NBA Owners File Lawsuit Against Players Union

NBA Owners File Lawsuit Against Players Union

The league is seeking to prevent the union from decertifying in order to file an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA.

Published August 3, 2011

If you thought there may be an amicable resolution to the NBA lockout, think again.


Tuesday, one day after the NBA owners and players had their first meaningful bargaining session since the lockout went into effect July 1, the league filed suit against the players. By all accounts Monday’s meeting did not go well.


So the NBA has filed with the National Labor Relations Board and also filed a lawsuit against the NBA Players Association in federal district court in New York. It seems the NBA does not like the union’s approach or tactics when it comes to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement, according to the Associated Press.


"For the parties to reach agreement on a new CBA, the union must commit to the collective bargaining process fully and in good faith," NBA deputy commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Adam Silver said in a statement released by the league.


Union chief Billy Hunter reacted to the court filings later Tuesday.


"The litigation tactics of the NBA today are just another example of their bad faith bargaining,” he said to the media in New York,” and we will seek the complete dismissal of the actions as they are totally without merit."


The owners are seeking to head off a plan by the union to decertify so that it can file an antitrust lawsuit against the league. This was similar to the tactic used by the NFL Players Union when it decertified during its recent lockout. The NFL, however, ended up settling its differences out of court after four and a half months.


But it doesn’t look like the dispute between the NBA and its players will end so soon and certainly not as peacefully.


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Written by Terrance Harris


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