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« on: October 24, 2011, 11:41:16 PM »


http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2011/10/24/nba-to-cancel-at-least-2-more-weeks-season-source-says/
NBA to Cancel at Least 2 More Weeks of Season, Source Says
October 24, 2011

NEW YORK –  The NBA will on Tuesday announce that at least two more weeks of the season will be canceled, after labor talks broke down last week, the New York Daily News reported, citing a source.

NBA commissioner David Stern already canceled the first two weeks of the season, which was scheduled to begin Nov. 1, and that is now expected to be extended through Nov. 28, accounting for 102 more games.

The first cancellation, announced Oct. 10, totaled 100 games.

The report said there is a "feeling" that the league can still reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement in time to save the Christmas Day games -- traditionally the first big games of the season -- even though Stern had said that they would likely be canceled if no deal was reached by last Tuesday.

After a three-day federal mediation session, the NBA owners and players announced Thursday that labor talks had broken down and no further meetings were scheduled.

NBA players reportedly want to resume the talks but will not agree to the owners' precondition of accepting a 50-50 split of the league's $4 billion in revenue to allow for that to happen.
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2011, 11:45:37 PM »

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7146097/nba-lockout-2011-league-cancel-two-more-weeks-regular-season-according-report
Report: NBA to cancel more games
October 24, 2011

The NBA plans to cancel two more weeks of its regular season, a source told the New York Daily News.

This would be the third time commissioner David Stern has postponed games as the league's lockout of the players continues. The NBA had previously canceled the preseason and the first two weeks of its regular season which was set to begin on Nov. 1.
According to the Daily News' source, this latest cancellation would total at least 102 games and run through Nov. 28.

The source told the Daily News that the NBA will announce the latest cancellation of games on Tuesday.

At present, the league's annual slate of Christmas Day games remain a possibility, however no new talks between the owners and players union are scheduled.


After three days and 30 hours of meetings with a federal mediator, negotiations fell apart last week when union officials said they were told they must commit to a 50-50 split of revenues before owners would agree to discuss the salary cap system.

"Right now, they're saying it's got to be a precondition. If we're going to meet, you've got to agree to accept 50-50. So as long as that edict is out there, then when are we going to meet?" players' association executive director Billy Hunter said last week. "We're saying we're unwilling to meet unless we can talk about the system independent of the number."

With more games possibly being canceled and the two sides not speaking, the question is will there be an NBA season. While neither side has said definitively one way or the other, the combatants both seem prepared in the event the season is canceled.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2011, 05:16:08 PM »

http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ycn-10287727
NBA Lockout Debate: Who Do You Blame?
By Charles Joel, Yahoo! Contributor Network
October 25, 2011

As NBA stars flocked to the major markets last year and fan excitement about basketball surged to Jordan era levels, the groundwork for an embittered NBA lockout was paved as well. You see, the NBA thrives when New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston are all contenders. These cities are not just homes to teams, but millions upon millions of inhabitants -potential consumers. So, as huge numbers started tuning in, attending games and buying merchandise, the NBA stock grew and a clearer picture of basketball's haves and have-nots developed.

Owners of uncompetitive, small market teams and teams who recently lost a major superstar and loads of revenue, want a bigger chunk of the pie. Their resentment creates the backbone for this lockout, which isn't only between players and owners, but also between small and large market team owners.

And so, everyone is frustrated.

If you live in a major urban center, you want to see your team to compete. If you live in one of the smaller markets, you yearn for brighter days. If you're a big-city team owner, you want to make some money. If you're Dan Gilbert, you want a level playing field and payback. If you're an athlete, you want to play and need your check. If you're out of work, you don't want to hear about a moneybags tug of war between billionaires and millionaires. And, if you're a basketball purist, you just need your fix.

But, who's responsible for this chaos?

Here are the arguments:

Blame the Owners

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Bottom line: Owners are willing to sacrifice the entire season to change the current system.

Blame the Players
(Read the argument at link)
Bottom line: Millionaires make miserable martyrs.

