Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 at 2:30 pm  |  16 responses

NBA Players’ Union to Decertify?

It’s a legal ploy the players are reportedly considering (and that a few of them have even voted to move forward with), and one that could allow them to file a lawsuit against the NBA to stop a lockout next season. It should be noted that a similar move was attempted back in 1995, and it failed. Sports Business Journal reports: “NBA players have begun the process of authorizing the decertification of the National Basketball Players Association, a move meant as a countermeasure if the league locks out players when the collective-bargaining agreement expires in June, sources said. Players for at least two NBA clubs have voted unanimously to authorize decertification after meeting with NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter, sources said. Hunter is asking players at each club to vote to allow the union to disband, or decertify, as he makes his annual fall tour of locker rooms … If the NBPA were to decertify, it would, in effect, operate as a trade organization but cease to be a union. If the league then tried to lock out players, the NBPA could sue the NBA under U.S. antitrust laws and contend that the league was conducting a group boycott, which is illegal. It could not sue the NBA if it remained a union with collective-bargaining authority for its members, under the labor exemption to antitrust laws. ‘If the owners are going to lock the players out, the players want to have the option of decertifying the union and asserting their antitrust rights to stop the lockout,’ said a source close to the NBPA. ‘This would keep the game going, not just for the fans but for the players and everyone else.’”

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  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Why do i feel like this was Adam Morrison’s idea?

  • http://google c_cantrell

    this is ridiculous


    These owners are making a big mistake. This isn’t like the last lock out when the idea of playing in Europe was reserved for scrubs, burn outs and has beens. This lock out will be the best thing to happen to European basketball! They’re going to throw money at NBA players in abundance! BOOK IT!!

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^ok for one the whole BOOK IT!! thing is getting to be pretty gay and second its copyright from the seed man

  • Drew

    I don’t know that the superstars would care to go overseas to play. I think if there’s a lockout, Kobe, James, Wade, and other superstars should take the opportunity to rest up.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    ^true.. i think they would all take it as a break

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I think in context for this article it should read… LOCK IT.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    For the last time, players under contract cant go to europe or anywhere else.

  • O

    JUST when things were looking good for the NY Knicks (and by that I mean adding Carmelo Anthony), this sh*t happens. Billionaires fighting with multi-millionaires about how gets more or less money from a job where no one risks their lives. Isn’t life grand…

  • http://afjkl.com Jukai

    Tarzan: Not true. The Euroleagues have nothing legally stopping them from signing whoever they want, contract or not. The question is, WOULD they. If the NBA was firing on all cylinders, yeah, they’d stay clear. But during a lockout? I don’t know…

  • Justin

    Jukai, I think he means that the NBA has rules stating that players can’t play elsewhere while under contract to NBA teams.
    @c_cantrell…GETTING gay? It’s been gay since it started.

  • http://google c_cantrell


  • dma

    You children are so straight

  • http://bleacherreport.com/articles/408237-bryant-vs-jordan-theres-still-no-debate-jordan-is-king nbk

    Euroleague teams have caps on American players. Most teams can’t have more then 2 americans. In some countries its only one, like Japan.

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  • AHM

    Whatever the players do it won’t last. Who remembers the lockout of ’99 when players talked tough at the beginning and even spoke of starting their own league? Then when all their mortgages, credit card bills and divorce/child support payments started to pile up they cowered and caved like a president with three illegal wars and health care reform on the table.