Hardline owners, led by Michael Jordan, could send lockout negotiations into a tailspin

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Hardline owners, led by Michael Jordan, could send lockout negotiations into a tailspin
 

 

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A near-majority group of 14 NBA owners is set to dig in its collective heels as the NBA prepares to negotiate with its players on Saturday in an attempt to end the 4-month-old NBA lockout. According to the New York Times, a cadre of angry owners wants nothing to do with even the limited concessions the NBA has made so far in its lame attempts at good-faith negotiations over the last two months, and led by Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan, things could get worse before they get any better.

From Howard Beck:

The owners' faction includes between 10 and 14 owners and is being led by Charlotte's Michael Jordan, according to a person who has spoken with the owners. That group wanted the players' share set no higher than 47 percent, and it was upset when league negotiators proposed a 50-50 split last month.

According to the person who spoke with the owners, Jordan's faction intends to vote against the 50-50 deal, if negotiations get that far. Saturday's owners meeting was arranged in part to address that concern.

A majority of the 29 owners are believed to support a 50-50 deal, but they are reluctant to move further.

"There's no one who's interested in going above 50 percent," said the person who has spoken with the owners.

(If you're wondering about the "29 owners" reference, remember that there are 30 NBA teams, but the New Orleans Hornets are owned by the NBA until the NBA can find a suitable buyer that will make the NBA look good by keeping the team in New Orleans.)

Of course, this reminds of Michael Jordan's infamous catcall at late Washington Wizards owner Abe Pollin from 1998 lockout negotiations, when Jordan yelled "if you can't make a profit, you should sell your team" at the decades-long Wizards owner (Jordan has owned the Bobcats for 17 months, Pollin had owned his Wizards for three decades by that point), but that's neither here nor there for a pair of sides that have been duplicitous (though the owners are better at it) and unreliable (the players, 'natch) since "negotiations" began.

Beck went on to report that the Jordan-led group of owners wants to give the players just 37 percent of all income that the league earns from people who pay money for things that are a.ssociated with basketball players playing basketball. It's ridiculous to ask any 48-year-old like Jordan to act like he did 13 years ago, even when discussing the same subject and especially now that he's on the exact opposite side of the table; but a 37 percent share? On what planet does that seem like an accurate representation of why the money goes where it does?

Of course, the players aren't much better off. They've given up far, far more over the course of these negotiations (in real dollars, and not just backing off of hopeless bargaining lines as the owners have); and while the difference between 52 and 50 percent in terms of basketball-related income is quite a bit of money, at this point the players are haggling over a symbolic gesture -- that a league that derives popularity from its players should earn the majority of the related income, even if it's just a few ticks away from an even split. On top of that, the influence of player agents and scared superstars has turned the NBA PA into a distrustful, colluding mess.

There's a good chance Saturday ends it all. A sound chance that both sides will come to their senses under proper leadership, ignoring fringe (if familiar) groups, and making headway on what really isn't an even split. Apologies for continuing to sound like a shill for the pathetic NBA PA, but it is true that the players are getting destroyed, here, even if the owners take a few steps toward the middle this weekend.

Or, more likely, there's a good chance Saturday ends it all in a much nastier way. Including the moves that could lead to the cancellation of the 2011-12 season, if we're to get specific, with the players moving to attempt to decertify their union and a group of barely minority (one vote away) owners digging in. Winter is just around the corner, and the two sides in this battle are more stubborn and acting more ridiculous than ever.

Have a great weekend, NBA fans.


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100 comments for "Hardline owners, led by Michael Jordan, could send lockout negotiations into a tailspin"

 6 years ago '08        #2
VerbalAssassin 100 heat pts100
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 6 years ago '05        #3
GUNIT-FINEST 
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and ppl still wanna be mad at players they come down from 57to 52 yet owners dont wanna work out anything and if they could they rather have it 48-52 and ppl are pro owners smh
 6 years ago '11        #4
PTC 138 heat pts138
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Whether in a jersey or suit, Jordan stays sh*tting on NBA players.
 6 years ago '04        #5
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 ogballer32 said:

According to the person who spoke with the owners, Jordan's faction intends to vote against the 50-50 deal, if negotiations get that far. Saturday's owners meeting was arranged in part to address that concern.



Beck went on to report that the Jordan-led group of owners wants to give the players just 37 percent of all income that the league earns from people who pay money for things that are a.ssociated with basketball players playing basketball.
 6 years ago '10        #6
quan3106 88 heat pts88
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 6 years ago '10        #7
Agentzer0oo0 209 heat pts209
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Seriously they wanted no more than 47%?

Wow....
 6 years ago '05        #8
Sheeed 1 heat pts
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37% ....they can't be serious

Business is business but it odd that they're being led by a former player smh
 6 years ago '04        #9
CTre 22 heat pts22
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Jordan don't give a fu*k.. look at the Bobcats roster
 6 years ago '05        #10
QualityRecords 8 heat pts
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MJ always was an as*hole. MJ would have punched an owner in the face if they told him they were gonna give the players 37% back when he was playing. People watch the NBA for the players, not some old a.ss man up in a suite with more money than all of his players combined.
 11-04-2011, 04:58 PM         #11
Dangerously 
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Kobe is GOAT
 6 years ago '05        #12
Brdn08 1 heat pts
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MJ the GOAT!! He'll win this too!
 6 years ago '06        #13
TheKastOne 
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Wow...Jordan losin' fans over this one....37%....what in the hell?
 6 years ago '11        #14
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 PTC said:
Whether in a jersey or suit, Jordan stays sh*tting on NBA players.
 6 years ago '08        #15
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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I'm pro owners btw....when they make money the product is always better across the board.

When the inmates run the asylum, we get Decision 2010 and 6-8 teams with a legitimate shot to win.
 6 years ago '10        #16
GUNITZCAPO 
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come on now u kno jordan dont care bout that sh*t...what nba star is coming to charlotte....go head ill wait
 6 years ago '10        #17
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 CTre said:
Jordan don't give a fu*k.. look at the Bobcats roster
 6 years ago '04        #18
SpyDa 180 heat pts180
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damn 37%.....


dem n*ggaz getting fu*ked
 6 years ago '08        #19
EMER1TUS 11 heat pts11
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 GUNITZCAPO said:
come on now u kno jordan dont care bout that sh*t...what nba star is coming to charlotte....go head ill wait

I remember they said the same thing about the Panthers...then we got 1 player and next year everybody gonna wanna come get down. 04 Pistons proved you don't have to have 3 Sueprstars to win.....If you're a small market team u just need a group of solid players to win.
 11-04-2011, 05:37 PM         #20
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I AIN'T TRYING TO TAKE NO PICTURES WITH NO NI**AS!


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