May
30

Guest Opinion By Brian Crowell

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Title: The Crisis of the NBAPA; Is Adam Silver Poised to Take The NBAPA’s Lunch?

 

By Brian Crowell; Member NEA and AFT Teachers Union

 

Much praise was given to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in wake of the Donald Sterling Controversy. Silver gave an almost “Baptist church” like speech shouting out NBA names such as “Sweet Water Clifton” and “Magic Johnson” to try to win over consent of a mostly black NBA League. Sure Adam, I heard the salient points but “Sweet Water Clifton” is a bit much. I think you were more concerned that players would boycott the playoff game and still be allowed their full paychecks under Title 7 Protection.

 

After all Donald Sterling essentially said he didn’t want certain African Americans at his games, which to me a historian sounds like blacks not allowed to sit in lunch counters, or ride in the front of the bus. 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, nothing has changed for rank and file African Americans if anything, things have become worse. Just look at the Unemployment and Incarceration numbers for blacks and the concept paints a bleak picture. No, the Crisis is in the NBAPA goes much deeper into what Silver didn’t say, and what he wants in the upcoming CBA if either side opts out of the deal.

 

Lets begin with issue number 1. Salary Cap. Yes Adam Silver wants a “hard cap” on player salaries limiting the amount players can earn for their labor in the NBA. In a capitalist system it sounds like sacrilege for Silver to suggest such a thing. If Robert Downey Jr. Can earn up to $50 million dollars for “The Avengers” then why can’t Lebron James Earn $40 Million for an entire NBA Season? (Don’t get me wrong I love Iron Man, but Lebron gets me off my couch with his nasty 1 hand tomahawk dunks). Baseball does just find without a salary cap, and there’s no evidence to suggest that a salary cap increases “competition” between the teams. (See footnotes). In professional sports its a known fact that whoever gets the best players, coaches, training staff and management will win an abundance of the glory. The conservative Supreme Court would never suggest limiting profits for Microsoft or Google, I doubt they would decide to do so to limit NBA Player Salaries. Isn’t price manipulation “illegal” under Anti Trust Law? ( See Footnotes). No, Silver’s assertion to impose a hard cap is the same economic racism we see in the NFL and frankly the players should take a stand now and stop it. When is the last time a fan bought a ticket to see Donald Sterling shoot a 3 pointer?

 

To continue on issue number 2. Age minimum for NBA Players. Let me be clear some of the best NBA Players never went to college. Let’s name a few Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant. That’s a pretty awesome list. So what’s behind this policy? Well that’s obvious; Silver is trying to give a bone to his friends at the NCAA so they can lock in their players at slave non wages for an extra year. (Full disclosure my wife is white I have nothing against any culture or creed), however to ignore the fact that black athletes create enormous wealth for Universities (who are majority white) would be naive, dishonest and obtuse. It must be said: black athletes create billions of dollars for college and universities. In the context of the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit for players to be compensated for their likeness I hope this concept hits home for NBA Players.

 

For Silver to take away a players right to earn a living, to secure a few more billions for his friends at the NCAA is not only exploitation I could also call it something else. Hey Adam what happened to “Sweet Water Clifton” and “Magic Johnson”? I guess that only applies when players are starting to recognize their own power and boycott games under Title 7 Protection. Message to Chris Paul: Wake up Chris players need to start saving their money now and get ready for the impending labor fight which could come as early as 2016.

 

Issue number 3. The union itself. One could ask how does ownership get away with all of these anti player and anti labor policies? Well that answer is rooted in the structure of the union itself. For readers who don’t know if you’re in a union, management is exempt from all Anti Trust Law. This is why the NFL and NBA had to decertify and become a “trade association” so they could get possible relief in the courts. The question should be asked in the context of the NBA Owners licking their chops to take more of the player’s lunch: should the NBAPA decertify and become a permanent NBA Trade Association. After all their trade is basketball and as an association they could get relief in the courts that they can’t currently get in collectively bargained contracts. (I am a member of 2 unions and have served as a rep, but this concept needs to be explored further).

 

Issue number 4. Leadership. It’s no accident that the players can’t find a new Executive Director to represent them. Kevin Johnson is serving as a stand in but something tells me that KJ wants to be Chair of the DNC or Governor of California. The NBA Players need someone skilled in Federal Anti Trust Litigation. The reason the owners can impose conditions on players who generate all the money is because the owners can skirt the anti trust issue, while claiming they are bargaining in good faith. Its a bait and switch tactic unfortunately the players seem to keep falling for it. Wake up players, go back and talk to Oscar Robinson and Bill Russell. Become more socially conscious. If any player saw how Coach Mark Jackson was treated the message is clear. Players are expendable commodities. Lacob basically told Stephen Curry “I don’t care what you think boy” you belong to me until your contract is up. The Plantation is still alive and well not only in rank and file jobs in America, but also in the NBA. Will the players learn anything from the lockout and stop being exploited? Only time will tell.

