June 16, 2005 |
Billy Hunter, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, said yesterday that he would try to jump-start the stalled talks between the union and the NBA by contacting commissioner David Stern today. "I'm going to call David one more time between now and June 30," Hunter said in a news conference, referring to the expiration date of the collective-bargaining agreement between the teams and their players. Stern said Sunday that he anticipates a lockout beginning July 1, and that owners would remove their offer to the players from the table at that time.
June 28, 1998 |
As NBA commissioner David Stern looks out over Fifth Avenue, he can't help but hear the ominous rumblings coming from the Broadway office of Billy Hunter, the head of the players' union. Hunter's words have venom in them, and if, as expected, labor unrest comes to the NBA this week, Stern and the league will be up against a formidable adversary. Hunter has the backing of the players. He is used to competing on a larger stage, and he is not afraid of a fight. As a former district attorney in northern California, Hunter was a prosecutor in the Jim Jones case in the late 1970s, when a cult of 914 people died in the jungles of Guyana.
June 6, 2016 |
On a summer night in 1955, Carmine Calzonetti walked around the corner from his family's home on Washington Terrace in Audubon to the baseball field next to the basketball courts and across the street from the high school. He wanted to see this pitcher from Delaware Township Little League. "I knew his name," Calzonetti said. "He was in the paper all the time for throwing no-hitters. " The pitcher was Billy Hunter. Later that summer, he would lead Delaware Township, which soon would be renamed Cherry Hill, to the first of two consecutive appearances in the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. Flash forward 61 years.
November 14, 1998 |
After waiting two days for a phone call from Billy Hunter, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, the league received one yesterday. But the caller was not Hunter. The call came from Jeffrey Kessler, an attorney with the law firm Weil & Gotshal, which has been retained by the players' union for the lockout negotiations. On Wednesday, union members said Hunter would contact NBA officials to set up another meeting. But according to the league, Kessler called yesterday to inform the league that further negotiations would not take place until the union was presented with something worth discussing.
June 21, 2005 |
Lawyers for the NBA and its players union will meet today in New York as the two sides are on the verge of agreeing in principle to a 6-year collective bargaining agreement that could prevent a lockout, the New York Times News Service reported. Two people familiar with the negotiations, who requested anonymity because the details of the deal have not been finalized, said there were only a few remaining issues and that a deal could be wrapped up within the next 24 to 72 hours. Meanwhile, ESPN.
September 14, 2011 |
THE START of the NBA season was thrown into doubt yesterday after players and owners remained divided over the salary-cap structure at a key labor meeting. Tentative plans to talk again today were scrapped, and no further sessions were scheduled. Union executive director Billy Hunter said players were prepared to make a "significant" financial move, but found owners unwilling to budge off their positions. Commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver countered that the union insisted the current cap remain exactly as is before they would agree to any further discussions.
November 4, 2011 |
The NBA and the players union will return to the bargaining table Saturday. That meeting will be the first after more than a week layoff. Last Friday, after three days and more than 30 hours of negotiating, union chief Billy Hunter held firm that the union would not accept less than 52 percent of the split of basketball revenue. Hunter's resolve on that split ended a productive string of sessions. Many believed those meetings would be the final push in the two sides' agreeing upon the league's next collective bargaining agreement.
January 3, 1999 |
The agent for Grant Hill yesterday denied that the Detroit Pistons star was one of more than 20 NBA players who had sought the help of Isiah Thomas to force the leadership of the National Basketball Players Association to permit a vote on the owners' supposedly final collective-bargaining offer. "I spoke to Grant this morning," said agent Lon Babby, reached at his Maryland home. "He said he hasn't talked to Isiah in months, as I suspected he had not. If Grant has something to say, he says it directly to the union, to me or directly to Billy Hunter [the director of the union]
December 1, 1998 |
This was to have been the second 1998-99 payday for NBA players. The day Patrick Ewing, the president of the National Basketball Players Association, was to have received a check for $1.54 million, the second of 12 installments on his $18.5 million salary from the New York Knicks. As Ewing missed a check in the midst of the league-imposed lockout, former union president Isiah Thomas suggested replacing Ewing and union executive director Billy Hunter at the bargaining table as an option.
October 28, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Billy Hunter answered one last question Friday while gathering his bag and coat from the floor of an upscale Manhattan hotel. "Are there any circumstances under which the union would be willing to accept a split of 50-50?" Hunter, who had spent 30 hours in the last three days bargaining with the NBA on behalf of the league's locked-out players, answered quickly. "Not now," he said, and then he was gone. There's a lot of "not now" happening around the NBA. For instance, now that this round of labor negotiations has sputtered, the NBA will not play any games in November.