world. The owners signed a very bad contract. They did not grumble and complain. They honored that contract while informing the players' union over two years ago that the new CBA must change. Now it is in the process of change. The last offer by the owners calculates out to be a loss of $34 million. Not the open-veined blood spilling of the previous six years but still a loss. But then you consider them deserving the racist statement hurled by Kessler. You consider them an all-consuming maw of greed.

My advice - enroll in a local junior college. Take that basic accounting course before it is too late. Set aside your empty rhetoric and bone up on some fundamental knowledge. It will help your life. Really it will. You might even be able to balance your own budget (given the above ignorance displayed above that is currently unlikely.) This economy is not one in which you want to live off your credit cards balances. The current economy is not one you want to lose $1.8 billion in. In fact no economy is. So here's hoping you get some help - soon.


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Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:31 am
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Since: Sep 3, 2008
Posted on: November 25, 2011 8:55 am
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

WOW !! Kinda is a pattern here with this D-Bag




Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 12:03 am
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

Poor bastard, that's his 2nd strike, first the NFLPA canned him, now NBAPA, LOL.




Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:37 pm
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

my fantasy league has been canceled



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:29 pm
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

 There's no doubt that the owners set themselves up for that dynamic with their intractable, all-consuming maw of greed in these negotiations,
How about doing some reporting without the insufferable editorializing? Absolutely biased and unprofessional.



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:04 pm
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

Yea, but I bet you would cry the loudest for one if you were in a difficult situation. I have represented people for over twenty years and the biggest lawyer bashers are the ones who cry the loudest for their rights when they get in a pinch.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 6:03 pm
 

Kessler benched for Quinn?

What do you call 100 lawyers tied to anchors at the bottom of the ocean? A good start.


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