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NBA Season in Jeopardy as Players Reject Offer

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The upcoming NBA season is in jeopardy after players rejected the league's latest offer for a new labor deal on Monday. "After two years of making a genuine and concerted effort to try to close a collective bargaining effort with the league and our teams, we've come to the conclusion today that that process has not worked for us," NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher said. The players have now begun the process of disbanding the union, and filing an anti-trust lawsuit against the NBA owners.

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WNYC News

NBA Players Reject Latest Offer, Start Disbanding Union

Monday, November 14, 2011

Professional basketball players rejected the NBA's latest offer and have begun the process of disbanding the union. The decision will likely jeopardize the rest of the 2011-2012 basketball season.

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The Takeaway

The NBA Lockout's Impact on Workers

Monday, October 31, 2011

The NBA remains stuck in a lockout this morning as negotiations between players and owners have failed to produce a new collective bargaining agreement. Tomorrow is scheduled be the first day of the 66th season, but instead the stadiums will remain closed and fans will stay at home. It’s a big disappointment for fans, but for many people, their livelihoods are on the line too.

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The Takeaway

NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of New Season

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Commissioner David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the new NBA season on Monday night, after the league and the players failed to reach a deal to end a four-month-long lockout. At dispute is how to divide billions of dollars of league revenues, as well as league rules over how players are paid. The NBA will lose between $700-$800 million for each month of play lost.

For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper DarrellFor more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell. For more on that, we're speaking with Mitch Lawrence, NBA columnist for The New York Daily News.  He was following the negotiations until late last night.  We're also speaking with Superfan Darrell Bailey, aka Clipper Darrell.

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The Takeaway

NBA Lockout and Yankees Grand Slam Record

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's hurricane Friday here at the Takeaway, and someone who's never afraid to get out there in the rain is our correspondent Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. He joins us to talk some sports, including one seriously quirky stat from the baseball world when the New York Yankees continued to earn their out-sized salaries. Also, we will be looking at the NBA lockout. A recent piece by Malcolm Gladwell on Grantland.com says that the idea of basketball teams as a normal "business" is a fantasy, and so the idea of teams losing money and thus justifying the lockout is completely over the rainbow.

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The Takeaway

NBA Players on Lockout After Failed Negotiations

Friday, July 01, 2011

After hours of negotiating, NBA players and owners failed to come to an agreement over salary caps and team revenue. Those involved said the meetings were friendly, but players will remain on lockout until a settlement can be reached. While players have proposed a string of pay cuts to be enacted over the next few years, team owners say it is not enough to make the teams profitable. The Players Association and team owners will meet in two to three weeks to discuss this issue again.

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The Takeaway

Friday Sports Wrap-Up: Mavericks Beat Miami Heat

Friday, June 10, 2011

In a pivotal Game 5 last night in Dallas, the Mavericks took home a 112-103 victory, earning their first N.B.A Championship win. Lebron James continued to show final quarter troubles—in the last four games, he has yet to score more than five points in the final quarter. Takeaway sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul Matin talks about this and other sports news from the week, including the outlook for the Boston Bruins.

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The Takeaway

Shaquille O'Neal Tells Twitter He's Retiring

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Shaq told his fans first in a video posted to Twitter, "I'm about to retire... love you!"  He and his size 23 basketball shoes are done with the game. "He could dance, he could move, he could pass," says Takeaway Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. He explains why Shaq was such a dominant force and what he might do next.

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The Takeaway

Miami Heat v. Dallas Mavericks: 2011 NBA Finals Fan Smackdown

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The NBA Finals will kick off tonight with Game 1 between the Dallas Mavericks and the Miami Heat. As fans get ready for the first game, we hear from them about why their team has what it takes to win it all. Representing the Miami Heat is Michael Garrett, who started following his team when LeBron James and Chris Bosh joined. T.C. Fleming, on the other hand has been a fan for a long time. He moved to Dallas when he was two years old and has been a Mavs fan ever since.

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The Takeaway

Sports: NBA Playoffs Heat Up, Golf Update

Friday, May 13, 2011

The Chicago Bulls will face the Miami Heat in the eastern conference finals and both teams have something to prove, says Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. Tiger Woods withdrew from the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida tournament after suffering a knee injury. It's becoming apparent that Woods is getting older.

