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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — The NBA players have rejected the league’s latest offer and are beginning the process to disband the union.
The decision likely jeopardizes the season.

The league had offered the players a 50-50 split on revenue.

Commissioner David Stern urged the players to accept the offer, saying it was the best the league could do.

The union called the proposal extremely unfair and union president and LA Laker Derek Fisher said the best decision for the players was to reject it.

“This is not a strike. We’ve continued to want to go to work, want to get back to work, want to negotiate . . . but that process has broken down,” Fisher said at a news conference Monday.

Union executive director Billy Hunter says the players’ association is prepared to file antitrust action against the NBA. He says this is the best situation so “players can get their due process.”

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Comments (20)
  1. Danielle Blows says:


  2. dc says:

    Greed…greed both parties are guilty of it. Hey folks there are a lot of people out of jobs and the millionaires still want more, more, more!!!

  3. Matt Anderson says:

    Was that english? I mean all the words are in english, but a complete idea or sentence didn’t exist in the whole post…. Why America? Why?

  4. Teresa Alvie says:

    Ruined economy and now one ruined union . What’s next ! Free Labor ? !!

  5. Robert Gallaher says:

    A year without the NBA ?

    1. Ron says:

      I have enjoyed NBA, NFL and MLB games, but now I am FED UP with the GREEDY/SPOILED professional athletes and ANYTHING UNION (especially, in this DOWN economy, with SO MANY people SUFFERING). Any threats or strikes, I will STOP watching or going to any games.

      VOTE with your wallet and show them who really PAYS their INFLATED salaries !!!!

  6. rankin1 says:

    no money , no moe white women, even 80+ year old Jerry Buss ain’t gona have all that $ for them 20 year old girls.

  7. Shoe says:

    BFD It’s the same ol teams every year anyway.
    I say let ’em walk.

  8. Sports Illustrated says:

    Good , glad there is no season let the owners and players rot.

    Watch more Hockey

  9. JimVG says:

    If there were no NBA, the US would have the worlds tallest janitors

    1. broke says:

      Hahahaahhaaha…dude…good one!

  10. ES says:

    I wonder if they’re negotiating lower ticket, beer and parking prices?

  11. Doug says:

    Pro sports are part of the greed in this country.

  12. Nothing bu Air says:

    Looks like Hockey will be all alone from Jan -Apr of next year. The NBA got a Slap-Shot!

  13. uhoh says:

    That sucks. I really enjoy going to the Clipper games. They are more fun than the Lakers game.

    1. Ron says:

      uhoh, you CAN still go and you won’t notice anything different, same size crowd and same results, no Clipper’s win.

  14. Luis says:

    This is the most head scratching stunt I have seen a players union ever pull. They’re going to effectively eliminate all the rights they’ve earned over the years to decertify and dsiband, then hope they can win a lawsuit? Then once that fails, and they’ve wasted time, in which they will not be getting paid, they’ll be forced to agree to a new deal with the league as a new union? Start all over again from scratch?

  15. ginny says:

    Greed pure and simple. Players with inflated salaris and inflated ego’s. Spend 2 years in negotiations and still not happy. I could care less if the season if lost. As far as I’m concerned, if all of these preofssional athletes are really worth what they are paid then they would never miss a shot, a field goal, a touchdown or atleast a base hit. That’s note what I’m seeing thes days.

    1. ginny says:

      Sorry for my typos.

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