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Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Well, it isn’t like it really belongs in the latest sports headlines since we all saw this coming but technically it is news: the first two weeks of the NBA season have been cancelled, so we are likely looking at something more like a 65 game season at best. After meeting for nearly twelve hours over the weekend, there continues to be a massive divide between players and owners.

Current issues that were discussed without resolution include the luxury tax (owners want to quadruple it, players find this to be out of bounds) and the ability of teams to make exceptions such as re-signing their superstar players regardless of salary caps by doing so independently.

Says Union exec Billy Hunter, “[The owners] figure that once a player misses a check or two it’s all over. I’m saying … that would be a horrible mistake if they think that’s going to happen, because it’s not going to happen.” Players have been chiming in via Twitter to say both “let us play” and “we’re holding out” and there is absolutely no sign that anyone is thinking of caving yet.

The NBA’s Monday Deadline

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

If no deal is struck by Monday then the first two weeks of the NBA season games will be cancelled. While disappointing to fans, players have seen this coming, and not just as a result of the past week’s negotiations. For years now players have been told to expect this kind of difficulty in renegotiation, and it is playing out exactly as some expected that it would.

In this past round at the table players were unofficially offered a 50-50 split. Some saw this as an opportunity to step down. It was an opportunity they were not interested in taking. This past year the players received 57% and their new offer on the table is 53%, which they say will put $1 million back into the pockets of the owners.

Meanwhile, players continue to sign overseas contracts. There is a wide variety of players who are taking overseas deals. From rookies to first-year players to those with eight and ten years in the NBA, you’ll see all kinds. Some contracts have outs for the players returning should the lock-out end and others are signing this year away to a team whose season is guaranteed. You might have to catch a French, Italian, Chinese or Israeli game this year to keep up with players’ stats!

Keeping Up With the News

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Keeping up with the latest sports headlines means swallowing the bitter pill that the NBA season is now going to be affected by the lockout. Training camps have been canceled and the first week of pre-season games have been as well. In order to avoid canceling season games the two sides need to have reached an agreement within the next 2 1/2 weeks or so. Some have speculated that owners would be willing to lose some of the early season games as attendance tends to be low at the beginning of the season, while others argue that since game tickets will be refunded plus 1% interest for any game cancelled that the owners have plenty of reasons to come to the table in good faith of reaching an agreement sooner rather than later.

Of course, a lack of playing time hasn’t stopped players from getting into trouble. Marcus Camby was arrested on a marijuana charge (yes, again), Tate George is being charged with an Ponzi scheme and Kobe Bryant’s assault allegations are being renewed (at a church? Come on, now!). We really do need some actual 247 sports news about the NBA, you know, the kind with stats!

NBA News

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Kobe Bryant is still considering an overseas season while Dirk Nowitzki has decided to take a break after his time at the European Championships. Nowitzki has stated that the NBA lockout would have to carry over into November before he would start looking elsewhere for the coming season. In fact, Nowitzki is taken more than just a few months off. In past 24 hour sports news we learned that Germany failed to qualify for the Olympics and for those who were watching it didn’t look like Nowitzki was really at his best. Now Dirk says that while he isn’t leaving his national team for good that he will be taking two years off at the very least. Should Germany try again in 2015 for the Olympics it is likely that Dirk, at age 37, will be giving it one last go.

Meanwhile, after a meeting last week owners and players are looking to meet again this week. Last week’s meeting ended with some pessimism on both sides about their ability to reach an agreement, but in fact there were also reported successes in the negotiation. The economic end of the deal as recently presented by the players was acceptable to the owners, so at least there is that! They are still working on the system as well as a salary cap. It seems the players want a soft cap while the owners would prefer a hard cap. We can only hope that this week’s meetings will bring the two sides closer to an agreement.

NBA Owners and Players to Be Talking More

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

You don’t have to keep up with sports 24 7 to know that a full NBA season in 2011-2010 is only possible if the two sides come together on an agreement sometime soon. Both the players and the owners are acutely aware of this fact, and they are also aware that the effect will be further reaching than just owners and players, but the entire communities in which the teams operate. After a six hour meeting for only the second time since the lockout began on July 1, both sides seem to be presenting a united front to the outside world despite their differences. It would seem that the value of keeping the talks at the table has been recognized. Neither side cares to comment on their position, the opposing position, or how far they are from reaching an agreement. Considering that training camp would normally start on October 1st, that means a month remains for owners and players to find a peaceful accord or begin sacrificing some of the season. Their silence outside the negotiating room is likely a good sign for progress within the room, so stay tuned to the latest sports headlines for any further announcements.

The Big Twelve May Say Goodbye to Texas A&M

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Texas A&M has officially announced that they will be applying elsewhere and if accepted will leave the Big 12 as of July 2012. It has been known for some time to 247 sports fans that Texas A&M has been eying the SEC, so the news comes as no real surprise. Texas has been a part of the Big 12 since its founding back in 1996 and is seeking greater exposure for its athletes and more financial support for it’s program with the move. What happens next is still up in the air. On the one hand, the SEC has not confirmed receipt of an application and on the other hand both Nebraska and Colorado have recently left the Big 12. If Texas leaves that will drop the Big 12 down to nine teams; not exactly an even number and certainly smaller than desirable. The remaining Big 12 members will likely undertake a search for new members. As of yet the only school known to be interested is SMU, which has been making it’s way back up since a pay-to-play scandal in the 1980s. It is also possible the the SEC would seek out another team to even out their numbers if Texas A&M makes thirteen on their rooster. This would likely take place after the first year. Either way, it looks like there will be some restructuring in the future of college ball.

