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Billy Hunter sent a memo to players

Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:33 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

With the lockout pretty much ending, there are a lot of questions. And not just from us as in fans and media, but players too. What did they agree to? What's the deal? When do they play? When do they vote?

Billy Hunter attempted to answer a lot of that with a memo sent out Saturday night, via ESPN.com:
As you have no doubt heard, early this morning, we reached a tentative agreement to settle the Anthony lawsuit. My best wishes and congratulations to all the players and everyone involved in this action.

The settlement will be conditioned on reforming a union and executing a CBA by December 9. Training camps are tentatively scheduled to open and free agent signings are tentatively scheduled to begin on December 9, with the season opening on Christmas day.

We will be sending out formal correspondence in the coming days describing the terms of the agreement and the upcoming processes, but for now, you should have a quick understanding of why we reached this agreement. I have prepared a quick list that sets forth all the changes that the owners agreed to as part of the settlement since a week ago Monday, the day the player reps voted to disclaim the NBPA's status as the players' collective bargaining representative. We will follow later with an overview of the general gains players achieved in this settlement.
It's complicated: There isn't a new collective Bargaining Agreement yet, but instead a settlement, since this was taken to the courts. Hunter then point-by-point listing out the major issues involved in the settlement. He started with Basketball Related Income, actually noting that the players first cut of BRI in 2011-12 with be 51.2 percent, which has to sound pretty slick to the players.

Then he lists 11 points about the system details. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has all of those here as well, but you can be sure that Hunter makes them sound like pretty good wins for the players in his memo.

He closes with this:
The above points will be incorporated into a litigation settlement agreement early this week. The NBPA will then re-form as a union, and negotiations may take place on various other CBA issues. The players will then vote to ratify a new CBA.

I will update you on further logistics over the next few days. Thank you everyone for your support and best regards.
So the gameplan is this: The "deal" becomes an official settlement, then the NBPA re-forms as a union and then more negotiations happens which will include the so-called "b-list" issue things. Then players will vote to ratify a new CBA and then, if is passes, which it will, the doors of the NBA will open once again.

How long will all of this take? Probably a week. Because as David Stern has already said, training camps and free agency get going Dec. 9.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:45 pm
 

Billy Hunter sent a memo to players

In essence, Billy Hunter did what was in his best interest.........reach a settlement without needing anyone's consent.  He gave himself free reign to settle the court case, which does nothing but give him the opportunity to re-establish the union with him as the leader.  Has not one NBA player figured it out yet?  Billy Hunter does not give a sh%* about you, he just wants to be placed back in his position as leader.  This whole union break, lawsuit thing was nothing more than a manuver to keep his job.  If the players have any sense at all, they will reform the union under the condition that Hunter step down and receive no severance on his way out; he has done enough to "F" the players already, do not pay him for his poor efforts over the years.

I again hope this blows up in everyone's faces.  I hope by the time the CBA is presented to the players they are able to recognize how much liberty was taken on their behalf by Hunter to get a deal.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2011 12:27 am
 

Billy Hunter sent a memo to players

Players I will support you by going to games,
You're an idiot.  They get paid if no one shows up.  You are just putting money into the owners pockets if you buy a ticket to see these crappy excuses for basketball.



Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:33 pm
 

Billy Hunter sent a memo to players

The greedy owners will reap what they sow. Players I will support you by going to games, but I will not be buying food, or drinks in their arena's. The owners have been bullies far to long!


yea, paying players million dollar contracts to play a 48 min. basketball game, and play 82 games in 8 mos.
their BIG GREEDY BULLIES.. 



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Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:46 pm
 

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Since: Mar 16, 2010
Posted on: November 27, 2011 12:00 pm
 

Billy Hunter sent a memo to players

Thank you to the NBA players, and the union for doing what is best for the sport I love. The greedy owners will reap what they sow. Players I will support you by going to games, but I will not be buying food, or drinks in their arena's. The owners have been bullies far to long!


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