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The NBA lockout is not only bad for the business of sports but also bad for the ladies who bond with their partners while pretending to watch the scoreboard. That fine eye candy certainly helps to focus our attention on the court. Although there’s way too many handsome, Hot men playing in the NBA, we’ve decided to highlight the best of the best (in our eyes of course). Let us know who you think deserves to be added to the list!
Dwyane Wade is the obvious choice, isn’t he? He’ll make the eye-candy cut for years to come. He’s sweet, he’s cute, he’s Hot and he takes care of his kids, darnit!
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This incident is truly one for the books. Bryant Gumbel, the man who was ridiculed in the 80s and 90s for mirroring an “Uncle Tom” character while he stoically manned the Today Show on NBC, caused a stir last night when he spoke out against NBA commissioner David Stern during his HBO show “Real Sports.”
Gumbel attributed the stalled NBA negotiations to Stern and his hateful sentiment against players. ”But his efforts were typical of a commissioner, who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer treating NBA men as if they were his boys,” Gumbel said. “It’s part of Stern’s M.O. Like his past self-serving edicts on dress code or the questioning of officials, his moves are intended to do little more than show how he’s the one keeping the hired hands in their place.”
Has age made Gumbel more honest and transparent? He certainly has been more open about unleashing some racial commentary in recent years. In 2006, Gumbel made a hilarious comment about the winter Olypmics: “Try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention,” he said.
The first two weeks of the NBA regular season have already been cancelled due to inability of the NBA players union and NBA owners to come to an agreement. The major discussion point is the disparity between the income of players and the profits of NBA owners.
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(AP) – NBA players and owners spent a marathon 16 hours meeting with a federal mediator and planned to return early Wednesday to continue the talks. They didn’t emerge with the deal Commissioner David Stern wanted Tuesday, but things went well enough that owners decided to alter their plans after previously saying they weren’t available Wednesday. The sides met beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday and went late into the night, finally breaking after 2 a.m. Wednesday. It was more than twice as long as any previous negotiating session since owners locked out players when the old collective bargaining agreement expired June 30.
by Cynthia Wright
Tuesday came and went with no sign of the stalemate between the league and basketball players coming to an end. With neither side able to reach a decision, the season’s pre-season games have been canceled. Along with that, the league will lose approximately $200 million dollars before the season officially starts. On top of that, the longer this impending decision drags on, the more likely the regular season will soon become affected.
From the outside looking in, it is hard to gauge when a resolution will be met. During Tuesday’s meeting, both sides were at loggerheads when a “concept” was put on the negotiating table around the idea of a 50-50 split of basketball revenue. However, several players (Kevin Garnett being one of the more uncompromising) made it known that they weren’t too keen on the idea, even if the league feels that the idea is “more than generous.” With the league’s owner’s bottom line being more financially driven, with them wanting more givebacks from the players, fans may be in for a long ride.
So what to do? So far there has been mixed reports from the NBA Commissioner David Stern, along with similar reports from Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher, with all of them spinning both positive and confrontational tales. Which appears to be lending nothing more than confusion to an already complex situation.
Yet, both sides remain cemented in their decisions, with either side willing to lose out on all the financial gain that a full NBA season would provide. At the same time, the owners’ determination to succeed where other owners have failed (notably the NFL), may have some questioning who is really the greedy ones here? The league, the agents or the players themselves?
Recently, a group of agents came together to address a letter to the players, regarding the lockout. With the main idea behind this mode of expression being to remind the players not to let the NBA take too much away. In other words, even though the owners have a certain figure in mind, the players don’t have to necessary cave into their demands.
“Remember, it is not about when or how fast a deal is reached, it is about taking the time to secure the deal,” the letter states.
Several agents have also pushed for the union to decertify – a similar tactic the NFL players’ union utilized last summer, which is slowly starting to become a consideration for the troubles surrounding the NBA.
“There are a lot of things that we have to consider before we go in that direction. But clearly that’s something we may have to give some thought to,” Hunter commented to the Washington Post.
One thing seems for certain; in that it is entirely possible for a negotiation that has canceled over $100 million or so in revenue could end up costing $100 million or so in legal fees.
Cynthia Wright is an avid lover of all things geeky. When she isn’t freelancing, she can be found on her blog BGA Life and on Twitter at @cynisright.
By Jay Anderson
Everyone has their vices. Some women (ie: my wife) obsess over expensive shoes. For some people it’s food. For me, it’s basketball, the NBA variety to be exact.
I’m a season ticket holder of a very bad team I’d rather not mention here, but it rhymes with Gizzards. I exemplify the term “fan.” I pay very good money to see a very bad team. My office and man cave at home are chock full of team bobbleheads and merchandise. I have dozens of games from last season on DVR that I watch when I’m bored. I persue team fan blogs with every free moment of my work day.
As the NBA’s lockout drags perilously close to the start date of training camp with no end in sight, I can’t help but think how miserable a sports winter this might be without The Association. Sure, there’s college ball and the NFL, and well, my wife and kids to keep me preoccupied. But it’s hard to imagine the upcoming 2011-12 season wiped out because a bunch of spoiled millionaires and a bunch of greedy billionaires can’t come to a simple labor agreement. Sometimes I wonder if the NBA and it’s players have considered the possibility that people like me don’t care about a few percentage points of a multi-billion dollar pie. We just want to see some hoops.
