News broke tonight that yet another agent-written letter was sent to the players imploring them to not concede on the owner's demands. This is of course, frustrating news for many. The last thing this negotiation needs is a third party throwing a wrench in things like the random Singapore sub plot in Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Anyhow, here is the link to the letter that was sent. However, through a personal connection I was able to acquire the original letter that was sent, prior to editing. Here it is (note: it is very humorous how few changes were made, and how little time was taken, on this letter to capture its new tone):
Just as the owners have come together to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement, several concerned agents have also come together to discuss the status of our future earning potential. There are important negotiations taking place that will impact us. Because we are united in our concerns that we continue to earn our commissions and have our voices be heard throughout this process we have created this joint letter to our players.
This letter was prepared by the agencies and agents listed below, and is being sent to all of the players they represent:
Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group
Bill Duffy of BDA Sports
Dan Fegan of Lagardere Unlimited
Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management
Leon Rose and Henry Thomas of Creative Artists Agency
Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports and Entertainment
I am writing to you because the negotiations between the NBPA and NBA owners are at a critical stage. You must take action and protect us.
Our Voice Must be Heard
Any deal you and the owners agree upon will have a major impact on us, our families, and our careers.
Educate yourself on the specifics of the negotiations and proposals that have been made.
Demand a full vote by all players on any proposed deal between the players and owners.
Contact the NBPA to ask questions and speak out about the issues that will directly impact us and our families.
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