January 7, 2013 |
After a long, overnight negotiating session lasting nearly 16 hours - or roughly the time it takes the Eagles and Chip Kelly to go from calamari to cheesecake - the National Hockey League and its players emerged from a New York hotel room early Sunday morning with a new collective bargaining agreement. There are three ways to look at this news, which was delivered in the wee hours by commissioner Gary Bettman and union boss Donald Fehr to a small contingent of unwashed reporters, five guys listening on radio in Canada, and exactly no one else.
October 2, 1995 |
Fred Slaughter thought he was just beginning to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement for the NBA's staff of 58 referees. He didn't anticipate what he terms a "take it or we'll lock you out" offer. But that's what the attorney for the National Association of Basketball Referees says he received last Thursday. And that is why the league imposed a lockout yesterday and began its annual training camp for officials with more than 40 replacements. Slaughter believes the replacements would work in two-man crews, rather than the usual three.
September 9, 1995 |
When the ballots are counted Tuesday in New York to determine whether NBA players want to decertify their union, there will be at least one fewer vote than anticipated. That is because Golden State's Rony Seikaly could not make last-minute flight connections that would have sent him from his native Beirut, Lebanon, through London to New York in time to vote Thursday afternoon. "He called to say that he had arrived at the airport in Beirut only to find that the flight had been oversold," said Steve Kauffman, Seikaly's agent.
September 27, 1994 |
A lockout of NBA players by the league's owners on or about Thanksgiving? In a pro sports world living uncomfortably with a major league baseball strike and the threat of a lockout in the NHL, what's one more dark, foreboding rumor in one more sport? Sorry, but even though no one professes to know the exact source, the dreaded specter of a lockout has begun to surface in pro basketball as well. And that's in a league that has never experienced a work stoppage, that three times has begun seasons without a collective-bargaining agreement with its players.
September 18, 2009 |
The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees union said a lockout appears "imminent and unavoidable" following the latest breakdown in talks. Lamell McMorris said the officials made another $1 million in concessions in a proposal yesterday, but believes it's evident the league is not interested in further discussions. The officials then headed home after spending the last 24 hours meeting in Chicago. The contract between the NBA and its officials expired Sept. 1 and the sides have been trying to reach a new, 2-year deal.
December 20, 1994 |
The Chicago Blackhawks were sued yesterday by a season ticketholder who claims the team violated the Consumer Fraud Act by failing to give full refunds to fans after the NHL lockout. Darryl Taggart claims that at the time the Blackhawks were selling season tickets, team officials knew reaching a collective bargaining agreement with players was unlikely. The lawsuit, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, contends the Blackhawks have not refunded the $1,000 premium paid by season ticketholders in the "club section.
March 19, 2004 |
With talk of a possible lockout that could substantially curtail or even cancel next season, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes a work stoppage can be avoided. Bettman, speaking with reporters before the Rangers played the Capitals in Washington last night, said the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement on Sept. 15 gives the league and union an opportunity to fix the sport's problems. "I view September 2004 as an opportunity to go forward," Bettman said. "I'm optimistic.
July 21, 1998 |
Guess who's coming to breakfast? The answer is Billy Hunter, the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. Hunter is scheduled to meet this morning with NBA commissioner David Stern to see whether they can make any headway in ending the work stoppage that has been in effect since July 1. When the most recent collective bargaining agreement expired June 30, the owners locked out the players. "I'm prepared to sit down and engage in compromise negotiations," said Hunter, who spoke with Stern last Thursday to arrange the meeting.
July 10, 1996 |
The NBA imposed a lockout that lasted slightly longer than 2 1/2 hours. The 76ers, on the other hand, couldn't keep Jerry Stackhouse out of the gym. All 29 NBA teams can go back in the gym today while a moratorium extended until 5 p.m. tomorrow on personnel moves allows time to finalize adjustments on a collective bargaining agreement. Yesterday's lockout went into effect after an all-night bargaining session in which the union waited until just before dawn to ask for an additional $50 million in profit-sharing revenue from the league's television contracts.
March 11, 1990 |
Baseball's lockout enters Day 25 today, with no end in sight. With that in mind, we've asked - and answered - 10 questions about the negotiations and what the lockout will mean to fans. Question - Why is the issue of eligibility for arbitration after two or three years so important? Answer - A lot of history and bad blood are rooted in this issue. For more than a decade, players had the right to take their salary disputes to arbitration after completing two years in the majors.