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Tag:Labor Negotiations
Posted on: June 22, 2011 5:27 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Doesn't sound like Fisher is all that optimistic

Posted by Royce Young

I'll admit, I got a little excited with yesterday's news out of the big blow-out meetings in New York. By all appearances, progress was being made with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement and it just looked like finally, the league might be on a path to getting this thing settled before June 30.

And then Derek Fisher came along and stomped on all that happiness. Via Sports Radio Interviews:
“Well, we’re hearing there’s some reports out there that there’s been significant progress made on things that the NBA and our owners are proposing to us, but in reality, there hasn’t been much substantial movement at all on a lot of key areas. So we’re still focused on getting a deal done, we’re going to continue to negotiate, and we’re going to meet again on Friday. But even with some of the things that are being released about what has been dropped out in proposals, there isn’t any agreement on anything at this point. We’re still working hard on that right now.

“Well the best way to explain it would be that where we were a couple of months ago as far as the proposal that we were given by the NBA, which was essentially the same proposal that we received some two years ago, that hasn’t changed very much. So what has happened is the NBA has really tried to put us in a position where we’re negotiating from what we consider to be an outrageous proposal to begin with."
Yikes. The way Fisher explains it, things sound a bit more dire. And with the way Fisher explains it, you almost start to say, "Yeah, those darn owners!" Fisher is good like that.

Then he dropped a money quote, basically putting everything on the owners.
“A lockout is an owner-imposed lockout. That’s a decision that only they can make. For now, as President of the Players Association, my focus is on negotiating on the deal. That’s the part that I control over is myself, Billy [Hunter], our Executive Committee, and our player reps are focusing on negotiating the actual deal. If the owners decide they want to lock us out because we don’t agree to the most dramatic rollback in professional sports history, then that’s the choice that they have.”
Good line, Fish. If the owners decide they want to lock us out because we don’t agree to the most dramatic rollback in professional sports history, then that’s the choice that they have. That's pretty strong.

Fisher said the players have made pretty serious concessions, but still sees what David Stern called a "flex cap" system as a hard salary cap. He basically said it's not the players' fault that owners keep dishing out silly long-term contracts.

And he's right. It's not. The owners control their own checkbooks and can sign and not sign who they want. But as owners know, in order to stay competitive and actually sign players, if the current system allows five or six-year deals, someone is going to offer that. Fisher can make that point -- which is valid -- but it's not entirely realistic. Bigger market, bigger money teams are going to be more able to absorb a bad five-year contract than a smaller market team that has to put its eggs all in that basket.

Things are still very much up and down, back and forth. It's touch and go and while yesterday seemed like progress, it might not have been near as much as we thought.
Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:47 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 5:29 pm
 

Video: Stern and Silver address reporters

Posted by Royce Young

The owners and players association had a pretty substantial meeting in New York earlier today in which the owners submitted a new proposal that will be reviewed by the players with word on that coming Friday.

The tone out of the meetings is encouraging, with Ken Berger reporting that there has been movement from the league from a de facto $45 million hard cap to a "flex cap," as David Stern called it, of around $62 million.

Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver addressed reporters after the meeting to answer questions and talk about the newest negotiations and any progress made.



I'm sure there's still a lot of ground to be covered before June 30 and a lot will hinge on how the players respond to this proposal, but considering the mood and tone from last week, it feels like there's been movement. Both sides seem to be edging toward the middle a bit.

But there will need to be a few big steps before a deal is actually done. I'm sure the path to an agreement is still bumpy and long. However, I think there's a little cause for optimism.

Via Salt Lake Tribune

 
 
 
 
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