Blame David Stern
(Read the argument at link)
Bottom line: David Stern is not putting out the fire, he's fueling it.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2011, 06:18:07 PM »

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-10-26/nba-owners-reportedly-are-more-united-than-billy-hunter-suggests
NBA owners reportedly are more united than Billy Hunter suggests
October 26, 2011

NBPA Billy Hunter insists there’s a rift between the NBA’s large- and small-market owners, and that this divide is standing in the way of the league and union reaching labor accord. Last week, after another failed bargaining session, Hunter specifically mentioned the Lakers’ Jerry Buss, Dallas’ Mark Cuban, New York’s James Dolan and Miami’s Micky Arison as owners who were ready to make a deal.

But the issues to which owners are holding firm in their negotiations with the union “do not solely break down market-size lines,” and there is “unity among the owners on the need to win significant economic concessions from players,” league sources tell ESPN.com.
In 2006, eight small-market owners sent a letter to David Stern, imploring the commissioner to address the disparity between big- and small-revenue clubs. But Cleveland’s Dan Gilbert and Phoenix’s Robert Sarver are new to the league since ’06 and are among the most hawkish owners. Several other teams have brand new owners, all of whom purchased their franchises believing a deal favorable for them was on the horizon. This, of course, makes for a more united group of owners.

On the other side of the coin are large-market teams like the Knicks, Bulls, Celtics and Lakers. The Lakers signed a 20-year local TV deal reportedly worth $3 billion that widens the revenue gulf.
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Owners met Tuesday, meanwhile, to continue their discussions on a new revenue-sharing plan. The amount of shared money will reportedly at least triple, from about $50 million per year to $150 million, but no deal has been reached yet. While no consensus was reached Tuesday, “a lot of ideas” where discussed, a source tells CBS Sports. A different source, in another indication of owners’ unity, said observers would be “pleasantly surprised” by the commitment large-market owners are willing to make to revenue sharing.





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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2011, 02:28:12 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/story/2011-10-27/Meet-break-up-meet-again-is-the-NBA-negotiation-process/50958534/1
Meet, break up, meet again is the NBA negotiation process
October 27, 2011

This NBA labor movie is familiar.

Hints of progress emerge, leading to hope that the lockout, in its 119th day, will be resolved soon.

Then, collective bargaining negotiations break down and NBA executives and union leaders profess they are far apart on several issues.

The apt analogy right now is from Peanuts, the Charles Schultz cartoon. When Charlie Brown goes to kick a field goal, Lucy pulls the football away just as C. Brown goes to kick it.

Is that what will happen this time in the NBA?

Maybe, maybe not.

As much as NBA Commissioner David Stern and National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher admitted there was progress after Wednesday's 15-hour session ended in the wee hours of Thursday, they wouldn't gauge the amount of progress — nor did they say whatever progress was made means a deal is imminent.

"I would say there's no question that today was a better day than last Thursday," Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver told reporters in a Manhattan hotel around 4 a.m. Thursday. "I think it's too early, not just in the morning, but still in the negotiations to express confidence that we're at a deal. There's no question, though, that we did make progress on some significant issues. But there are still some very significant issues left."

Fisher said: "We can't say that major progress was made in any way, but there was some progress on some of our system issues. … We'll continue to work through as long as we possibly can and as hard as we possibly can to see if we can get a deal done. But we're not going to get ahead of ourselves at this point."

The sides were scheduled to resume Thursday at 2 p.m. ET.

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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2011, 02:32:30 PM »

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-10-27/nba-players-need-to-stop-lockout-bri-david-stern-billy-hunter-1
NBA, players need to stop the bleeding—and soon
October 27, 2011

David Stern phrased it perfectly, a trait of his during nearly three decades running the NBA, but one that has often abandoned him during this second lockout of his tenure.

“We’re trying to apply a tourniquet and move forward,” the commissioner told reporters a few hours before sunrise Thursday morning, in between a 15-hour negotiating session with the union Wednesday and another session Thursday afternoon.

His league has to stop the bleeding. Not just the loss of games, revenues and salaries, and he and everybody connected to this labor stalemate knows it.

