Monday, November 7th, 2011 at 9:05 am  |  6 responses

Report: Enough NBA Players Want Union Decertification to Force Vote

According to ESPN‘s sources, those within the NBA’s players union pushing for decertification believe they have enough support for the risky move. But there are doubts that they could mobilize quickly enough to get a vote this week: “On Monday, meanwhile, sources say that the players and agents backing the decertification of the union have scheduled another conference call to follow the two conference calls — each with at least 50 players dialed in — that took place last week. One source close to the process said Sunday that the leaders of the decertification movement, with Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce most notably among them, ambitiously hope they can ultimately secure as many as 200 signatures on a petition that would be filed with the National Labor Relations Board to call for a formal decertification vote. An actual vote would not take place for up to 45 days after the petition is filed, while the NLRB verifies the request, but only 30 percent of the league’s active work force — an estimated 130 players — is needed to satisfy petition requirements. ‘We intend to move fast,’ said another source involved in the decertification movement.”

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  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    It should have been done months ago not early November. Decertification would most likely lead to the entire season being missed.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    ^Exactly, I don’t get why they didn’t start negociating in July allready.

  • jayb

    looks like we will have no season…hey i am a kobe fan and all but he does have a point. owners aint coming up from 50-50..i know he wants to play and he is playing team ball. he unlike most have options.. guess he takes his talents to italy and a some world tour and gets ready for the olympics. some owners are willing to sit out the year since they would lose less by not playing. if kobe is forced to retire due to this it will be a sham..mj was forced to retire in 1998 and now this…i hope stern is happy!

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    kobe isn’t THAT old. he will be alright, he wont have to retire. I think alot of player will be alright financially. They knew this lockout was coming two years ago, might give them a chance to earn money other ways. The union told them to save up, if they didn’t save up then that’s on them. Good luck to the players though.

  • LA Huey

    Break the glass. Push the red button.

  • LA Huey

    ^I don’t see any reason to boycott the league when it returns. Just don’t buy any of their ish now. I love the NBA but it’s no different than if production of the new season of some TV show I like was being delayed over a similar dispute: I’ll find other ish to entertain myself and TV back on when it returns. Don’t treat entertainment as life necessities. Simple as that.