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Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:47 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 7:49 pm
Posted by Royce Young

According to Yahoo! Sports, the National Basketball Referee’s Association has filed charges to the National Labor Relations Board claiming the NBA has violated federal laws by engaging in unfair labor practices.

A memo was distributed to 60 NBA referees and described the charges as “the league’s refusal to negotiate with the union concerning non-economic issues.”

The player's collective bargaining agreement isn't the only one the NBA is negotiating. The NBRA's expires Sept. 1. According to the report, the NBRA has hired an attorney and has met with the league three times thus far but the league hasn't responded to any proposals.

According to the report, the memos focused largely on issues like weight and fitness restrictions, travel and anti-discrimination based on race, sex and union activity.

Also included in the memos was this juicy nugget: David Stern allegedly made an "obscene expression" at union negotiators during a meeting on Jan. 24.

According to the memo, Stern – referred to as “one of the league’s negotiators” – got angry when the union attorneys sought to include what the union called “standard language found in many collective bargaining agreements” on discrimination.

“One of the league’s negotiators reacted to it with hostility and resorted to the use of an obscene expression in describing its effect,” the memo said. “When the NRBA representatives declined his demand to delete the obscene expression from their notes, this negotiator abruptly left the room.”

So evidently Stern did something "obscene" and then wanted it struck from the notes, he stormed out. Awesome. I'm sure these negotiations will go smoothly, just like the one with the players. Enjoy this last week of basketball if you're a fan of a lottery team because it might be the last you see for a bit.

Oh and if you're wondering, the league declined comment on this issue. Shocker.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:51 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

thanks for ur OPINIONS  on the popular franchises, but that is laughable. Ya cause I see soooo many steeler jerseys...(sarcasm)..cause everybody loves a multiple accused rapist! yet another steelers fan that has blinders on...whats new?  btw this was a basketball thead right?

Since: Nov 21, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:44 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices


In a related story Pittsburgh and Green Bay, the most popular league's 2 smallest markets and most popular franchises, played in the most watched Championship game of all time.  Although these teams have always drawn huge ratings, this somehow managed to be the first time the 2 teams met in a title game.  David Stern has ordered an investigation into how such a popular league could have waited so long to showcase its top 2 franchises in the largest marketing opportunity the league has to offer.  A similar investigation has already been launched into how the NFL has survived without any sort of presence in permanent NBA Finals host/participant Los Angeles.

The NFL is having a labor dispute over how to best EXPAND THE SEASON while the NBA is having a labor dispute over how to best CONTRACT THE LEAGUE.

Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 8:36 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

well if it was the refs who seen stern make an obscene jesture, then we all know it didnt happen!!!! Just like all the fouls that accure durring a game, phantom BS, I never did understand how they can look themselves in the face and not be disgraced, they have been calling fouls that didnt happen for years now, no foul happens, but they sure do see it somehow.., and heaven forbid u try and plead ur case or point to the jumbotron and prove them wrong, cause ull get t'd up and ejected....WTF  makes them so high and mighty? Most nights that I watch basketball it is the refs who decide the game not the players, hard to understand when the ONLY reason they are even there is cause the fans and players pay their checks!!!!!!

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:39 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

News flash to the NBRA - getting angry and showing it ii your facial expressions is not "obscene", giving you the "finger" is. I agree that both the NBRA and David Stern are a bad example of good leadership, but then again look how many of the overpaid, whining, thugs are obscene in their own ways. This isn't news here just a waste of space.

Since: Nov 12, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:36 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

The best basketball? LMAO  yeah that was some real good basketball Monday night.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 7:00 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Another example of poor leadership in this leaders just wanna preach but not practice or hold themselves accountable for anything..For a leader to preach discipline to players on the court, than perform the way he did on his 'court' was an embarrassment.

Lead by example mr stern. thats haow leadership works!

Since: Apr 14, 2009
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:38 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Does anyone really care? These overpaid players and officials, need to get over themselves. The best basketball just ended on Monday. Could we just play NCAA hoops for 82 games and have a playoff system that lasts until the middle of June. Let the babies play 30 games and have their "One and Done" Tourney and see if they can handle the pressure and actually show up to play everytime they play rather than milk it and then give some dumbass excuse as to why they played like shit.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:25 am

See also: 2002 Kings vs Lakers playoffs

Can this be a BIGGER joke?!? Those clowns might as well get in line at the food bank now... not because they need the grub, but because they're such a corrupt group with the encouragement of the NBA brass, that they can't help themselves but steal food from hungry children and starving pets. Their incessant coddling of big name players from the money markets makes the game impossible to watch (I haven't been able to stomach more than 4 minutes on a TV, by accident no less, in years).If they want fair labor practices from the league, then the strongest move they can make is to hold a press conference, describe the bias with which they are tasked to call games, especially playoffs, and then ask congress to waste as many of our tax dollars on this whiney crap as has been wasted on major league baseball, the BCS, and tracking down delinquent child support payments by Travis Henry.By the way, would somebody PLEASE kick the Kings outa Sacramento already and get the Federal government wasting money on whether or not they will have to pay the city of Sac back the $70 million they owe? I mean, why should they pay, when Kevin Martin can skip town making 12 million a year and just stop paying for a 1.5 million dollar house because he made a stupid decision. Thank goodness March Madness hasn't been corrupted at the player level (on the court, that is) and we have something to watch that's actually about skill and love of the game.

Since: Feb 10, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 1:20 am

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Fire all the Refs .... get rid of Stern ...  Blow up and contract the League and maybe then we'll have a watchable game again.   The Refs are crooked .... Stern is a dick-tator  ... and these watered down teams are a joke.  

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:30 pm

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Great comment. The NBA is a mess from top to bottom, and a big part of it is the blatant manipulation of games by game officials, and the fact that this is encouraged by the league's higher-ups. 

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