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NBA Lockout for 2011-12 season a 90% certainty

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    I saw this on the Rivals board without the source linked or credited. Interesting stuff:

    Suns’ union rep Jared Dudley “90 percent sure” there will be a lockout

    The NBA Players’ Association distributed a “lockout handbook” to its members last week, in an effort to provide information on the labor talks and to warn players to be smart with their finances as the strong possibility of a work stoppage looms over the league’s 2011-12 season.

    Jared Dudley is the union rep for the Phoenix Suns, so he wasn’t surprised by the handbook’s contents. And he believes that with so much at stake, that the rest of the players should remain educated on the situation, as well.

    “That should be the last resort, in the sense of the handbook,” Dudley said after his team practiced on Saturday. “I mean, I’ve known about this handbook, and the only thing that the handbook shows is what (the owners) first offered. And by now you should know. You should know, you should be engaged, especially because it affects everybody. You should know what they’re proposing, why they’re proposing it, and what they’re trying to get. To have the information is needed. (As for) saving ? everyone should have been saving.”

    One of the things the handbook advised was that the possibility of a lockout was “very likely.” Dudley agreed, but also was careful to point out the fact that just because there’s a lockout, it doesn’t mean that the season will be lost.

    “I think it is pretty likely, but the question is missing games,” Dudley said. “It’s kind of like football; they’re locked out, technically. But that doesn’t mean there’s not going to be a season.

    “I think there will be a lockout; I’m almost 90 percent sure. But that doesn’t mean anything. You’ve got to prepare for that, but the question is, are you going to miss games? Missing games is missing money and possibly losing fans, and that’s what you’ve got to try to stay away from.”

    Dudley didn’t point to one specific thing that is more important than the others from the players’ standpoint when it comes to the negotiations.

    “I don’t think players are looking for a better deal,” Dudley said. “I think if you look from the last one to this one, I think the players actually lost a little bit, in terms of guaranteed money, length of contracts, and rookie scale. For the most part, I think guys just want to be fair. I know I don’t want to take advantage, or be taken advantage of. I think (we’re all) grown men, and we can work something out.”

    There are important issues on both sides that need to be negotiated, and a lockout may serve as the means to that end. Dudley realizes that, but also knows that neither the players nor the owners can afford for it to last too long and destroy all of the goodwill the league has built with its fan base in recent years.

    “No one wants a lockout, I’ll be the first one to tell you,” Dudley said. “At the end of the day hopefully something fair gets done, because no one wants to lose money and everybody wants to keep playing. I think right now the game is at an all time high with the public. But there are probably some teams that are losing money.”
     
  2. JRK1212

    JRK1212 Troll

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    Its called posturing.
     
  3. buff4bcs1985

    buff4bcs1985 Hail to the King

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    of course its posturing... its also probably true....
     
  4. Duff Man

    Duff Man Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    The NBA labor negotiations are going to more contentious than the NFL labor negotiations.
     
  5. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    Especially after Stern said that the NBA lost $400 million in one season recently versus the money-making NFL machine.

    That helps our chances of having Burks lighting up opposing Pac-12 teams.
     
  6. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    that would be awesome if we get one more year of the Burks.
     
  7. LaserDeathHawk

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    chance of Burks return just went up...
     
  8. Cali Buff

    Cali Buff New Member

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    Why would the NBA do this? Would be pretty bad for the league I'd think. I don't know anyone that watches NBA basketball anymore. I don't have numbers but my guess would be the ratings are not that good. A lockout/strike/whatever would probably devastate the league.
     
  9. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    The NBA is awful I won't miss it.
     
  10. dio

    dio Admin Club Member Junta Member

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    I think the NBA is the worst league around. But I thought I saw that the numbers were way up this season
     
  11. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    Will another union decertify?
     
  12. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

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    TNT is having record numbers this year. Not sure about ABC/ESPN's coverage though.
     
  13. tante

    tante Club Member Club Member

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    The Nugs are one of the best teams to watch in the NBA right now.
     
  14. KingPants

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    Yeah, I am usually a hate the NBA guy, but I have really enjoyed watching the Nugs the last few games. Even my wife will watch a little. I thinks it cause the play like a college team. Other then JR there is absolutely no one that has to make sure they get their points. They really don't seem to care who scores. Very refreshing.
     

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