NBA Players Association
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.”
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.
Union executive director Billy Hunter says the players’ association is prepared to file antitrust action against the NBA. He says this is the best situation for “players can get their due process.”
Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks are among the players participating in Wednesday’s session with the union leadership.
With labor talks set to resume Saturday, a group of NBA players has reportedly discussed decertifying their union.
The talks Wednesday into Thursday morning were about the salary cap system, and Commissioner David Stern said they likely will stick with that issue when they resume.
The NBA players’ association, not Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, proposed the elimination of the salary cap during negotiations aimed at ending months of labor strife, a league official said.
Three days and 30 hours’ worth of talks couldn’t produce a new labor deal, so NBA owners and players walked away without knowing when they will meet again.
The NBA and players’ association are ready to try mediation, and Commissioner David Stern wants results quickly.