The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American male sports union.
Billy Hunter was ousted unanimously as executive director of the union by NBA players who said Saturday they will “no longer be divided, misled, misinformed.”
NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled the first two weeks of the season Monday after owners and players were unable to reach a new labor deal and end the lockout.
Union chief Billy Hunter says owners are locking out players after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, potentially putting the 2011-12 season in jeopardy.
A month before a potential basketball lockout, there was some reason for optimism about the NBA’s labor situation, after sides met in Miami.