There are all sorts of ways to measure how much the public embraces a big-time sports league, and all sorts of conclusions that can be drawn from those measures. If the NBA can’t seal the deal now, it stands to lose on all of them, both short- and long-term.

It was claimed in this space two weeks ago that the NBA risks a trudge through the desert of nearly a decade,just as it did when it lost more than a third of the regular season in 1998-99. Comparatively speaking, that was the rose-colored-glasses, smiley-face period of the negotiations.

Now, the lava is bubbling down the mountainside and the villagers are scattering. This current session is being accompanied by another series of cautiously optimistic projections. That’s an improvement over the rancor that closed out the talks last week. But no one’s fooled anymore, not even the two sides.

Fans, meanwhile, are tuning out more and more – not just the borderline ones, and not just the sports enthusiasts who routinely bleat that they “don’t care” about the league, yet manage to keep up with everything happening on and off the court. The hardcore followers are getting fed up, too.

They’re tired of combing through the figures, parsing the statements and picking sides. Who wins no longer matters, if it ever mattered that much.

Call us when you actually open the arena doors for a game, they’re telling the NBA.

But don’t expect we’ll pick up right away.

The new target is this weekend; word is that the owners and players might reach an agreement by then if things keep going on this path, and they talk as if they’re ready to keep going every day until they finish it up. The breathless reports of an imminent announcement of more canceled games, beyond the first two weeks of the regular season, never came to pass. In fact, both sides dropped hints in the wee hours Thursday that 82 games was still possible.
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2011, 08:53:29 PM »

Thanks so much MuffyBee. You are making it easy for me to stay current on the status of the walkout. Very appreciated Smile

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« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2011, 10:05:48 PM »

Thanks so much MuffyBee. You are making it easy for me to stay current on the status of the walkout. Very appreciated Smile

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« Reply #8 on: October 28, 2011, 04:24:27 PM »

http://www.oregonlive.com/nba/index.ssf/2011/10/nba_high-5_91.html
NBA High-5: In new CBA, owners will win comfortably as players will lose ground in every category
October 28, 2011

The five most interesting stories, rumors and notes in the NBA:

1. Picturing the new CBA: Players and owners are back at it this morning, and indications are that a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement is very close. Unless things go badly, we should have the makings of a deal by the end of the weekend.
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2. Allen redux: One of the big subplots of last week's mediation meltdown was the arrival of Blazers owner Paul Allen, who was painted as a hard-liner, so much so that deputy commissioner Adam Silver called The Oregonian to give the league's version/spin.

But Allen's appearance at the mediation session -- union head Billy Hunter claimed Allen was sent in to convey the Board of Governor's wishes -- might have been prompted by something else.
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3. The aging process: One issue that was a big talking point in the last two CBA negotiations has had very little consideration this time around, but it's worth noting.

Wojnarowski writes the age limit for the NBA draft is part of the negotiations. When the last CBA was signed in 2005, it placed two limits on players entering the draft -- they had to be 19, and had to be one year out of high school. That ended the era when players came straight to the league without playing any college ball.
4. Let's imagine 82: A big motivation in the sides pushing so hard to get a deal done this week is that it might be possible to salvage an 82-game regular season.

Indeed, the league has quietly been putting together an 82-game schedule and asking arenas to keep late-April dates open, the New York Times' Howard Beck reports. The regular season was scheduled to end April 18, so the league could be looking to extend the season to the end of April.

The league, Beck writes, would need three to four weeks to prepare for a season once a deal is done, to allow for free agency and some sort of training camp. That could make the approximate start of the regular season Dec. 1.

Teams will have 13 to 15 games lost from November to make up (the Blazers had 14 games scheduled in November), so extending the season two weeks would help, leaving teams to add three or four games each month.
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5. Remembering a great man: Monday will bring us Halloween and probably all kinds of NBA news as a CBA agreement could send the league into a sprint to start the season.

But if you get a chance, take a moment for a prayer or a quick thought to remember one of the really great people to ever be part of the Trail Blazers.

