NBPA to Owners: We reject the offer, but let’s keep talking

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NBPA to Owners: We reject the offer, but let’s keep talking

The NBA Players Association and its representatives do not have the slightest clue what they are negotiating for or they stink at negotiating. In a immature reply to the owners, Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter gathered for yet another press conference and told the media they rejected the owners latest proposal–but they wanted to keep talking. Hunter, very arrogantly stated that David Stern would keep the latest offer of a 50/50 split open to acceptance past the Wednesday ultimatum deadline. Hunter said he would reach out to Stern about further meetings between players and owners. He also mentioned what amounted to speculation from gossip that the owners would cancel games up till Christmas if the Wednesday deadline wasn’t met. Hunter spoke more about how the players authorized him to seek further discussion but always stating that the players ‘want to make a deal’ but ‘as long as its a good deal’.

The Players Association and its Union have run out of time and are failures as leaders in the collective bargaining process. The NFL players and owners at least, after taking verbal jabs through the media in the early stages of their lockout, managed to find a direction in which they could move forward. DeMaurice Smith and Roger Goodell now seemed like Ronald Reagan and Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev discussing nuclear disarmament. The two leaders would meet together exclusively many times during the NFL lockout and work out their needs respective to their parties, when early on they both held tightly to their interests similar to Stern and the NBAPA. The NBAPA appears to be disorganized and fumbling their way along hoping eventually to win the negotiations by attrition. For fans, the focus now shouldn’t be on whether the season can begin but if they want to spend their hard-earned money (in a stagnant economy) on NBA games when players and owners have such a bitter relationship.

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