January 8, 2013 |
The NHL appears headed toward a 48-game season for the second time in two decades. "I think 48 is most likely at this point, unless the players can expedite their ratification process," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote in an e-mail Monday. The NHL shortened its 82-game slate to 48 games for the 1994-95 season after a 103-day lockout. A 301-day lockout in 2004-05 made the NHL the first major North American professional sports league to lose an entire season. When the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement was agreed to Sunday morning - after 16 hours of negotiations - there was some talk of having a 50-game season start later this month.
December 23, 2012 |
As expected, the NHL Players' Association voted overwhelmingly in favor of asking its executive board to file a "disclaimer of interest," a move that would enable it to disband the union and to file an antitrust lawsuit that claims the league's lockout is illegal. The players' executive board has until Jan. 2 to file the claim. Maybe it will be filed. Or maybe the vote, which ended Friday with players approving by 706-22, was just an attempt to back the NHL into a negotiating corner.
December 15, 2012 |
The NHL labor dispute took a new twist Friday as the league made a preemptive legal strike, trying to stop the players from dissolving their union. The league filed a class-action suit, asking a federal judge in New York to rule on the legality of the lockout, which reached its 90th day. The NHL also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. In a statement released Friday night, an NHLPA spokesman said "based on what we've learned so far, the NHL appears to be arguing the players should be stopped from even considering their right to decide whether or not to be represented by a union.
October 24, 2012 |
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Starting Wednesday it will be Training Camp, Part 2, for the 76ers. Part 1 included the team holding about 10 practices, collectively finding their legs, familiarizing themselves with one another and somewhat getting ready for the preseason. That preseason, which heaved seven games in 12 days onto the team, ended Monday at the Carrier Dome with a 98-90 win over the New York Knicks and a 6-1 record. Now comes the favorite part of coaching for Doug Collins - getting in the gym with his team.
June 12, 2012 |
Several weeks before this season even started, Miami's LeBron James and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant were competing against each other. Hell Week, they called it, a four-day series of grueling workouts. Starting Tuesday, they'll meet again. They'll call that the NBA Finals. Neither was playing at the level that they are now when James invited Durant to work out with him during the NBA lockout in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. Now as James tries to win his first ring, fittingly, Durant is in his way. "It's only right.
April 26, 2012
IT WAS like the Mayan calendar. The NBA knew exactly by what date it had to settle its differences with its players or face Armageddon for the 2011-12 season. That's why after weeks of no-contact between the two sides, a hastily called meeting in late November accomplished in 48 hours what couldn't be done in the previous 5 months. It wasn't a coincidence that the tentative agreement that effectively ended the NBA lockout was reached on Nov. 26, 2011. That left just enough time to get things in enough order to have the opening tipoff on Christmas Day. That timeline was the drop-dead date for resuscitation.
March 28, 2012 |
FORMER NBA star Dennis Rodman is behind on spousal and child support payments because he is "sick" and "broke," according to court documents. Rodman, who appeared in an Orange County, Calif., courtroom Tuesday, faces up to 20 days in jail. He was ordered to return to court on May 29. The 51-year-old Rodman allegedly owes $808,935 in back child support for the 9- and 10-year-old children he had with third wife, Michelle, said her attorney, Jack Kayajanian, in court documents.
March 20, 2012 |
The professional team sports jersey in America is a holdout against advertising - how much longer will that last? At the NBA board of governors meeting in April, owners are expected to discuss breaking down the barrier. "It's more exploratory than - boom - we're flipping the switch," said NBA spokesman Michael Bass. "It's been a subject of ongoing conversation with our teams. " America's big four professional team sports - football, baseball, basketball and hockey - have let advertisers and sponsors put names on almost everything: stadiums, outfield walls, halftime shows, dollar dog night.
February 25, 2012
1. Who ya like? The opinions on college basketball's 2011-12 national player of the year seem to be narrowing toward two players - junior forward Thomas Robinson of Kansas and freshman center Anthony Davis of Kentucky. The 6-foot-9 Robinson is second in the nation in rebounding (11.9 per game) and in double-doubles (19) while averaging 17.4 points. The 6-10 Davis is not a pure scorer but gets notice with his defense, leading the nation in blocked shots (4.8). He also averages 9.8 rebounds and shoots 64.6 percent from the field.
February 16, 2012
IN MY Small opinion, former NBA star and budding TV analyst Shaquille O'Neal might have simply used the wrong word. After all, "travesty" and "tragedy" do sound a lot alike. I can see how someone could easily say one while meaning the other. So if Shaq meant to say on a conference call this week that it would be a "tragedy" if Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard did indeed leave the city for a brighter NBA spotlight, that's fine. He's entitled to his opinion.