Monday will mark the one-year anniversary of the death of Maurice Lucas, who passed away at 58 after a tough battle with cancer. We still have a ton of stories and videos from last year to look through, if you wish.
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« Reply #9 on: October 28, 2011, 07:41:12 PM »



http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/nba-sides-break-off-talks-day-14838111
NBA Cancels All Games Through Nov. 30
October 29, 2011

The NBA will play a shortened season — if it plays at all — after labor negotiations broke down for the second time in a week.

NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled all November games on Friday, the 120th day of the lockout.

"It's not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now," said Stern, who previously canceled the first two weeks of the season.

Just a day earlier, Stern had said he would consider it a failure if the two sides didn't reach a deal in the next few days and vowed they would take "one heck of a shot" to get it done.

Owners are insistent on a 50-50 split of revenues, while players last formally proposed they get 52.5 percent, leaving them about $100 million apart annually. Players were guaranteed 57 percent in the previous collective bargaining agreement.

"Derek (Fisher) and I made it clear that we could not take the 50-50 deal to our membership. Not with all the concessions that we granted," union executive director Billy Hunter said. "We said we got to have some dollars."

But with more games canceled, the losses will begin to mount.

"We're going to have to recalculate how bad the damage is," Stern said. "The next offer will reflect the extraordinary losses that are piling up now."

No further talks have been scheduled.
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2011, 10:29:15 AM »

http://www.hoopsworld.com/nba-saturday-no-hope-for-full-season/
NBA Saturday: No Chance for Full Season
Updated October 29, 2011

This time was supposed to be different.

Entering Friday, it seemed like everything was in place to end the lockout. Both sides, the NBA and Players Association, admitted that they were making significant progress. David Stern and Billy Hunter laughed with one another during the previous night’s press conferences. Agents, players and executives were more optimistic than ever before. After all, a deal was “within striking distance.”

And yet, here we are again. The two sides remain far apart on the split of basketball-related income and there are still several system issues that haven’t been resolved. We’re hearing the same things that have been said every time the talks hit a roadblock: “We tried our best, things were looking good for awhile, but no future meetings have been scheduled.”

In the past, setbacks have been met with short-term disappointment, but hope for a full season was always restored when the two sides returned to the bargaining table several days later. Even Hunter said that an 82-game season could still be played if a deal was agreed upon by Sunday or Monday, it would just take some creative scheduling.

However, that hope is now gone and the reality of the lockout has set in. One month and 221 games have already been cancelled, not postponed. This will be, at the very least, a shortened season and now the question is how many games will be lost before the two sides reach a deal.

“It’s not practical, possible or prudent to have a full season now,” Stern said on Friday. “We held out that joint hope together, but in light of the breakdown of talks, there will not be a full NBA season under any circumstances. I say that with apologies to the municipalities in which we play our games, to the workers who earn their living in our buildings, and from businesses around the buildings.”

“I’m just reflecting the calendar,” Stern added. “You need 30 days to play, and so the last two weeks of November are gone. It’s already getting to be November 1. The calendar takes care of our games. These are not punitive announcements; these are calendar-generated announcements.”

Friday’s talks ended when the elephant in the room, BRI, was discussed.

The NBA’s version of the story goes like this: “Billy Hunter said that he was not willing to go a penny below 52, that he had been getting many calls from agents, and he closed up his book and walked out of the room.  And that’s where we are,” Stern said. “Billy left the room.”

The NBPA’s version of the story goes like this: “They snookered or deluded you. They said they were back at 47, and were willing to go up to 50. Yes, they made a move, but they reverted to 47 first. They said their number was 47,” Hunter said. “We made a lot of concessions, but unfortunately, at this time, it’s not enough.”

As this process continues, the negotiations will only become more complicated. Both sides will have to take into account the losses that have piled up and and that’ll change the talks. Stern made it clear that the NBA’s offer will only get worse from here.

“We’re going to have to recalculate how bad the damage is.  We’ve lost approaching $200 million in the loss of the preseason, and we’re going to lose several hundred million dollars more.  The NBA’s next offer will reflect the extraordinary losses that are starting to pile up now, and you can assume that our offer will change to reflect the changed economic circumstances,” Stern said.

