Tuesday , Aug , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

David Stern, Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher, NBA must step out The Bubble

“I don’t feel optimistic about the players’ willingness to engage in a serious way,” Stern said.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: They came. They talked. They accomplished nothing.

Yesterday Commissioner David Stern and the owners met with Player Union Head Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher to – cough, cough – negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

There was little negotiating. There was even less bargaining. And both sides emerged restating their ideology about how the NBA’s financial system should function.

Ironically, at the exact same time the American government was putting the final touches on the debt crisis bill. Say what you like about the politics but Republicans and Democrats found a compromise.

And for all the posturing both parties seem to finally have some awareness of the hardship the average American is currently facing.

Not the NBA, though. The billionaire owners want a guaranteed profit and filed a lawsuit against the union. The millionaire players want to maintain their average salary of $5 million per annum.

Living in such a bubble must be nice.

–Oly Sandor

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