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October 7, 2014 Updates

Roberts made that prediction before the new TV deal was completed, but both sides have long known that the huge revenue spike was coming and that it would prompt a reassessment of the labor deal. Indeed, Roberts said, "The minute I was told I was selected to be the executive director (in July), I started preparing for the opt-out." Bleacher Report

Owners claiming losses in the next negotiations "will not fly with us," he said. The CBA expires after the 2020-21 season but either players or owners can opt out of the deal after 2016-17. "The owners were telling us they were losing money. There's no way they can sit in front of us and tell us that right now," James said. USA Today Sports

October 6, 2014 Updates

James is not the Cavaliers' representative to the players' union -- the responsibility belongs to James Jones -- though James acknowledged that he holds a great deal of power because of his star status. He is also close to Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, who is the players' union president. James denied that he and Paul were seeking to do away with maximum contracts – which place a limit on what every player can earn -- but he also suggested the players would seek to reap more of the benefits from the new TV deal. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marc Stein: Early projections have NBA teams getting a rising range of roughly $70 mil annually to $100 mil annually over the course of the new TV deal. In last two years of current contract, NBA teams on course to receive annual payments in $35 million range from league's national TV deal Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Ohm Youngmisuk: Carmelo congratulates Adam Silver on new TV deal. Says he never thought about re-signing to a 2-year deal with potential new TV deal Twitter @NotoriousOHM

As NBA teams use increased technology to track players on and off the court, the players' union wants to ensure that privacy is still being protected. Franchises have been scrutinizing player movement on the court since the 2012-13 season, but data collection has also recently extended beyond the hardwood. Various teams have begun experimenting with sleep trackers, off-court movement monitors and fluid tests -- including blood and sweat -- in order in order improve player health and performance. ESPN.com

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