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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.
Comments

Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

What a joke the NBA has become all around.  Gambling refs (if you don't think it's still going on, just sit through the charade they call an NBA game), refs whining about unfair labor practices, players whining about every single call or non-call in every game, rules changes to punish defense and force scoring in the 120-130 point range on a regular basis, superstar calls, more emphasis on said "superstars" than on actual teams, etc.  The NBA is simply impossible to watch anymore if your team isn't good (and check my screen name, mine is crap).  It barely passes for basketball with the selective enforcement or flat out non-enforcement of the rules.  And it won't be fixed until the dirty pig commissioner is gone and someone who actually has some integrity takes his place.




Since: Jul 12, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:22 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

In a related story, basketball fans and players have both charged NBA refs for unfair practices.  These practices include star treatment, game fixing, general incompetence (specifically in the field of travelling), and just being total a-holes whenever questioned by said players or coaches.  When asked for comment, referee Joey Crawford had this to say: "Was that you I saw laughing out of the corner of my eye, all the way on the other side of the court?  That's two technicals for you, get out of here!"



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

This is a joke right???



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

the reffs really do need an ego check they think they are larger then life and its getting out of hand



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

I definately thought i had read that wrong...haha.....WHAT?  SERIOUSLY?



Since: Jun 18, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:53 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

These clowns can't call traveling...much less unfair labor practices.



Since: Feb 14, 2009
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

With as bad of a job as they accomplish on a nightly basis, these yahoos should be glad they get paid at all.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: April 6, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Report: Refs charge NBA with unfair practices

Oh, the irony.

Considering that Stern actively has the referees engaging in "unfair practices" on the court, this is hilarious.


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