If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em ……As In Keepin’ Up With The Joneses …… The NBA Had Better Keep Themselves In Check …………..

If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em ……As In Keepin’ Up With The Joneses …… The NBA Had Better Keep Themselves In Check …………..

As many of you are no doubt aware the NFL has its growing labor problems with the NFLPA . And at this moment in time coming, of a monumentally success of Superbowl (SBXLIV) and the fact the event was the most watched televised event television history. One would’ve thought this would be enough an indication , wherein NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and his counterpart, NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith would be on the same when it came to negotiating a renewed and improved collective bargaining agreement ? Well, the chasm between the two sides and the acrimony that exists would lead one to believe that there would be a better chance of a negotiated ‘peace agreement’ between the Palestinians and the Israeli’s.

Now it appears that the chasm between the two and their respective parties is now beyond any conceivable acknowledgment where the two can come to some accord. And with a March 5th deadline approaching for an agreement to be reached. Failure to do so will either lead to a work stoppage or the mere fact the upcoming season will go ahead but without there being the NFL mandated salary cap under which all of the teams operate under. I’ll leave it up for you to decide the sort of mayhem envisaged were that scenario to take place !

NBA  Commissoner <strong> David  Stern </strong>  is  seen  here  seated  beside     NBPA  Executive  Director <strong>  Billy  Hunter  </strong>  at   last   season's   NBA  All   Star   Weekend.   The  two  answered  questions   posed to  them  by  the  convened  press  and  surrounding media.   photo  appears  courtesy  of   <strong>  NBAE/Getty Images/</strong>  Bill  Baptiste  ....................
NBA Commissoner David Stern is seen here seated beside NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter at last season's NBA All Star Weekend. The two answered questions posed to them by the convened press and surrounding media. photo appears courtesy of NBAE/Getty Images/ Bill Baptiste ....................

Now comes word that the NBA and its hierarchy are said to be facing the very same dilemma with its union counterpart, in the form of the NBPA (NBA Players’ Union) and their wish to renegotiate the terms under which their present collective bargaining agreement has been set up. NBA Commissioner David Stern and his union counterpart NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter , while having something of a cordial relationship. Both sides are known to be wide apart as to what each views as equitable as to how they can reach an amicable accord to an agreement. Chances are that both sides are prepared to play ‘hard ball’ while at the same time showing their intransigence at the acuteness of the situation. The gravities of which , would be compounded were there to be a labor stoppage and lockout, initiated by the owners and that of the NBA hierarchy.

Courtesy of SB Nation

NBA Labor Negotiations : Praying A Lockout Doesn’t Happen

Feb 8, 2010 – We’re still over a year away from the expiration of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, but the fireworks have already started.

In a nutshell, here’s the problem: with declining attendance numbers, the bad economy and escalating player salaries, owners are losing a lot of money under the current model. To get some of that money back, they’ll fight for a redistribution of what’s known as “Basketball Related Income,” i.e. whatever revenue comes in. They want a larger slice of the pie, to put it simply. They also want to roll back salaries and potentially change to a salary-cap system that more closely mirrors football’s hard cap

The players understand all of that, but while they’d likely accept a slight decline in player salaries, they’d like to keep the system pretty much the way it is. That means no fundamental changes, only minor ones.

They probably won’t like the owners’ first proposal, then, which will be presented to NBA player representatives during next week’s All-Star weekend. Ric Bucher of ESPN reports:

The proposal, a source familiar with talks said, includes rollbacks that could reduce maximum guaranteed salaries, both for veterans such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as up-and-comers like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for under the current agreement.

Perhaps the biggest shocker: The owners’ proposal includes a provision that would require any pre-existing deals to be revised to conform to the new deal’s limits.

The value of a maximum contract would fall from $120 million plus to $60 million (and $50 million for those signing their first extensions of their rookie contracts). But that’s not all. The owners are also pushing for the abolishment of all cap exceptions, which thereby creates a hard cap like we have in football. To make matters worse, the owners want less than half of every long-term deal to be guaranteed, which would allow teams to just cut players after a certain number of years if they like.

Jeez. Why not ban agents while you’re at it?

