HoopsHype Ron Klempner rumors
An 18-month payment schedule would allow a player to continue receiving paychecks through the 2017-18 season, even if games aren’t played because of a work stoppage, according to an e-mail sent to players and agents by acting union Executive Director Ron Klempner, a copy of which was obtained by Bloomberg News. “As we have learned in the past, the owners have made provisions with the TV networks to continue to receive rights fees throughout a work stoppage, and there is no reason the players should not make every effort to take the same precaution,” the e-mail said. The e-mail suggests players use the 18-month provision in any multiyear contract, though it highlights the 2016-17 season. Bloomberg
Klempner in a telephone interview said the agents are “very receptive” to the idea. “Every chance the owners have had they’ve opted out of an agreement,” Klempner said. “We can’t control what they’re going to do. All we’re going to do is prepare ourselves.” Bloomberg
Specifically, the letter – which was written by interim executive director Ron Klempner – advised players who are free agents to use a provision which allows them to be paid over 18 months instead of 12 during the course of a season. The provision was negotiated into the current collective bargaining agreement during the negotiations that ended the 2011 lockout. USA Today Sports
NBPA acting executive director Ron Klempner, however, wasn't satisfied with how the situation was handled, via Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick: Text from Ron Klempner, acting exec director of @TheNBPA: The playing conditions for tonight's game were completely unacceptable from the opening tip. In a situation like this, there needs to be more open communication before a decision is made that could potentially place players at risk. CBSSports.com
Still, it’s not all sunshine from Silver. “I’m looking at Jeff Kessler. And Ron [Klempner],” he said of the NBA players union legal counsel and interim executive director—both seated in the front row at Tuesday’s event—when discussing the prospect of HGH testing in the NBA. BusinessWeek.com
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