So this infographic is about BASKETBALL. In case you couldn’t tell by the title. It’s a play by play overview of the NBA Lockout. For those who don’t know what “NBA Lockout” means, I’ll tell you. A “lockout” is where employees are stopped from doing their jobs by employers. Kind of the opposite of a strike, where employees stop working to protest or change something. This infographic will talk about the lockout that is occurring in the NBA 2011 off-season.
June 21, 2005
Apparently it goes as far back as 2005, when a new 6-year Collective Bargaining Agreement was reached between the NBA and the Players Union. A luxury tax went into effect for every season, and the age minimum changed to 19 years with American players needing to have had at least one year of college. More changes happened in June of 2005, including a reduction in maximum contracts – 7 years max if you’re re-signing with your current team, 6 years max if you’re signing with a new team. Additionally, first-round draft pick contracts changed to 2 years guaranteed (with 3rd and 4th year team options).
The infographic is broken up with a little cartoon figure of Billy Hunter, and a quote that says “We will do everything possible to reach a deal.” Did he say that in 2005, 2009 (the next bit of information), or this year? It’s unclear. If one does not watch SportsCenter or keep up with basketball news, one might not know when Mr. Hunter uttered this quote. To clarify, Hunter said this in 2009, which is coincidentally the next era of information given.
February 15, 2009, David Stern (NBA commissioner) and Billy Hunter (aforementioned quote source and Players Union exec) started talking about reopening negotiations for the 2001 Collective Bargaining Agreement (they are 6-year agreements, and the last one was agreed upon in 2005).
In August, NBA officials refused to extend the previous CBA into the 2011-2012 season.
In December at the All-star weekend in Dallas, discussions about the new CBA began.
Early in 2010 (January 29th, to be exact) saw the NBA and the NBA owners send their first proposal to the Players Union. This proposal suggested a 4 year maximum to contracts and introducing a “hard” salary cap to players.
On February 14th, the Players Union rejected the proposal. Happy Valentine’s Day.
By July, the Players Union counters with the condition that they keep the “soft” cap for salaries that is already in place, and that the luxury tax stay. The Union also seeks to improve profit sharing inside the teams. It’s a little confusion, because they skip from February to July back to February again, but we learn that on Feb. 14 the NBA Players Union, using the mouthpiece of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, and Dwayne Wade, issue a statement, which is quoted in the infographic.
On October 21st, Stern stated that the NBA wants to slash the player salaries to mitigate the losses of $400 million that is the projected loss. On October 22, the Players Union president reacted to Stern’s statement, saying that the players “have the responsibility to protect as many jobs as they can” and that they are willing to work toward a solution.
During the All-Star break in LA, the NBA and Players Union met. The NBA issued a proposal, and The Union filed a lawsuit to prevent a lockout. The same day (January 20th), the NBA announced it would lock out the players. On July 13, the Union sent a memo to all players that supported the NBA players playing ball for other countries.
July 16 Deron Williams signed on with a Turkish team, with a clause to come back to the NBA when the lockout ends. China issued a statement in August saying they’d only accept free-agents, and that the players must stay for the full season. Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets signed on with a Chinese team the same day.
At the end of August, the Players Union and the NBA announced to the public that all discussions would be private. On September 7 the Players Union and the NBA held a 6 hour meeting, and on Sept. 12 Michael Jordan was fined $100,000 for making a statement about the NBA lockout, saying the model was “broken.”
As of mid-September no agreement had been reached, and all training camps and preseason games for October 9-15 were cancelled. By the end of September, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kobe Bryant were called in to meet with the NBA. The day after, Kobe Bryant allegedly agreed to a 10-game contract with an Italian team.
More tension arose on September 29th when Paul Pierce, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade met with the NBA, with no resolution.
As of October 10, 2011, no agreements were met and the first 2 weeks of the regular NBA season have been cancelled.
The cartoon pictures of the people were odd, but well-rendered, and the use of the basketball court as the background was interesting.
The path through the timeline of the lockout was good, except for that one descrpeancy I pointed out earlier. The quotes should have been dated, as well as cited.