Predictably, the players who have spoken out are less than thrilled. Adonal Foyle, who is the vice president of the Players Association, called the proposal “ludicrous,” “rash” and “unfair.”

“A system like [the new proposal] would be too restrictive, and it doesn’t jibe with what we think the league is. We have been willing to negotiate a guarantee that we don’t get over a certain threshold, and no other businesses do that. We hold back 9 percent of our income so that the owners can make sure they are covered on the back end. We have given up a lot of stuff, and they have given up a lot of stuff, so I think to start off a negotiation in this rash a term, I think it’s unfair,” Foyle said.

In an interview with SB Nation’s Phoenix Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun, Louis Amundson, Phoenix’s player representative, agreed, though he seemed a bit more willing to compromise.

“I think the main thing, we don’t want to see an NBA where there’s no guaranteed contracts like the NFL and where they reduce the number of years for guaranteed contracts. Because then it just makes it so hard for the guys coming in and the draft pics. That’s a stiatuion I think we are going to stay firm on. But there’s other issues that I think are a little more grayer that I think that the union is a little more willing to compromise on. So we’ll see. It’s early and there’s still a whole lot of issues to cover.”

Amundson also talked about the issue of public perception.

“You don’t want to turn off any of the fans and I think in this economy I think both sides ideally are going to have to compromise a bit with the dollar figures. We make a lot of money and so do they but it’s a good business so there’s a lot of money involved so that’s part of it. That’s part of the biz.”

That strikes me as the key issue here. During the last contentious CBA negotiations in 1999, the players were ultimately forced to make several concessions because they could not get the public on their side. They complained too much about being underpaid and “fighting for their survival,” which isn’t exactly what the average Joe making 1/20th of your salary wants to hear.

It’ll be interesting to see how they approach things this year.The owners’ initial proposal, which is so incredibly drastic, was put in place with that in mind. The owners likely feel they can lowball the players because they have superior public relations and know the players will suffer more if they strike. The key for the players this time is crafting a better PR strategy and making sure they can create leverage among the public.

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And while neither Hunter or Stern have been forthcoming, with a formal public statement on the issue. There have been rumblings of discontent from both sides, without there being any open accusations being directed from one party against the other. But it’s clear that once that impasse has grown wider then the gloves will come off. And then things for all sense and purpose could become extremely dirty and somewhat unsavory. While there’s no denying that a lockout would hurt the NBA irrevocably . One has to now wonder what the mindset happens to be amongst the parties concerned and in particular whether or not they might happen to care what the ‘NBA fans’ might think of this all ? Clearly those concerns have yet to manifest itself with anything responsible that has been forthcoming from either party. As I’ve alluded to earlier , neither side has yet to respond with a public statement to media. So selective and secretive have been both David Stern and Billy Hunter on this issue. That you would probably have to hire a soothsayer to find out what either of the two are said to be thinking on this very matter at this moment in time.

Guaranteed salaries in imminent new contracts for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would be reduced under an owners proposal to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for currently.
Guaranteed salaries in imminent new contracts for LeBron James and Kobe Bryant would be reduced under an owners proposal to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for currently. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Andrew D. Bernstein .................

Courtesy of ESPN.com

Proposed CBA would limit LeBron deal

By Ric Bucher ESPN The Magazine

The NBA will put its marquee players on display in next weekend’s All-Star Game in Dallas, but the party-like atmosphere is sure to be chilled when the stars learn the details of the collective bargaining agreement offer presented at the end of January by commissioner David Stern to players’ union director Billy Hunter.

The proposal, a source familiar with talks said, includes rollbacks that could reduce maximum guaranteed salaries, both for veterans such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, as well as up-and-comers like Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose, to almost a third of what they would have been eligible for under the current agreement.

Perhaps the biggest shocker: The owners’ proposal includes a provision that would require any pre-existing deals to be revised to conform to the new deal’s limits.

The current deal is set to expire as of July 1, 2011. The league’s owners have the option to extend it one more year, but they’ve already made it clear they don’t intend to.

“The league has to be careful,” said one agent who requested anonymity. “If the top players are united against David, that’s going to make for a tough fight. It could get very ugly.”

