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Will The Players/Owners Meet Again?

from ESPN.com news services,

Two weeks ago, progress was made during several consecutive days of negotiations between players and owners in New York. The sides disagree on how close they might have moved toward a deal, but a major breakdown at the end wrecked any hope for a fast solution.

Six owners joined about 18 players in talks without commissioner Gary Bettman and executive director Donald Fehr in the room until the end of that process. Hainsey, who is in the final season of a five-year deal he signed with the former Atlanta Thrashers, is all for trying that again.

"Both (sides) were very respectful of each other," he said. "They were good meetings, they were productive, we did make progress. We were very appreciative of the way we were treated in the meetings by the owners. ... Maybe it's something that is worth revisiting and worthwhile and could possibly bring us closer to a deal."

Also in favor for trying that again Pat Brisson, agent of superstars Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews. Brisson has been working the phones behind the scenes to find solutions and possibly reconvene many of parties involved in those New York negotiations, this time including the leaders of each side.

"We should focus into having one more solid meeting with both Gary and Don in the meetings and perhaps the same owners and players who were there a couple weeks ago. That's when we got closer to the deal," Brisson told ESPN. "Time has passed and we've had time to think and cooler heads have prevailed. It's time to just focus there and get this CBA done. That's exactly where we're at."


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I’m a little surprised I haven’t heard more from the player agents in this.  In the NBA they carried almost more weight than the PA did and were very active.  In the NFL they were somewhat less so, but the season was never in any real doubt.  In MLB nobody cares.

Although, given the depth of emotion on the player side with regards to Bettman, I can imagine an agent would be incredibly worried about seeming too sympathetic to a guy his client reviles.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 12/18/12 at 08:26 PM ET

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It’s really not that hard to figure out why the agents would matter more in the NBA.

1.  Individual players matter more to the outcome of the game.  A superstar is on the court more (Even a “big” plays 30+ minutes a night in a playoff game, which would be like playing 37.5 minutes of a game in hockey.  Guards and forwards often play 38+) and a basketball player has a much larger ability to affect the outcome of a game.  Lebron James guarantees you a playoff team, potentially even a finals birth, regardless of who he plays with (2006 Cavaliers).  Put Sidney Crosby on the Islanders in place of Tavares last year and they probably aren’t a contender.
2.  Individual players matter more to the salary structure of a team.  A single basketball player accounts for a higher percentage of his team’s salary cap.  Kobe Bryant (highest salary in the league at 27.8 million yearly) takes up 27% of his team’s salary (100 million).  Dirk Nowitski (third highest at 20.9 million) makes up 31% of his team’s 67M.  Kevin Love (unhappy with his recent contract paying him 13.7M) makes 20% of his team’s 65M.  Alexander Ovechkin’s 9.5M Cap hit is ~15% of his team’s cap number (63.6).

The above is all basically to explain the last, most important point:

3.  There are only a handful of NBA agents that matter.  Take a look at the numbers:  (http://hoopshype.com/agents.htm).  The top 7 agents control 42% of the money in the NBA, 36% of the players, 52% of the all-stars and 65% of the max contracts in the NBA, and that’s the atmosphere after Lebron James made what was considered to be a game-changing move by going away from a big agent to use his childhood friend (#23, Rich Paul) instead.

Arn Tellem, Jeff Schwartz and Rob Pelinka probably matter more to the NBA than David Stern.  It’s insane.

As a sidenote, I couldn’t really find a very good listing of hockey agents (not that i looked all that hard, to be honest) but I found the guy chosen for the banner picture at http://www.nhlpa.com/inside-nhlpa/certified-player-agents to be very funny.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 12/18/12 at 11:17 PM ET

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