Chopping NBA Salaries on both sides

Thoughts on the  pending NBA labor strife and ideas about a new Collective Bargaining Agreement  via basketball authority site and Matt Tolnick a sports agent for Kauffman Sports. You can follow Kauffman Sports on twitter @KauffmanSports. And hoops hype @hoopshype:

During collective bargaining talks, NBA ownership will likely seek to reduce what it perceives to be waste. This is likely to include a reduction in long, guaranteed contracts, which have often paid massive amounts of money to players who are injured, over-the-hill, or otherwise unfit to contribute. There has been talk of shorter length maximum contracts and there has even been talk of scaling back already committed (and “guaranteed”) salary.

One approach by the NBA might be to push for the reduction of existing maximum salary deals to fall in line with new, lower salary maximums, as enunciated by a new CBA. Another and far more extreme stance could be for the NBA to insist on reducing all existing player contracts by a given percentage.

Such a proposal would be particularly unfair to certain types of players. For example, some players and their agents negotiated long-term contracts (contracts extending beyond the 2010-11 season) that they felt were for less than their present, fair market value in light of the expectation that, under a new CBA, salaries might be even further depressed. If these players’ contracts were scaled down further by a new CBA, they would be forced to play for a salary to which they never would have agreed, preferring instead to play with a different NBA team or to play abroad.

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NBAPA supports Wisconsin Workers

Unions across the country are standing with the workers of Wisconsin against the unprecedented attacks by Gov. Scott Walker. Count the National Basketball Association’s Player’s Association among their ranks. The NBAPA has been threatened with layoffs, contraction, and steep cuts in pay and benefits in their current collective bargaining negotiations with NBA commissioner David Stern and the assorted team owners. Considering that no one ever bought a ticket to look at Mark Cuban, a Maloof brother or (shudder) Donald Sterling, their’s is a struggle worthy of support. Well solidarity is a two way street and it is a very positive development to have NBAPA Executive Director Billy Hunter  and Milwaukee Buck Keyon Dooling – also an NBAPA VP speak out on behalf of Wisconsin’s workers. Thursday’s late night vote in the state assembly to strip the public sector employees of their very rights to collectively bargain was, for Hunter and Dooling, a bridge too far.

Its Blake’s world

Los Angeles Clippers rookie forward Blake Griffin caught a pass out of the sunroof of a 2011 Kia Optima from teammate Baron Davis. Griffin easily dunked while the Crenshaw Select Choir sang “I Believe I Can Fly” at midcourt.

“The Saturday night broadcast delivered 8.1 million total viewers, 5.1 million households and a 4.4 rating, Time Warner Inc.’s TNT said in an e-mailed statement today. That’s 49 percent more than last year and 23 percent more than 2009, which set the old record for the 26-year-old event.”

“Viewership peaked at 10.4 million for Griffin’s winning shot. The rookie took a pass through the sunroof of a Kia Optima from Los Angeles Clippers teammate Baron Davis as he leaped over the hood of the car to deliver a two-handed dunk.” – via Bloomberg