This time wasn’t different, and it may be awhile before the two sides return to the table. Derek Fisher traveled to Los Angeles today and the other key negotiators are going their separate ways as well. No future meetings are scheduled, the optimism is depleting and now we find ourselves in an all too familiar place.

Wafer Enjoying Success in Italy: If you haven’t heard, many NBA players that signed overseas after the lockout commenced are now struggling with their new teams. Some players are having a difficult time adjusting to the international game and the teams that paid a ton of money for their services aren’t meeting expectations as a result. Overseas success stories have been few and far between this offseason.
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« Reply #11 on: October 30, 2011, 08:33:42 AM »

Time to start an 'Occupy David Stern' movement. 

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« Reply #12 on: October 30, 2011, 08:53:44 AM »

Time to start an 'Occupy David Stern' movement

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"...Occupy David Stern movement".       Let's get the show on the road already!! 
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« Reply #13 on: November 03, 2011, 11:30:01 PM »

http://tracking.si.com/2011/11/04/report-nba-players-exploring-decertification-of-nbpa/
Report: NBA Players Exploring Decertification Of NBPA
November 4, 2011

According to a series of tweets from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, a faction of locked out NBA players are frustrated with the way negotiations have gone thus far, and have begun exploring the possibilities of decertifying their union, the NBPA.

“As many as 50 NBA players were part of conference call with anti-trust attorney Thursday discussing union decertification, sources tell Y!” Wojnarowski wrote.  He reports that there were two such calls, both held without NBPA knowledge, and that the players involved included “several All-Stars”.

Ultimately, Wojnarowski tweeted, “If NBPA drops below 52% on BRI, and/or remaining system issues go league’s way, then this will become movement to decertify.”

If 30% of the players sign a petition supporting decertification, the process moves to a vote; if a decertification requires just a majority of those votes.
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« Reply #14 on: November 05, 2011, 04:07:22 PM »

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/dpps/sports/michael-jordan-leading-nba-owners-faction-dpgonc-20111105-gc_15813201
Michael Jordan Leading NBA Owners Faction
November 5, 2011


(NewsCore) - Michael Jordan, once the NBA's greatest player but now just another money-losing owner of a small-market team, is adamant about not giving any more concessions to players in their ongoing labor dispute, according to The New York Times.

The Charlotte Bobcats owner has emerged as a leader of a faction of 10 to 14 hard-line owners who are determined to cap the players' share of basketball-related income at 50 percent, the Times reported Friday.

All 29 owners are set to meet Saturday morning in Manhattan before the NBA and the players' union return to the negotiating table in the afternoon.

About 10 to 14 owners, led by Jordan, are expected to reiterate their stance to NBA commissioner David Stern, which might make it more difficult to negotiate an end to the lockout.

The players received 57 percent in the last labor deal and so far have offered to reduce that share to 52.5. However, the hard-line owners wanted the players' share capped at 47 percent and are upset with the 50-50 proposal, according to the Times.

Jordan was fined $100,000 this summer for speaking publicly about the need to reduce costs but has largely stayed in the background until now.

The Times noted that during the last labor crisis, in 1998, Jordan -- then a superstar who made $33 million in his final season with the Chicago Bulls -- famously challenged Abe Pollin, the Washington Wizards owner at the time, reportedly bellowing, "If you can't make a profit, you should sell your team."

Jordan has been Charlotte's majority owner for two years since buying a piece of the team five years ago. The Bobcats reportedly have been losing around $7 million per season.
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« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2011, 05:45:15 PM »

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7194222/basketball-related-income-affects-nba-lockout-talks
The big deal over BRI
How basketball-related income is affecting the lastest round of NBA labor negotiations

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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2011, 06:48:12 AM »

http://philly.sbnation.com/philadelphia-76ers/2011/11/4/2537276/nba-lockout-update-players-plotting-to-flush-entire-season

NBA Lockout Update: Players Plotting To Flush Entire Season

By Brian Ward - Contributor

50 players and a handful of agents are at least exploring the option of dissolving the players union to gain leverage in the NBA labor negotiations. If the league calls their bluff, this season is toast.