Presenting a new proposal nearly 18 months in advance of the current deal’s anticipated expiration is unprecedented, several sources said. Doing so right before All-Star Weekend also seems odd, particularly since Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, the weekend’s host owner, has crowed about the event drawing a record 100,000 fans and a surrounding spectacle dwarfing that of the NFL’s Super Bowl XLIV.

“It’s the most dire economic time, so they want to take advantage of that and scare the players now,” the agent said. “It is a negotiation. This is what you do.”

The total value for a veteran maximum deal would be well under $60 million and for players currently on rookie salary-scale deals well under $50 million, the source familiar with the proposal said. Fully guaranteed maximum deals also could be a thing of the past, with the proposal allowing for less than half of any contract to be guaranteed.

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In order to read Ric Bucher’s article in its entirety
just click on the link provided herein
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The greed that exists within professional sports is no different from that of Wall St or for that matter another other large corporate enterprise that seeks to get bigger. The real problem becomes an issue when greed is then supplanted by deceit, lies and a great deal of corrupt practices and actions from both sides. Though neither party would be willing to confess that they are prepared to stoop that low in order to get an advantage over the other. But the real problem however, lies in the fact that the only person who tends to get hurt in the end , is the consumer , as in the most ardent of NBA fans. These are the ones who spend a great deal of money to attend the games and see a bunch overpaid high priced stars display their extensive and vast array of skills. But who for the latter part couldn’t much less about the fans or what they might indeed think. And the same too can be said of the NBA’s hierarchy and that of the owners as well. Where in large part ,the greed of all of the parties concerned , seems to have no boundaries whatsoever !

The NBA can ill afford to meander down the same path as that of the NFL and without deference to anyone. But it appears that they too much like their counterparts are willing to act in the same extraordinary fashion . As I’d alluded to in an earlier article entitled …..”Calmer Heads Ought To Prevail ……..But We’re Talking About The NFL and The NFLPA (Players’ Union) Here …….. So What Gives ? (Click on the link herein to read the piece in its entirety) Greed in no matter what form it takes , it has a tendency to bring out the darker side in us all and that’s without exception. And for the likes of the NBA, its hierarchy and that of the NBPA , that now appears to be the case ! It’d appear that they are unwilling to keep themselves in check , in order to give the impression that they do indeed care about the game. In all honesty ,that care only goes as far as to where they view the origin of the next almighty dollar !

‘Money’ by Pink Floyd .

Alan Parkins aka tophatal …………

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Budding  actress  and   model <strong> Naureen Zaim </strong> seen  here   posing  for <strong>  Maxim  Magazine</strong>.     Young  Naureen  has  let  it be  known  that  she wants  to  be  taken  seriously   in  every  facet of her  career.  And   looking  at  this  picture I can  understand  why  !
Budding actress and model Naureen Zaim seen here posing for Maxim Magazine. Young Naureen has let it be known that she wants to be taken seriously in every facet of her career. And looking at this picture I can understand why !

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8 thoughts on “If You Can’t Beat ’em Join ’em ……As In Keepin’ Up With The Joneses …… The NBA Had Better Keep Themselves In Check …………..

  1. It’ll be interesting if they have a lockout. If they do I wonder if guys will come back out of shape like the last lockout. Shawn Kemp never was the same after he put on the weight!

    1. chappy 81

      If the NBA hieracty so much as goes down this route and forces the NBPA’s hand . Then Stern will be on the losing end of this battle against Exec Director Billy Hunter . The ‘union’ has gotten considerably stronger over the years and they’re no longer the pushover that some people might still believe them to be.

      One way or another they had better get something done instead of alienating the fans in the same way that NFL and NFLPA already seems to have done.

      Alan Parkins

  2. If the NBA labor negotiations go the way of the Dunk contest, the league could be in serious trouble.

    That was atrocious last night. I’ll have an angry piece coming up about it on the Chump soon.

    1. Chris Humpherys

      If that’s all Nate Robinson will have as his legacy — three time Slam Dunk champion . Then is it any wonder that the Knicks stink to high heaven ? Not even Spike Lee can rescue the pile of dog crap that D’Antoni and Donnie Walsh have created. Who the hell goes to the Gardens to see the Knicks nowadays ? The mentally challenged and the inebriated ?

      Alan Parkins

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