The NBA Scoop

Friday, August 5th, 2011

One thing is for sure and that is this: 24 hour sports fans were dismayed by a recent statement made by Billy Hunter, the Players Association executive director. Hunter recently shared that he believed the entire 2011-12 NBA season is likely to be canceled altogether due to an inability to negotiate. How certain is Hunter? Well, he did say that he would bet on it at an American Bar Association conference, so chances are he isn’t joking around. Apparently the players and the owners are around $800 million per year apart and so far no bargaining point has been found that can bridge the gap.

As recent sports 24 7 headlines have made clear, with the season in jeopardy more and more players are looking to the overseas market in the hopes of playing a full season this coming year. So far the Nets Deron Williams who is signed to Turkey is the only superstar player to sign a deal, but there are increasingly large numbers of players who are making that move. Some players plan to spend their entire season abroad while others, like Jon Leuer who is heading to Germany and and E’Twaun Moore who is heading to Italy, have opt-out clauses in their contracts that allows them to return to the NBA in the event that the lockout ends. Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki who is currently gearing up to play for Lithuania in the EuroBasket has stated that while he will look to play abroad in the event of a lockout, he isn’t even going to think about it until after he’s finished with the EuroBasket.

While We Wait: NBA News

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Might Kobe Bryant be following Williams over to Turkey to play? Representatives on both sides are in conversation about this very thing but no official offer has been made. If the sponsors came forward to make that happen, Kobe might just end up overseas. Turkey isn’t the only option, however. China might be a more lucrative option according to some sources; certainly they have a large market. The main concern being voiced by Lakers’ fans is that an overseas injury could shorten his NBA career.

Chris Quinn of the Spurrs has signed a million dollar contract to play for Russia in the coming year. Unlike some of the other contracts 24 hour sports fans have seen, Quinn’s contract doesn’t have an out, meaning that regardless of what happens with the NBA lockout, Quinn will play the full season in Russia. Having a sure thing is especially worthwhile for those like Quinn who haven’t been making off with millions per year in their NBA careers.

Reading the latest sports results will get you familiar with the names of the stars pretty quickly. Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan are three names that dominated the headlines in their day. These Hall of Famers will soon be gracing the front covers (three separate covers will be made, one for each) of NBA 2K12, the latest version of the best-selling video game. It has not yet been announced how each of these players will be incorporated into the game.

NBA News

Friday, July 15th, 2011

1. Yao Ming of the Houston Rockets is expected to retire, which could mean that the NBA’s recent Chinese market may be diminishing in the near future. Sports fans on Chinese websites certainly indicated that they would have much less interest in watching NBA games without Ming. Ming was the top overall pick in the 2002 draft and played an impressive first few years but has had numerous injuries which benched him more often than not the past two years. Perhaps the biggest legacy he leaves behind is the international interest he brought to NBA basketball.

2. Are more players looking at their options for playing abroad these days? Devon Williams of the New Jersey Nets is already planning to play in Turkey during the lockout, and while he plans to return to the NBA if the lockout is ended in a timely fashion he has told interviewers that he thinks playing abroad could be an appealing permanent shift for some players. Darius Songaila has also signed on with Turkey and Toronto Raiders Sonny Weems has signed up to play for a year with Zalgiris Kaunas of Lithuania to avoid potentially sitting out a year due to the NBA lockout. Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls will be playing for France in the upcoming European Championships and will be there for at least for two months.

3. Armen “The Hammer,” Gilliam died while playing a pick-up game of basketball in Pittsburg at the age of 47. Gilliam played thirteen seasons in the NBA. He played for the Phoenix Suns, the Charlotte Hornets, the Philadelphia 76ers, the New Jersey Nets, the Milwaukee Bucks and the Utah Jazz.

Basketball: At Least Somebody Gets to Play

Monday, July 4th, 2011

Here it is July, and what are we missing in the latest sports headlines? Well, basketball, and not because the playoffs are over and the drafts are complete and all the teams are tucked away in practice leaving us to contemplate the coming year’s season. It is July, and the free agency period did not come. Free agents may be the first casualty of the lockout, but Hall of Fame player Charles Barkely has stated that he does not believe there will be a season at all. Dreary, right?

Of course, not every player is sitting out the season. Here’s a unique story: those 247 sports fans who follow college basketball may remember Jon Scheyer. A former Duke Blue Devil, Sheyer led his team to a national championship in 2010 and received high praise from Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski who said that Scheyer was one of the best players he has ever coached. Notable, to say the least. Scheyer was passed over in the draft and later suffered an eye injury during the Miami Heat’s summer league. The story isn’t over for our former Blue Devil guard, however. Scheyer will not only be changing teams, he’ll be changing countries. Maccabi Tel Aviv is a team with five European championship titles who lost only a single game in their last season. While they do have a cap on the number of foreign players they can have on their team, Scheyer won’t count among them due to the fact that he qualifies for citizenship based on his religion. Those who have been following Scheyer’s progress as a player will now have to look for the latest sports results from the international playing field.