Shaky situation in the NBA

Posted: October 13, 2011 in NBA lockout

By Chris Bates

         The NBA and the NBPA are having a mediator meet with both sides on Tuesday to try and solve the lockout situation in the NBA.  Commissioner David Stern just recently announced that the first two weeks of the NBA will be canceled after the sides broke off negotiations last Monday after a 7 hour meeting.  He stressed canceled and not postponed.  I believed all along that the NBA season will start but there will only be about 65-70 games instead of 82.  The season is scheduled to start Nov. 15, unless the NBA and the players union come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement within this week, the first month of the season could be canceled.  This is not good news for NBA fans.


Games Lost

        Games scheduled to be played include a rematch of last year’s finals, Heat at Mavericks.  Carmelo Anthony returns to his first NBA home, Denver when his new team, the New York Knicks are scheduled take on the Denver Nuggets on Nov. 16.   Numerous superstar players such as Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James believe that they may not be any basketball at all this season.  NBA players are starting to make other plans; most are beginning to sign contracts with teams overseas.  Kobe Bryant is considering playing in Italy, Thunder guard Thabo Sebolosha signed a contract with a Turkish team yesterday that includes an exit clause should the NBA lockout end. 

Owners vs. Players

           The owners locked out the players on July 1 after a new collective bargaining agreement could not be made during the 2010-11 season.  Reports are that NBA commissioner David Stern and Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver met with the National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday.  The players union filed a complaint against the league with the NLRB last May stating that the league is not negotiating in good faith for the player’s best interest.  It is believed that the Owners want the players to lower their asking price for 55 percent of the total revenue to a 50/50 split.  The players do not want to go below 52 percent of the total revenue gained. 


      The mediation could work as that is how the NFL lockout, which lasted four months, ended.  Both sides will go before a judge and the judge will come to a decision regarding the lockout and how much revenue each side will be awarded.  Right now, reports are that the two sides are “not even close” on agreeing to terms and there is a “wide gulf” that separates the two, according to Commissioner Stern.

More Problems

      The NBA wants to put a “supertax” on teams that exceed the salary cap and the players do not want that and are not agreeing to that.  The league is trying to raise the Salary Cap and lower player’s salaries according to numerous reports.  NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter hopes to have the lockout end by Christmas but the way both sides are disagreeing right now, that seems like a long shot.

    The players have been prepared to play overseas for 2 years now knowing that this lockout was coming and there seems to be no sense of urgency from either side to get this deal done.  Until players start to get desperate and want to play, there will be no basketball this season and it’s a shame.  Continue to monitor this situation carefully and I will provide more updates as new news continues to unfold.

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