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Nov 4, 2011 - The latest scuttlebutt on the NBA's epic lockout comes from the players side. According to several reports, 50 NBA players took part in a conference call with an antitrust lawyer to discuss the possibility of decertification for the union. In order to properly understand what this means, we need to look at the mechanics of decertification.

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http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/7175679/nba-lockout-miami-heat-owner-micky-arison-fined-500000-twitter-comments-labor-talks-sources-say

NBA fines Heat owner Micky Arison

The NBA came down hard on Miami Heat owner Micky Arison on Monday, fining him $500,000, according to league sources, after he used his Twitter account as a sounding board about the lockout last Friday.

The league did not issue an official announcement, but an NBA spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com that Arison had been fined.

The $500,000 fine, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, is five times the amount other owners have previously been fined for public comments about the ongoing labor situation.

According to multiple league sources, commissioner David Stern was lobbied by some of Arison's fellow owners to levy the stiff fine. Arison and several of his peers have been at growing odds as the lockout has deepened -- a rift which spilled over into cyberspace last week.

Arison sent out a series of tweets from his verified account following the latest breakdown in talks between owners and players. Owners and league executives are under a strict mandate not to discuss the lockout and Arison appeared to violate it several times.

The most serious one came when Arison responded to a fan who wrote: "How's it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans&and guess what? Fans provide all the money you're fighting over&you greedy (expletive) pigs. Arison replied: "You are barking at the wrong owner."

Arison deleted that tweet less than an hour later, but not before it had caught the attention of the league and especially some other owners. Within minutes, sources said, there was outrage spreading across the league and some calling for Arison to be sanctioned.

Arison's statement appeared to confirm the existence of a divide among owners about recent negotiating positions -- which players' union executive director Billy Hunter has been implying publicly for the last several weeks.

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« Reply #18 on: November 06, 2011, 02:12:52 PM »

http://espn.go.com/nba/truehoop/miamiheat/story/_/id/7175679/nba-lockout-miami-heat-owner-micky-arison-fined-500000-twitter-comments-labor-talks-sources-say

NBA fines Heat owner Micky Arison

The NBA came down hard on Miami Heat owner Micky Arison on Monday, fining him $500,000, according to league sources, after he used his Twitter account as a sounding board about the lockout last Friday.

The league did not issue an official announcement, but an NBA spokesman confirmed to ESPN.com that Arison had been fined.

The $500,000 fine, first reported by Yahoo! Sports, is five times the amount other owners have previously been fined for public comments about the ongoing labor situation.

According to multiple league sources, commissioner David Stern was lobbied by some of Arison's fellow owners to levy the stiff fine. Arison and several of his peers have been at growing odds as the lockout has deepened -- a rift which spilled over into cyberspace last week.

Arison sent out a series of tweets from his verified account following the latest breakdown in talks between owners and players. Owners and league executives are under a strict mandate not to discuss the lockout and Arison appeared to violate it several times.

The most serious one came when Arison responded to a fan who wrote: "How's it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans&and guess what? Fans provide all the money you're fighting over&you greedy (expletive) pigs. Arison replied: "You are barking at the wrong owner."

Arison deleted that tweet less than an hour later, but not before it had caught the attention of the league and especially some other owners. Within minutes, sources said, there was outrage spreading across the league and some calling for Arison to be sanctioned.

Arison's statement appeared to confirm the existence of a divide among owners about recent negotiating positions -- which players' union executive director Billy Hunter has been implying publicly for the last several weeks.

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« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2011, 11:57:12 AM »

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nba/story/2011-11-08/next-two-days-have-major-implications-on-nbas-future
Next two days have major implications on NBA's future
November 8, 2011

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There has been movement within every faction on the league side and player side, and there is still the lingering possibility of one last meeting that changes everything—if the league were to make some concessions late in the game, it might allow the union to save face and present the deal to its members. That may be wishful thinking, though. In the meantime, let’s set the situation going into Tuesday:

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