DALLAS (AP) – Now that NBA players are preparing to take the labor fight with the owners to the courtroom, some legal experts expect them to face a daunting challenge in an antitrust lawsuit.

The players rejected the latest offer from owners Monday and started a process of disbanding the union.

Antitrust attorney David Scupp says rulings in the NFL players’ case against owners this summer make it an uphill battle for their basketball brethren. NFL players dissolved their union and filed an antitrust lawsuit this summer. A federal judge in Minnesota lifted the lockout in June, but that ruling was overturned on appeal.

Scupp says that ruling is not binding for other courts, but it likely will be influential as any judge considers the arguments.

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