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What the NBA's tentative agreement means for owners and players [Video]

CineSport's Brian Clark discusses with Chris Sheridan, editor in chief of, how the NBA owners and players reached a tentative deal to end the lockout and what it means for each side.

Some of the highlights Sheridan outlines:

  • The deal got done because Commissioner David Stern said the league would need 30 days to launch the season and by agreeing to a tentative deal this weekend games can now begin on Dec. 25.
  • There will be a huge scramble to fill rosters with free agents, who can be signed starting Dec. 9 when training camps open.
  • The owners' big victory was in getting up to $3 billion in concessions from the players' union if the new collective bargaining agreement runs for 10 years as tentatively agreed upon. Each side can opt out after six years, though.
  • The players get a victory with a more robust middle class instead of teams spending big on a few free agents while filling out their rosters with minimum-salary players as the Miami Heat did last year.

--Dan Loumena

Settlement talks resume between NBA owners and players

Derek Fisher

Negotiators for both sides in the NBA labor dispute resumed discussions in New York on Friday morning, according to multiple reports, with the hope of concluding a deal by this weekend so the 2011-12 season can start with Christmas Day games.

Technically the negotiations are settlement talks over the antitrust suit filed by the players against the NBA after they disbanded the players union last week.

But this week negotiations quietly resumed with attorney David Boies, who represents the players in their antitrust case, and with Jim Quinn, former counsel for the NBA players association, joining talks with attorneys for the league.

Quinn played a key role in settling the bitter 1998-99 labor dispute that led to a shortened 50-game regular season.

This year's labor dispute has been particularly contentious since NBA owners locked out the players on July 1.

There have been reports that NBA Commissioner David Stern wants to have enough time for at least a 60-game regular season, which is why this weekend's talks are crucial. If an agreement is reached, it would take a 30-day window to allow free agents to be signed and for teams to gather for training camps and play a few exhibition games before starting the regular season.

When the labor talks broke off last week, the NBA offered players a 50-50 split of basketball revenue. However, the players are looking for more generous concessions in the length of player contracts and limiting luxury taxes on teams to allow better deals for free agents.


Lawyers for NBA owners, players meet at bargaining table

NBA players re-file antitrust case; still no contact with the league

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Derek Fisher speaks during a news conference on Nov. 16. Credit: Seth Wenig / Associated Press.

Lawyers for NBA owners, players meet at bargaining table

SternnewestNBA players and owners haven't given up on a happy holiday.

Attorneys for the two sides were in negotiations Wednesday to try to reach a settlement of the 146-day NBA lockout before Christmas Day games have to be canceled.

An NBA spokesman said the league "remained in favor of a negotiated resolution" but declined to comment further.

Because the players union disbanded last week and filed an antitrust lawsuit, only attorneys are allowed to negotiate at this point. Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, president of the disclaimed players union, is reportedly not involved in the discussions.

Yahoo! Sports first reported that the parties resumed negotiations.

After the players rejected the owners' most recent proposal last week, the NBA canceled games up to Dec. 15. If an agreement is not reached by next week, all December games will be canceled.

The Lakers are currently scheduled to play the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center on Christmas Day. Twenty-one of their 82 games have been canceled so far.

During labor negotiations, the players seemed ready to accept a 50-50 split of basketball revenue with owners, but they walked away from the negotiating table last week because they rejected many of the peripheral provisions attached to the owners' proposal, including shorter contract lengths, smaller raises and a smaller midlevel exception for middle-of-the-road free agents.

-- Mike Bresnahan

Photo: NBA Commissioner David Stern speaks to the media after a marathon meeting with players union representatives earlier this month. Credit: John Minchillo / Associated Press

NBA players re-file antitrust case; still no contact with the league

NBA players filed an amended antitrust case against the league Monday in federal court in Minneapolis, a legal step that consolidated a pair of antitrust suits they filed Tuesday.

Lawyers for NBA owners and players have not spoken since last week, players' attorney David Boies said Monday at a press conference in New York.

“If the league's approach is to ignore the litigation...and hope it goes away...I don't think that's in our interest and it's certainly not in their interest or the fans' interest,” Boies said.

A week ago NBA players essentially dissolved their union to clear the way for antitrust suits to be filed after labor talks collapsed.

