Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 at 4:20 pm  |  11 responses

Players Union Files Charges With Labor Board

by Ryne Nelson

The Player’s Union took a late swing at the NBA today by filing an unfair labor practices complaint against the League’s owners. The claim, filed with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), calls the lockout threat unlawful by “failing to bargain in good faith.”

ESPN‘s Chris Sheridan has the details:

Sources have told ESPN.com that the players were so infuriated by the owners’ latest proposal, which seeks a nearly 40 percent rollback in existing contracts over three years and a hard salary cap, that the union would refuse to present a formal counterproposal.


In a statement, the union said the unfair practices included failure to bargain in good faith, demanding huge financial takeaways from prior contracts without offering concessions in return, bypassing the Union to deal directly with players and threatening an unlawful lockout.

The player’s union was not impressed with the League’s revised proposal last month, saying it was mostly similar to the League’s original proposal in early 2010.

The NLRB issuing an injunction against the a lockout would be highly unlikely, but at least the players aren’t going down without a fight.

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  • IndyB

    How about sharing local TV revenue? It would level the playing field while not letting poorly run teams off of the hook by withdrawing the incentives to get the local fanbase excited with ticket and apparrel revenue. I mean 2/3 of the league never really has a chance. The NBA as a whole isnt really losing money but the vast majority of the teams are; so share the wealth.

  • JTaylor21

    Stern and the owners are hell bent on destroying the league. Why the hell would you want a lockout when TV ratings and the game’s popularity are at an all-time height. That’s what happens when you have a lawyer not a former basketball player/coach running the league.

  • Adrian Zapata

    JTaylor21 – The NBA is for profit business, why would anyone want a coach or former player running the league?

  • http://Philosophervision@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Shout out to The Illuminati.

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    I gotta say, even I’m amazed by how insane the new proposed CBA is. Rollbacks to 40%? What? That’s insane.
    Reasonable stuff that will fix the NBA that the managers don’t want
    1- Profit sharing. You know, the thing that is done in every other major league? That thing?
    2- Cut teams. Sorry Bobcats, no one watches you.
    3- Penalties for repeatedly not making the playoffs. Yeah, this probably wont help teams, but f— these guys.
    This sh*t only makes sense for the leagues survival. They want to make a hard salary cap? LOOK AT HOW THAT SCREWED UP HOCKEY. Jesus.

  • MikeC.

    @Jukai – People watch hockey? Can something that barely even exists be screwed up?

  • http://dsjkflf.com Jukai

    Yes, it can. Just no one cares that it was.

  • Groves

    hockey is watched

  • Exile

    Hockey is watched

  • http://www.nikeairmaxofficial.com/ nike air max official

    The player’s union was not impressed with the League’s revised proposal last month. Shout out to The Illuminati.

  • neaorin

    Yeah, we can all read the feel good stories about the NBA generating great TV ratings this year… but the fact of the matter is that the league has had a franchise (Hornets) up for grabs for more than a year now, and they’ve had no takers. You’d think more people would be clamoring to get in if the action was that hot. Not everyone can own the Lakers, Celtics or Knicks.