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The Takeaway

Sports: New Baseball Playoff Format

Friday, April 22, 2011

Negotiators for the MLB players and the owners have come close to agreeing on a new playoff format, to potentially start in 2012. Two additional teams would join the eight teams that are already in the playoffs. The NBA also has long playoffs, advancing 16 teams to the playoffs, over 50 percent of the league. Does this hurt the NBA in terms of viewership and fans? Takeaway sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses the lengthy NBA playoffs.

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The Takeaway

Biggest Stories of This Basketball Season

Friday, December 10, 2010

There's a lot of story lines happening in basketball this season. Which should we be paying attention to? The Miami Heat finally getting into its stride this season? A leader for The New York Knicks? Takeaway Sports Contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin talks about the biggest stories so far in the NBA.

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The Takeaway

LeBron Fails to Bring the Heat

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

One of the most hyped basketball teams of the new NBA season delivered an underwhelming debut last night. The 2010 Miami Heat, fronted by the all-star trifecta of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh, were trounced by the Boston Celtics, 88-80. Phil Latzman, host of WLRN's The Florida Roundup, says Miami fans have great expectations of the Heat's new lineup.

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The Takeaway

Can LeBron Bring the Heat?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For LeBron James and the Miami Heat, the season of great expectations begins tonight against Eastern Conference champions, the Boston Celtics. It's one of the most anticipated basketball seasons ever, especially for Heat fans. In addition to James, the Heat have added perennial all-stars Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to their roster. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin tells us if he thinks anyone can beat the Heat this year.

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The Takeaway

LeBron James Courtship Comes to an End, but at What Cost?

Friday, July 09, 2010

Last night, in a prime time spectacle, LeBron James announced which NBA team he's joining: the Miami Heat. He was only a free agent for a few days, but the machinations to woo the best player in basketball have been underway for years. In particular, The New York Knicks have suffered two terrible seasons as they cleared out players to make salary-cap room for big name free agents this signing season. Stocks even moved based on rumors he was coming to New York. Cleveland has calculated the impact of this one player on the downtown economy and regional business. It's in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The Takeaway

Make Your Pitch: Why Should You Get LeBron?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LeBron James becomes a free agent on Thursday and his NBA fate is still undecided. To help him out, we asked listeners and fans, why should LeBron come to your city? Fans from Miami, New Jersey and New York all had strong arguments for why he should come to their town. Peter Patakos from Cleveland, said he should actually stay there:

"The fact that he just means so much to the area here, he can just mean more. To turn his back for the extra money or extra exposure when he could have stood for things like community, loyalty, family staying in Cleveland and winning even one championship - he wouldn't have to win more than that."

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The Takeaway

The First Round Of The NBA Draft and World Cup Update

Friday, June 25, 2010

Not all college graduates are struggling to find jobs this year. The 2010 NBA Draft was last night and the Washington Wizards were given the first pick. The Wizards surprised no one when they used their first pick to choose John Wall, from the University of Kentucky. Other college players who graduated to the pros last night included Evan Turner, who went to Philadephia, Derrick Favors, who was picked by the Nets, and Wesley Johnson, who will be joining the Timberwolves.

 

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The Takeaway

LA Lakers Win NBA Championships

Friday, June 18, 2010

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in a nail-biter final at the Los Angeles Staples Center last night. 

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The Takeaway

Sports: Rafael Nadal Dominates Tennis, Lakers Lose

Monday, June 07, 2010

Winning his fifth French Open title, Rafael Nadal proved once again that the courts of Roland Garros belong to him. He defeated Robin Soderling, the same man who knocked him out last year. The Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin has the details of the match. He also recaps last night's Game 5 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals, and Game 2 of the NBA Finals.

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The Takeaway

Team USA Roster Set For World Cup

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The last seven players were cut from Team USA's soccer team yesterday, and the final 23 man roster is now set. With the FIFA World Cup just over two weeks away, Takeaway's sports contributor, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin sees if Team USA stands a chance. He also recaps last night's NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Boston Celtics and the Orlando Magic, who are trying to become the first team to come back and win from a 3-0 deficit. Did they succeed? Ibrahim has the answers.

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