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NBA wastes day in court; NBPA to meet Thursday

Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:58 pm
Edited on: November 2, 2011 7:51 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association met on Wednesday in Brooklyn. The only problem: they met in a courtroom rather than in a negotiating conference room.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the NBA and the NBPA were in court to give oral arguments in the NBPA's motion to dismiss the NBA's lawsuit. The NBA originally filed suited because the NBPA allegedly threatened to decertify.
Court spokeswoman confirms U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe did not rule on The NBPA's motion to dismiss NBA's lawsuit Wednesday. Per spokeswoman, Gardephe will ask parties to brief him in writing on additional issues before ruling. Timing of ruling uncertain. Union asking judge to dismiss lawsuit, in which the NBA seeks declaratory judgment on legality of potential decertification by The NBPA.

According to The NBPA, lawsuit has no merit because union hasn't disclaimed interest in representing players and has never done so before. Lawyers for The NBPA characterized lawsuit as "forum shopping," an attempt to beat players to venue for possible antitrust action. 

Lawyers for NBA contend union officials have frequently threatened to disclaim, which warrants a ruling from judge on legality.

There's little significance to today's court proceedings. Both sides recognize best shot at a deal is to agree to one at bargaining table.
So, if the courtroom drama is all pretty much irrelevant, when will they head back to the negotiating room?

Berger reports that there are still no new negotiating sessions scheduled after talks blew up last Friday, although he writes that NBPA leadership officials "will convene Thursday for strategy session" but it's "unclear how many players will attend."

What's holding up the talks? 

Berger writes that the difference of opinion over the revenue split remains the key issue separating the two sides, and that it's now the primary reason no new talks have yet been scheduled.
No point to more bargaining until each side decides how much -- if at all - it intends to move on BRI. Most other issues resolved. NBA negotiators have talked with labor committee members and other owners this week, source says. Players also have to decide next move.
Earlier Wednesday, there were indications that the obvious compromise on the revenue issue might still be possible.
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woodbell
Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 3, 2011 11:53 am
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 3, 2011 12:48 am
 

NBA wastes day in court; NBPA to meet Thursday

All of this has the look of something very bad for the 2011-12 NBA season.  The two sides can't agree on revenue distribution and cap limits, and now are monkeying around with union decertification in the courts?  Whether the idiot players know it or not, the situation is NOT in their favor and time is ticking.

One day very soon, these stories will morph into discussions of when we will reach the "zero day" or "point of no return", after which there will be no possibility of even a shortened regular season.  Once the season is lost, that's when the major impacts to the popularity of the sport will be felt.  Fans will return eventually, sure- but that's billions of dollars of revenue flushed down the drain for the lost season and the inevitable down-ratings 2012-13 season, all because the largely greedy players' union can't compromise with the mostly stupid owners.  Just ask the NHL, which has only just recovered from the effects of the 2004-05 lockout.



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:40 pm
 

NBA in court to stop decertification

No point to more bargaining until each side decides how much -- if at all - it intends to move on BRI. Most other issues resolved. NBA negotiators have talked with labor committee members and other owners this week, source says. Players also have to decide next move.
One side has already set its limit. The owners lose money at any additional revenue over 50-50 to the players. Even at 50-50 the owners have to find other expense cuts to total $100M per year. The players have tested the owners' resolve and found it bedrock. Not the players have to choose when they accept as the watch hundreds of millions go down the drain. This is a contest the players cannot win. More than 300 of the 460+ players are being badly damaged with little or no savings.

It is not a waste to go to court. The players are kept off balance with this lawsuit which balances the players' opening shot of filing an NLRB claim against the owners. The union has to pay millions for their lawyers as does the league. But how long before the union asks for money from the players to continue?



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 8:11 pm
 

NBA wastes day in court; NBPA to meet Thursday

yawn - snooze - snore


JimmyGusto
Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:27 pm
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Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:58 pm
 

NBA wastes day in court; NBPA to meet Thursday

This wont be solved in the court system. You would think they would have learneed from the NFL.


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