A group of players, including All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, filed an antitrust lawsuit in Northern California against the NBA while another group of players, led by Caron Butler, filed a similar lawsuit in Minnesota.

“They were basically the same substantive complaint,” Boies said, adding that filing only one lawsuit “should permit us to expedite the case.”

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NBA lockout: Billy Hunter suggests players start their own league

Photo: Billy Hunter. Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters.
While the NBA lockout languidly persists, Billy Hunter has an idea to get the players back on the court.

“Maybe we can start our own league,” said Hunter, the executive director of what used to be the NBA players union during a panel Wednesday evening, according to author Touré via SLAM.

"There’s talk of getting a TV deal and creating a new league but it’d have to be with a network that’s unafraid to cross the NBA."

Forget the owners and their proposed 50-50 split of basketball-related income, apparently some of the players think that they can do it all on their own.

Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire seems to be on board.

Last month he told Sporting News: "It's just a matter of us strategically coming up with a plan, a blueprint and putting it together. So we'll see how this lockout goes. If it goes one or two years, then we've got to start our own league."

Negotiating venues and a television deal, however, could be a very lengthy process. But perhaps this idea, if it takes on real momentum, could be one of the impetuses that could spur an agreement with the owners.


Uninformed players should blame themselves

Story lines Lakers will miss in early December

Union disbanding seriously jeopardizes 2011-12 season

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Billy Hunter, right, with Derek Fisher. Credit: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters.

Occupy L.A.? How about Occupy Staples Center!

NBA fans. It's time to unite.

We are the 99%.

Those who miss seeing a Kobe Bryant crossover or a LeBron James dunk should take a lesson from the Occupy L.A. movement. Let's sit outside of Staples Center and demand that the billionaire owners and millionaire players come to an agreement on how to share the lucrative sum generated from basketball-related income (BRI). 

Our protest doesn't need to be entirely thought out.

The Occupy L.A. protesters have stymied traffic in downtown L.A.'s financial district. They hope to stimulate the economy while preventing workers from getting to their jobs.

We just need to take action.

After  the expiration of the NBA's collective-bargaining agreement, the owners are demanding that the players accept 50% of BRI instead of the previously agreed upon 57%, arguing that 22 of 30 teams in the league combined to lose $300 million last season.

We don't care how you split your ridiculous salaries, many of which have more commas than a run-on sentence.

We just want to watch basketball.

NBA fans. It's time to unite.

We are the 99%.


Uninformed players should blame themselves

Story lines Lakers will miss in early December

Union disbanding seriously jeopardizes 2011-12 season

-- Melissa Rohlin

Photo: Protesters demonstrate in downtown L.A. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

NBA players file antitrust suits against the league

CarmeloThe NBA labor dispute has moved a long way off the court -- and into the courtroom.

On Tuesday, a group of players filed separate lawsuits against the NBA, alleging antitrust violations, in federal courts in Minneapolis and Oakland.

Pistons guard Ben Gordon and the No. 2 pick in June's NBA daft, Derrick Williams, plus two other players filed their suit in Minneapolis. Their case alleges the NBA owners' latest offer for a new labor contract would have "wiped out the competitive market for most NBA players," according to the Associated Press.

Later in the day five players, including All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, filed a similar case against the NBA in the Northern District of California in Oakland.

David Boies, an attorney representing the players, said in a press conference: "We hope it's not necessary to go to trial.... [It's in] everybody's interests to resolve this quickly."

On Monday, the NBA players' union rejected the league's latest contract and began disbanding the union so players could file antitrust suits against the league.


NBA cancels more games

Story lines Lakers will miss in early December

Darren Collison making do with less during lockout

Report: Gasol to play for Barcelona if NBA lockout cancels season

-- Barry Stavro  

Photo: New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony during a news conference Monday as the National Basketball Players Assn.  rejected the league's latest contract offer.  Credit: Reuters / Shannon Stapleton.

NBA cancels more games

A day after the players’ union rejected the NBA's latest contract offer and began the process of disbanding the union, the NBA told teams that it had canceled all games through Dec. 15, a league source confirmed to The Times Tuesday afternoon.

The union is expected to file a “disclaimer of interest” so it can convert to a trade association as the dispute moves into the courts. Players are expected to file antitrust lawsuits against the NBA claiming the league conspired to prevent them from making a living.

