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Your Morning Dump… Where David Stern has no soul

RedsArmyAdmin August 2, 2011 Uncategorized 8 Comments

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Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump.

Stern: "I'm not optimistic." Then, in his last words before leaving, he essentially accused TheNBPA of not bargaining in good faith.

Asked if players are bargaining in good faith or not, Stern said, "I would say not," and walked away. 

More Stern: "I don’t feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way."

CBS Sports: Stern: NBA players not negotiating in good faith

So David Stern and the owners lock out the players and want to impose a hard cap system where the players eventually go from 57% of the gross revenue to somewhere around 40% in a matter of 10 years… the players counter offer with a system that tweaks the number down to about 54% (giving back about $100 million a year)… and its the PLAYERS who aren't negotiating in good faith?

To be an effective negotiator in a labor situation like this, you have to have no soul.  And Stern clearly has none.  First of all, he makes about $20 million a year, yet he has the balls to attack the players' salaries as the issue for this lockout.  Second, the way a negotiation typically works is you make a crazy offer, the other side counters by making a similarly crazy offer, and you move on from there.  

Except David Stern isn't there to negotiate.  He's there to break.  He's there to bring the players to their knees and create a system where the owners can make whatever stupid decisions they want and they're still guaranteed to line their pockets with millions and millions of dollars.

But here's the thing:  The NBA made so much money this past year, that even with all the wild salaries out there, players didn't even make their allotted 57% of the gross revenue. They made less than that.  Which means the owners brought in MORE than they anticipated.  Which means its not the player salaries that are the root cause of teams losing money.

That's not to say the system is fine the way it is.  But it doesn't need to be scrapped and re-written.  It needs to be tweaked.  Instead of 57%, the players should get 52 or 53%… something that indicates they are both employee AND product… and deserving of a little more than half of the pie.  In a nod to small market owners, maybe some of the exceptions that allow big market teams to have payrolls upwards of $100 million can be eliminated or tweaked.  And finally, they need to fix the luxury tax system to fix revenue sharing and make it more effective.  

Simple little steps.  This negotiation should have been done before the finals were over.  Except David Stern doesn't want that.  And it's David Stern that's willing to blow a whole season to get what he wants.  Everything that he's done in the past to help this league is being flushed down the toilet.  Stern is fast becoming the league's biggest detriment.  It's time for him to go. 

The rest of the links:

ESPN Boston: KG is China's unlikely dream  |   Bucher: CP3's best fit=Boston?  |  Herald:  Labor talks remain at an impasse  |  Globe:  Stern: Nothing to be encouraged about  

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    i don’t see the out plan. owners dug themselves into this and the players don’t want to give.. who do you blame?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jeffreythompson2 Jeffreythompson2

    It’s obvious looking at the situation that Stern and the league’s owners are not negotiating in good faith. they have been fudging numbers making them look like they have lost so much money when that is not the case. The problem is with the owners and the sharing of revenues, not the players and their salaries.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pricehook44 Ainge still lives

    The owners take all the risk. Let the players be paid by how well they play and by wins. If they stink or slack or don’t want to pratice they lose money. Pay should be based on production not potential jsut like in the trades. Do I think the owners are greedy yes the players on the otherhand do not have the upperhand, life isn’t fair and I refuse to feel sorry for the players. I can watch college if I have to.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/viva2811 viva

    Sclerotic old man, he should know when he was done, and that is for a while now. Since he is not aware of himself, there should be a law, at what age you have to retire, not as a choice, but a must do. I have nothing against old people, but everyone should be aware of their own limitations.
    I don’t understand league system in USA bball, honestly I’m not even trying to, but it looks like monopoly and authoritarianism, if it’s the right word, and a very bad thing in that kind of system is having an idiot in charge. I believed he should be the link in between, not taking sides, silly me. Is he commissioner for life?! I’m starting to worry he’ll live long enough to destroy the league entirely (“I am, and no one after me”).
    This makes me sad.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mikemunger Mike Munger

    The NBA has gone through four lockouts if I’m not mistaken and I believe Stern has been the commish for at least three. Know how many players strikes they’ve gone through?? ZERO. How the hell are players negotiating in bad faith when the owners are lying their billionaire asses off about how much money they’re supposedly losing?? Not one fan in all the world pays $$ to see an owner. We all pay to see the players. If the owners feel that they paid too much for scrubs…NOT THE PLAYERS FAULTS.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pricehook44 Ainge still lives

    If thet don’t overpay for scrubs the stars cry and leave see Lebron they went after Shaq moe and antwan all role players guys they could afford. Why would you strike when you have contracts that pay if you play or not.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jacobnoble Jnoble Celtics

    I think this situation deals more with the global economic collapse that is happening. The CBA expired and now they can secure their league for the next 10 years of economic uncertainity. Attendance has dropped all around the league, and the expenses are increasing (every business has expenses increasing) so they are tryign to decrease their liabilities, which the players salaries are the largest sum. If they continue this path it will not be good for the league as they won’t be able to pay their debts and they will be operating like our government does, minus the ability to Tax.
    The owners have loans and notes that can’t be modified but setting up a new salary structure will help tremendously. Cut length of contracts down, remove guarantees, and develop a Cap thats more suitable, not a 90+ million dollar payroll like LA and BOS have.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jacobnoble Jnoble Celtics

    Someone has to provide a place for these gods to play… someone has to pay these gods to play, and someone has to maintain the product. stop acting like the league doesn’t need owners and a commissioner.