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Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

Posted on: December 1, 2011 5:14 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 6:06 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverbilly-hunter-small

Back like they never left!

The National Basketball Players Association announced in a statement on Thursday that it has received the necessary signatures authorizing it to re-form as a union after it was dissolved on Nov. 14 so that it could pursue antitrust litigation against the NBA.
The National Basketball Players Association (“NBPA”) announced today it has been informed by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) that a majority of NBA players have authorized the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) to serve as their collective bargaining representative. In less than forty eight hours more than 300 players submitted authorization cards to the AAA, which has been collecting and verifying the cards.  Pursuant to this authorization and recognition from the NBA, the NBPA and NBA can now move forward towards the completion of negotiations for a new a collective bargaining agreement, with players expected to hold an in-person vote on whether to ratify the agreement by the end of next week.

On behalf of the NBPA, we thank fans worldwide for their patience as we work quickly to get professional basketball back on the court.

Now that the union is put back together, the players are able to vote to approve the tentative collective bargaining agreement taht was reached with the league early Saturda morning.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter sent a letter on Monday, obtained by SI.com, in which he recommended the deal: "We support this settlement of the antitrust case. We appreciate your trust and solidarity and look forward to working through the process described above in the very near future so we can get back to doing what we all want to do: play basketball."

NBA training camp and preseason are scheduled to open on Dec. 9 and the 2011-2012 regular season is scheduled to begin on Dec. 25, assuming both sides formally approve the deal, which is expected next week, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com.
Comments

Since: Jan 21, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:11 am
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

PURSUE ANTI-TRUST LITIGATION???????  I was hoping this crap was over but I guess not.   The players have not learned that if the owners want to, they can close down the business.  Another post stated that  players referred themselves to being slaves.  I don't recall in my history classes of slaves being paid millions of dollars to play a game.  The need to shut their mouths and get back to work( I mean play)!!!! 




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:41 am
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

Wow, what a cohesive group. Just like the game itself there is no "I" in "TEAM". Now clear out and let the Star Shine.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

If they never played another NBA game I could also not give a crap.  The old split between the ownership and the players was ridiculous.  What owner of any business gives more money to the employees and not himself..insanity!  Most of the players are rich enough like the fat lady at the carnival to be able to miss a few meals.  I will be watching more hockey after football season is over for sure.  I'm sick of these rich pukes equating themselves with "slaves on the plantation."  None of them have a clue and can't buy one even with all their money.  This isn't even news to me anymore.  The only people that will miss the NBA are the people with businesses around the arenas.  Middle America could give a damn watching spoiled brats bounce a ball on parquet.  Another thing I don't get...this is directly aimed at the players..why do you have to de-certify the union in order to sue?  Dumb... what did you form the union for if you couldn't sue and file grievances.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:08 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

and what's up with the crazy picture of hunter?  does this represent how cbs views him?



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:07 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

i don't think the owners got enough provisions to improve the game.  it will still be a subpar sporting event with lackluster effort by the players.  owners caved when they clearly had the upper hand, i don't understand it. 



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:56 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

To all the idiots who spent half their their days bashing the NBA because their lives are lame, NBA is back and I'm definately excited!!!! Apparantly people cared enough to talk crap about it everyday. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:38 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

Personally, I still don't care and I would imagine that sentiment is still firmly in tact.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:17 pm
 

Players union re-forms; to ratify CBA next

I will be interested to see how many people who said they didn't care if there was an NBA will suddenly get all giddy about watching the games.




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