Aug. 4, 2011
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This is partially a negotiating tactic. It is part scare tactic.
But it works. Its scary.
Speaking at a legal seminar on Wednesday, NBA players union executive director Billy Hunter said if he had to bet on it, hes bet the entire 2011-12 season will be lost due to the lockout, according to the Baltimore Sun. He said currently the two sides are about 800 million per season apart in their proposals.
The circumstances have changed among (David Sterns) constituency, said Hunter, the executive director since 1996. In the last six or seven years, there is a new group of owners to come in who paid a premium for their franchises, and what theyre doing is kind of holding his feet to the fire.Because negotiators are dug in, Hunter said, something has to happen that both of us can use as leverage to save face.Asked by a conference attendee whether there would be a 2011-12 season, he replied: If I had to bet on it at this moment, I would probably say no.
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