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NBA Owners' CBA Proposal Seeks Cuts From Rookies To Superstars
Published February 12, 2010
|Even James Would Take Pay
Cut Under Owners' Proposal
DEAL IS PRIORITY: NBA Commissioner David Stern said a work stoppage "doesn't benefit anybody." Stern: "Our job is to make sure that we have a successor agreement and we have plenty of time to do that. ... I don't feel good or bad. This is business as usual. We have a deal to make and we have to work on it." Stern said of the difference between the current situation in the league and the last lockout in '99, "We have 10 years of numbers to sort of confirm to us that we need to have a system that can be better sustained for the business of our league, that can continue to reward our players for their extraordinary talent but can also be a model for causing our owners to make the kinds of investments that are necessary to grow our sport." Meanwhile, Stern added NBA officials "don't have any plans for contraction" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 2/12). Jazz G and player rep Ronnie Price said of labor talks, "You never know because there's two sides that are going to fight extremely hard for what they want. Of course, there's going to have to be a middle as far as what we agree on and what the NBA agrees on and everybody else agrees on. The biggest thing is that no one wants the game to be hurt because of this. I'm pretty sure we're going to work everything out" (SALT LAKE TRIBUNE, 2/12).
GREAT ESCAPE? SI.com's Michael Rosenberg noted both the NBA and NFL "might shut down in 2011," and the "ramifications of this are staggering." A sports recession -- "like sports heartbreak or sports celebration or sports anything, really -- is a cartoon version of the real thing." But the "shrinking sports economy just adds to recession depression." Sports are "supposed to be the place we go to get away," and it is a "shame that our economic problems follow us there" (SI.com, 2/11).