Michele Roberts Rumors
According to N.B.A. people familiar with negotiations designed to avert a rancorous opt-out of the current deal next summer by owners or players, management and labor have mutual interest in raising D-League standards — but, not surprisingly, with different goals in mind. Commissioner Adam Silver is known to want the N.B.A. age limit extended to two years after high school, perhaps in exchange for increased D-League pay. Michele Roberts, the National Basketball Players Association’s executive director — while observing a moratorium on public comment during negotiations — has previously described herself as a firm opponent of any age restrictions.
Marc J. Spears: NBPA statement on passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. NBPA STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF BRYCE DEJEAN-JONES: National Basketball Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts released the following statement on the passing of New Orleans Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones: “The National Basketball Players Association and its entire membership mourn the loss of Bryce Dejean-Jones. Bryce’s dedication and hard work on his journey to the NBA will forever serve as an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bryce’s family, friends, his teammates, the entire New Orleans Pelican organization and his fans throughout the world during this difficult time.” https://t.co/VnISXroYBz
The owners and players’ union have also agreed to shorten the free agent moratorium, i.e. the “DeAndre Jordan Rule” from 10 days to five. Jordan infamously committed to signing with the Mavericks last summer before deciding to return to the Clippers during the 10-day window. “I think that is an indication of the level of respect, the level of trust, that we’re building with the Players Association, with Michele Roberts, who’s the relatively new executive director, with Chris Paul, who’s the president of the union, and that was one of those issues where we sat down and we said, both of us, that it truly can be a win-win if we shorten that period,” said Silver. “We still can accomplish what we think is necessary by having a moratorium, but it didn’t need to be 10 days or the number of days that was built into the collective bargaining agreement. “I think that’s how we should be able to conduct business with partners, where we sit down and everybody listens to both sides of the issues and tries to work through things behind closed doors for the betterment of the game.”
Are NBA stars the most underpaid athletes in professional sports? National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts, via The Vertical Podcast with Woj: As long we understand I’m not negotiating, the answer is yes. And I don’t think that’s even debatable. These guys are enormously undervalued, and I hope that that’s not a secret, because it’s certainly the truth. Basketball players are the most recognizable athletes, I think, on the planet. I’ve travelled now to a couple of games outside of the country, and I almost wish that people could see how these guys are rock stars – not just here, but they are rock stars all over the world. Now, television helps. But it is just astounding to me how much love and regard people have for them, both because of their athletic prowess, but because, some of our players, because they’re just great men.
Michele Roberts was interviewed by Adrian Wojnarowski and was asked about the perception some people have that NBA players already make enough money, particularly when it comes to negotiating their split of basketball related income. “I’m not prepared to concede the narrative to those who think players make too much,” said Roberts. “Part of what I think is not being talked about sufficiently is players are making money, owners are making money. “Forbes, we read just recently that the value of these teams, thank you Donald Sterling, we know what a team can make on the open market.
“I’m not going to say, well, ‘I can’t change the hearts and minds’, perhaps I can’t, but I’m not going to allow the narrative to be out there that the only people that are profiting from this game are the players and the poor owners are taking all of the risk and they’re not enjoying any of this money. Oh, they are in a huge way. And the only question is whether the division of those dollars is a fair one.
National Basketball Players Association player representatives voted at All-Star Weekend in Toronto to increase player-agent dues and the increase will begin with the 2016-17 season, according to an NBPA memo obtained by USA TODAY Sports. The increase is significant, especially for agents who represent 10 or more players. The current rate for agents is $1,500 per season, but even for agents who represent as few as nine players, that yearly fee will increase to $2,500.