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The GSoM-it Redwood Shores Game idea

When i proposed this idea last year, it got a fair amount of support because people were a little annoyed of the whole lockout situation. I was thinking of possibly reintroducing the the idea. WHAT CHALL THINK?

Marc Spears – Consequences and Repercussions

audio of Spears breaking it down for about 17 minutes. Talks about next steps, timing, if it was fair that the players didn't actually ever get to vote on the proposed deal. Guy sounds pretty depressed. Talks about a discussion he had with Steph Curry (@around 13:15 mark). Essentially says that Steph estimated he would be ok financially for about a year and a half if the lockout continues. Actually makes me real glad Reggie took the deal overseas...but makes me wonder about Udoh (recall that he recently got taken for over a quarter mil) Another good point towards the end (right at the last minute) about the strong draft class that will be coming in and how they will take away some minutes from some of the older, marginal players. So, maybe Radmanovic just retired

Is an end to the NBA lockout near?

I don't know how credible this article is but it sure got my hopes up. What do you guys think?

'Psychic Benefits' and the NBA Lockout

"(T)he $90 million premium that the Warriors' new owners were willing to pay represents the psychic benefit of owning a sports team. If that seems like a lot, it shouldn't." Malcolm Gladwell explains why owning a basketball franchise has always been a bad business — and ought to stay that way

NBA takes legal action against locked-out players

"The NBA filed two claims against the NBAPA on Tuesday— an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board and a lawsuit in federal district court in New York. The NBA accused the players of being uncooperative in negotiations toward a new collective bargaining agreement by making "more than two dozen" threats to dissolve their union and sue the league under antitrust laws to secure more favorable terms in a new CBA" The NBA’s lawsuit is essentially preventative legal medicine. It seeks a declaration from the court that the lockout does not violate antitrust laws, in case the union breaks up to file an antitrust lawsuit. It also cites legal backing for the lockout itself, invoking Depression-era legislation known as the Norris-LaGuardia Act designed to prevent court intervention in a labor dispute. Finally, the league’s lawsuit also makes an attempt to secure support for massive salary reform should the union dissolve. The NBA asked the court to declare that such a decertification would in turn void all existing player contracts because they’re guided by the union’s involvement in the old CBA. Without a union and a collective bargaining relationship, the league argued, the terms and conditions of those previously negotiated contracts would not apply.

end the lockout by de-certifying the players union?

Personally, I'm not putting much faith in negotiation at this point (maybe it will work in November, but right now, there is just zero conversation What do you folks think? Should the players de-certify and take the battle to court? Or stay on their current course? On thing in the article that I agree with strongly: it does not seem like the players union has much of a strategy at this point [why can't I block quote this?] "Essentially, it’s come down to this: Hunter is still selling diplomacy, but the agents want to commence fighting. No one expects the league to seriously negotiate issues until they fear the courts could rule against them. The owners want what they want – hard cap, rollback on salaries and guaranteed profits – and they aren’t interested in compromises. The longer the union waits to decertify and file an antitrust suit, the less chance there is of getting a reasonable agreement and saving the season. "Until now," one prominent agent told Yahoo! Sports, "the union’s strategy has been basically hoping [NBA commissioner] David Stern wakes up one morning in a good mood, and decides he wants to cut a fair deal for the players." The way the agents see it, Hunter can stay in an advisory role after decertification the way that DeMaurice Smith did with the NFL players union. But decertification does cut into his power, his influence and his role in the process. And that’s true for the executive board of the players association, including president Derek Fisher(notes). Sooner than later, powerbrokers Arn Tellem, Mark Bartelstein, Bill Duffy, Andy Miller and others want a stronger, more direct hand in the fight."

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