By Chris Sheridan Billy Hunter will be in Beverly Hills, Calif. today, expecting to brief about 50 players on the state of negotiations. David Stern will presumably be relatively dormant, because Mount Stern rarely erupts on consecutive days – and Stern went volcanic Thursday with his statement that his “gut” tells him there will be no NBA games by Christmas if a deal isn’t reached by next Tuesday. (UPDATE–Stern went on ESPN radio this morning and repeated his phrase from Monday night
By Chris Bernucca This NBA lockout is a 12-inch stupid sandwich. The owners have been stupid in believing they could get back in one negotiation everything they have given away over the last 12 years. The players have been stupid in underestimating the backlash from a fickle fan base hit hard by a nationwide economic malaise. And both sides have been extremely stupid in coming close enough to shake hands, then refusing to with the childish insistence of “You first!” It is another in
By Chris Sheridan I went on the radio in Orlando this morning on 740-The Game to discuss what happens next in the NBA lockout, and I left out the part about asking President Obama whether he’d care to intervene. I also referenced the unease I saw on the faces of the principle negotiators, which I wrote about late Monday night after I returned home from the failed lockout talks. For those wondering what the next steps will be, for now it looks like
By Chris Sheridan President Barack Obama is a huge NBA fan, and it is fair to say he holds some sway over the National Labor Relations Board, which spent the summer investigating complaints by both sides (the players filed a complaint first, then the owners filed one of their own) alleging unfair negotiating tactics. Let’s just imagine Mr.President had Nov. 1 circled on his calendar (Bulls at Mavericks), and the commander-in-chief was dismayed as everyone else when negotiations broke down Monday night and commissioner David
By Jan Hubbard Although records for this sort of enterprise are not kept, it seems safe to suggest the two sides in the NBA labor negotiations have received unprecedented help in trying to resolve the impasse. The pack of news people who have had the tedious duty of documenting the skirmish in New York over billions of dollars have listened carefully to both sides, recorded the concerns of each and offered logical solutions. Judge Judy and Dr. Phil combined couldn’t have done better. Perhaps
// < ![CDATA[ csprtContainer(); // ]]> By Chris Sheridan NEW YORK — Well, I guess I forgot they were all lawyers — with an exception for Derek Fisher, who is nonetheless lawyerlike. An explanation is owed to my readers for the eternal optimism of the past few weeks. So here it is: I have known all of these men for years, and in the past several months I have looked all of them in the eyes – David Stern, Adam Silver, Billy Hunter, Fisher, Dan Rube, Ron Klempner, Jeffrey
csprtContainer(); UPDATE NEW YORK — Coming to you from outside the lockout talks, where the sides have been meeting for 3 1/2 hours as we hit 10 p.m. EDT. Representing the owners are Glen Taylor (Minnesota) and Peter Holt (San Antonio). The only players in attendance are Derek Fisher and Maurice Evans. David Stern and Billy Hunter are upstairs; too with their support staffs.
By Mark Heisler Apocalypse now, or not. The worst was about to come to pass, the majority of the media had predicted, wisely or in search of ever-more dire scenarios and ever-bigger headlines, as talks broke off last week with the NBA seemingly prepared to cancel its openers. Actually, the preferred press scenario was doomsday, the cancellation of more than the openers … like the entire 2011-12 season. Seeing any small part of it come true would have made everyone nuts, prompting speculation about