At the root of this entire debate is just how much of the league’s basketball related income (BRI) should be shared with the players. That number came in at around $3.817 billion last season, and players got around 57% of it in the form of salaries. The NBA contends that that percentage needs to be reduced a few points to keep expenses in line with revenue. The players, obviously disagree, thus the lockout.
Stepping back, I understand the plight of both sides. Players don’t want limits on the maximum length of salaries, a hard salary cap, or other league-proposed restrictions that will essentially limit the amount of that multi-billion dollar pie that the NBA must share with them. The league wants to bring player salaries back in line with earnings, asserting (via some very dubious math, might I add) that nearly 2/3 of the league’s teams are losing money annually.
(Politics365) — When Jim Buss took over day-to-day control of the Los Angeles Lakers from his father, Dr. Jerry Buss, one of his first acts of business was to terminate or not renew the contracts of many long-time employees, many who had been the franchise since the 1980s. And he did so in the middle of the owner-imposed NBA lockout no less. The Lakers laid off about 20 employees for cost-cutting reasons before the lockout, including assistant general manager Ronnie Lester, four of the five athletic trainers and the entire scouting department, namely former head coach Rudy Tomjanovich. Remember, the Lakers are one of the eight NBA teams that actually made a profit, according to league records.
(AP) — If NBA stars are serious about playing overseas, basketball’s governing body says they will be welcomed. Just as long as they promise to leave once the lockout ends. FIBA announced Friday it would clear NBA players under contract to play in its leagues during the work stoppage, provided the deals they sign come with opt-out clauses. In a ruling that paves the way for players to earn a paycheck, FIBA agreed with NBA and players’ association officials that players are free to sign anywhere but do so at their own risk of injury. ”As the world governing body for basketball, we strongly hope that the labor dispute will be resolved as soon as possible, and that the NBA season is able to begin as scheduled,” secretary general Patrick Baumann said in a statement. ”In view of our role to promote basketball worldwide, we support any player wishing to play the game, wherever and whenever. We do so while obviously taking the interests, rights and obligations of all parties into account.”
by Mark Anthony Neal
Deron Williams’ recent announcement that he was planning to play abroad during the NBA lockout with the possibility that many other NBA stars are also considering doing so, highlights the successful globalization of the NBA; it is one of the world’s most recognizable brands. But as David J. Leonard recently suggested, “Whereas the NBA hoped to cultivate and capitalize on stars from China, Germany, France, Brazil and elsewhere,” and market them to global fans, “it has been African American stars that have captured the hearts and minds of many global fans.” Leonard notes, the NBA’s desire for expansion has unwittingly given the leagues’ players—80% of whom are of African-descent—bargaining leverage in the midst of an owners’ lock-out.
NBA players have long been in a unique position; with regards to the NBA. the players exist as both the labor and the product, and despite the escalation of players’ salaries in comparison to a generation ago, their labors have primarily increased the coffers of the league’s owners. In contrast to their capacity to generate wealth for the owners and commissioner David Stern (whose job is to advocate on behalf of the owners), the players themselves have very little input in the basic affairs of the league (i.e. salary-caps, dress codes, minimum age limits, etc).
Given their role as the NBA’s primary commodity, the question is not whether NBA players should play in Europe or elsewhere during the lockout, but whether the players should think about creating a professional league of their own that would maximize their labor, economic value and provide a legitimate alternative to the NBA. If the players were to look for a model, there is no better one than the Negro Baseball League.
When Moses Fleetwood was released by the Syracuse baseball team in 1889, he became a historic footnote: the last African-American to play in Major League Baseball until Jackie Robinson broke through the so-called “color line” in the spring of 1947. Fleetwood and many Black players until Robinson were subject to an unspoken decision by a cabal of Major League owners and players to ban Black players from the league. In effect the owners locked-out some of the best American baseball players of the early 20th century.
(Wall Street Journal) — With the NBA stuck in a lockout that could last for months, New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams became the first major NBA player to have a backup plan for the fall: He’s taking his talents to Istanbul. On Thursday, Williams agreed to join Turkish team Besiktas in the event of a lengthy lockout. There’s no need for Net fans to panic, since he’ll play in New Jersey in the event there’s actually NBA basketball this year, but Williams could be headed to Turkey if the labor situation is not resolved. With the move, Williams may have transformed from All-Star point guard to trend-setter.
(Wall Street Journal) — NBA owners locked out their players Friday after labor negotiations collapsed, threatening the upcoming basketball season. Owners and players met in New York Thursday for a last-ditch negotiating session as the contract expired at midnight, but failed to reach a resolution on key sticking points —including salary cap parameters and revenue splits. NBA Commissioner David Stern and players union head Billy Hunter said the two sides remained far apart in their fight over how to divide about $4 billion in league revenue. The owners say they are losing money and want a bigger share. The players say they are willing to make concessions on salaries but don’t want to give up as much as the owners are asking.