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Report: NBA union leader Billy Hunter cashed in during lockout

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09:52 AM ET 09.30 | While NBA players were locked out as their leaders tried to hammer out a new collective bargaining agreement, their union's executive director, Billy Hunter, was not missing any paydays. Hunter made $3 million in salary this last year, when the NBA played a compacted 66-game season and players missed paychecks during a lengthy lockout. It was a 25% salary increase, according to Bloomberg news service. By comparison, DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Assn. executive director, made $1.38 million this last season, although the players did give him a $1-million bonus after he led negotiations that landed a new 10-year labor deal with the nation's most popular league. Michael Weiner, the leader of the MLB Players' Assn., made $1 million. "If I'm a rank-and-file member of this union I've got to ask myself -- Is Billy really worth three times the guy at MLBPA?" said Paul Swangard of the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center at the University of Oregon, in an email to Bloomberg. Don Fehr, head of the NHL Players Assn., is not being paid during the hockey lockout.

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September 30, 2012  09:54 AM ET

It Was All About You, Bro.

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September 30, 2012  10:15 AM ET

He's a lawyer.


Lawyers always get paid.

September 30, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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He's a lawyer. Lawyers always get paid.

Yep. Win or lose Lawyers get paid.

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September 30, 2012  05:56 PM ET

Damn Billy...your position aged you!!! Billy reminds me of a Chia Pet!!

September 30, 2012  06:11 PM ET
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Love him or hate him, David Stern has really grown the business.

Nope. Love them or hate them, but Magic, Bird, MJ, Yao, and others really grew the business.

September 30, 2012  08:27 PM ET
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Nope. Love them or hate them, but Magic, Bird, MJ, Yao, and others really grew the business.

This ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

September 30, 2012  10:18 PM ET

Why is this news? Is it because a black man made $3+million dollars? I noticed they NEVER mention what executives from these leagues made. Everyone has a problem when organized labor has people making money, but they don't see any problem with organized management doing the same. I love it when a Wall Street CEO drives a company into the ground and in some cases bankruptcy, yet he leaves with a bonus and / or a buyout. Why shouldn't Billy Hunter have been paid during the lockout?, he was WORKING to get a new CBA for his representatives.

September 30, 2012  11:04 PM ET

Sounds like the CEO s of the banks with the bailouts....Nothing more than crooks...

October 1, 2012  12:14 AM ET

sounds like he got paid a bit much for what he did.

October 1, 2012  09:43 AM ET
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Why is this news? Is it because a black man made $3+million dollars? I noticed they NEVER mention what executives from these leagues made. Everyone has a problem when organized labor has people making money, but they don't see any problem with organized management doing the same. I love it when a Wall Street CEO drives a company into the ground and in some cases bankruptcy, yet he leaves with a bonus and / or a buyout. Why shouldn't Billy Hunter have been paid during the lockout?, he was WORKING to get a new CBA for his representatives.

The Race card?!?!? Really??? don't need to go there son...

 
October 1, 2012  09:43 AM ET

I guess this is the reason Fisher was trying to get Hunter ousted...

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