The players have been locked out by NBA owners for 139 days.

Previously, NBA Commissioner David Stern had canceled all games through Nov. 30.

Stern had hoped to reach a new labor agreement with the players this week so that they could start playing games on Dec. 15, but clearly that won’t be the case.


Story lines Lakers will miss in early December

Darren Collison making do with less during lockout

Report: Gasol to play for Barcelona if NBA lockout cancels season

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Billy Hunter, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association and Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speak at a press conference Monday after NBA players rejected the latest labor offer from the league. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images.

NBA players to miss today's paychecks

Kobe_250If any NBA player went to an ATM today, he probably noticed that he didn’t get a paycheck from his team.

That’s because on the first day when NBA players were supposed to be paid for the 2011-12 season (Nov. 15), they didn’t get any money because they have been locked out for 139 days.

The average NBA player will lose $220,000 today.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, due to earn $25,244,493 this season, will lose $1,051,832 today.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, due to earn $16,022,500 this season, will lose $667,603 today.

Not that any fans feel sorry for these guys.


NBA season in jeopardy as players' union begins to disband

David Stern aggressively urges players to accept latest offer

NBA Commissioner David Stern puts lockout ball in players' court

-- Broderick Turner

Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: Patrick McDermott / Getty Images

NBA players reject owners' latest contract offer


This post has been updated. See below for details.

During a meeting Monday in New York with representatives from all 30 teams and star players such as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, the National Basketball Players Assn. rejected NBA owners' latest contract proposal, saying they felt the "collective bargaining process has completely broken down" and serving a "disclaimer of interest" to NBA Commissioner David Stern and the owners.

That means the players union has dissolved itself voluntarily, putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.

The union -- now a former union that will become a trade association -- has also hired famed attorney David Boies to help file an antitrust suit against the NBA.

"The players feel that they're not prepared to accept the ultimatums," union executive director Billy Hunter said during a news conference shown on NBA TV. "They thought that it was extremely unfair on the part of the NBA ownership, management, to give them an ultimatum that they had to accept their proposal or confront a rollback of 47%."

Stern had threatened the players with receiving just 47% of the basketball-related income (BRI) if they didn't accept the deal the owners offered late last week.

The NBA had offered the players a 50-50 split of BRI, down from the 57% the players had in the last collective bargaining agreement, which expired June 30.

The players had indicated that they were willing to accept the even split, but had issues with many of the "system" issues the owners were demanding.

The players have been locked out 138 days.

"We want to make it clear to our fans, although we chose this today, we have not chosen to be in this position," said Derek Fisher, the Lakes guard who is union president.

[Updated, 12:46 p.m. Nov. 14: Stern issued a statement in which he said the NBA was in “anticipation” of the union taking its current position, and that’s why the league filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board of an unfair labor practice,  asserting that the players were not bargaining in “good faith.”

Stern maintains that the NBA has bargained in “good faith.”

“There will ultimately be a new collective bargaining agreement, but the 2011-12 season is now in jeopardy,” Stern said in the statement.]


David Stern aggressively urges NBA players to accept latest offer

NBA Commissioner David Stern puts lockout ball in players' court

Former Bruin Darren Collison makes due with less during NBA lockout

 -- Broderick Turner

Photo: Surrounded by NBA players, Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Billy Hunter, center, and NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher, second from left, speak to the media Monday. Credi: Seth Wenig / Associated Press

NBA lockout talks stall...again


Negotiations between NBA owners and players have stopped again without a new deal in place.

The NBA owners offered a new proposal to the players' union Thursday night, but union executives looked less than impressed.

"It’s not the greatest proposal in the world but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership," said union chief Billy Hunter (pictured above).

Player representatives from the 30 NBA teams will meet Monday or Tuesday in New York to review the owners' latest offer. If they do not agree to the contract after those meetings, the offer will get worse, NBA Commissioner David Stern said.

"We await the response from the union," Stern said.

There is still a chance at a 72-game season that starts Dec. 15, Stern said, though the union would have to agree to the revised proposal early next week.


Union decertification could mean no season

NBA lockout: Should the players union decertify?

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--Mike Bresnahan

Photo credit: John Minchillo / Associated Press


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