 

Footnotes:

http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2014/5/23/5744512/nba-draft-age-minimum-players-union-rookie-contracts

http://mweb.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24350073/no-baseball-still-doesnt-need-a-salary-cap

papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2437445

http://screenrant.com/robert-downey-jr-avengers-salary-50-million-niall-172173/

 

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23

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Apr
21

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Apr
21

Last Comic Standing

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America’s most compelling comedy competition is back May 22 when NBC’s Emmy Award-nominated series “Last Comic Standing” returns starring three new celebrity judges – comedy icons Roseanne Barr (“Roseanne,” “The Office”) and Keenen Ivory Wayans (“Scary Movie,” “In Living Color”), as well as international comic sensation Russell Peters (“Comics Without Borders,” “Russell Peters Presents”). JB Smoove (“Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “The Millers”) is on board as the new host.

The lively laugh fest resumes its search for the funniest comic in the country with innovative format changes, surprise celebrity guests and unexpected twists guaranteed to deliver the funniest season yet. Season 8 will open up with auditions, this time by invitation only.

The top 100 comics in America will compete for the top 20 spots. These 20 comics will compete in a semifinal round, and as the best of the best will emerge, the top 10 move into the compelling challenge rounds. In this phase, they will compete in different comedy disciplines – sketch, improv and stand-up – to prove themselves individually and in teams. Then the funniest of all will take the coveted title of “Last Comic Standing,” winning a prize package that includes an NBC talent deal and a half-hour scripted project to be developed by Universal Television.

Emmy Award winner Wanda Sykes (“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm”) and Page Hurwitz (“Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious,” “Last Comic Standing”), producing partners at Push It Productions, will executive produce the season’s 13 one-hour episodes along with Javier Winnik (“Last Comic Standing,” “The Marriage Ref”). “Last Comic Standing” is produced by Universal Television and Push It Productions.

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Apr
21

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Judge – Russell Peters

Judge – Roseanne Barr

Host   –  JB Smoove

Judge – Keenen Ivory Wayans

Apr
21

Roseanne Barr to Host New Series on Extreme Helicopter Moms

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From New York Post

Roseanne Barr wants everyone to listen up.

The outspoken comedian — known for voicing her opinion on topics from George Zimmerman to Kim Kardashian’s latest selfie — will now take on motherhood as host of a new Investigation Discovery series “Momsters: When Moms Go Bad.”

The show spotlights stories of mothers who will do anything in order for their children to succeed — from the soccer mom who stalks, threatens and attacks her son’s coach to the theater mom who takes auditions into her own hands.

Tabloid news stories like the “Texas Cheerleader Mom” Wanda Holloway — who attempted to hire a hitman to kill the mother of her daughter’s junior high school cheerleading rival — will be recounted in the typical ID style through re-enactments, with Barr offering her commentary.

Though still in pre-production, the plan is to premiere the half-hour “Momsters” episodes later this year.

Barr was already a huge fan of the network (favorites shows include the Jerry Springer-hosted “Tabloid,” “Wives With Knives” and “Who the Bleep Did I Marry”) and says the “Momsters” topic is right up her alley because it allows her to take bad moms to task — which she already does without the forum of a TV show.

“I like to correct people when I don’t think they’re doing good mother things in public,” Barr tells The Post, recounting how she chastised a woman in the park on Tuesday who was pushing a kid in a stroller who had bare feet in 40-degree weather.

“It’s weird what people do and how everyone ignores it,” she says. “So this [show] is like let’s not ignore this for a while.”

Before “Momsters,” Barr will next be seen in the PBS series “Pioneers of Television” on April 15, talking about her journey from stand-up to the groundbreaking sitcom “Roseanne,” which she says is even more influential now because a second life in syndication has brought it a new generation of fans.

She’s also been cast as a judge — alongside Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters — in NBC’s revival of “Last Comic Standing,” premiering May 22 with host JB Smoove. The job’s few weeks of shooting was perfect for balancing her life in Hawaii, while getting Barr back to her comedic roots.

“I’m a stand-up comic — [I] just [wanted] to get back around that and see what new comics are doing so I can steal their material,” she deadpans.

As for what the comedians and viewers can expect from her judging style?

“Losing my temper and swearing at people occasionally because they think they’re smarter than me. That makes me mad,” she says. “That’s the same thing on the ID channel, too. Who do these people think they’re kidding? They should all be listening to me more, in my opinion.”

Apr
21

Roseanne’s Lookin Good

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From The National Enquirer April 28, 2014 by Alan Smith

Roseanne’s dramatic weight loss was the talk of an April 8 press event in Pasadena, Calif. She helped promote NBC’s new version of “Last Comic Standing,” which returns May 22 and features her as a judge.

Roseanne’s face was chiseled “and even her collarbone was visible beneath the layers of long necklaces as she posed for pictures,” said the source.

Jaws dropped as she proudly paraded her trim figure in a flat­tering outfit. “Her heavy days are behind her,” said the source. “And she wants to come down even more.”

Apr
17

Roseanne Looks Great

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