July 26, 2011 |
As the NFL wrapped up its lengthy off-season collective-bargaining battle, the NBA's lockout of its players continued Tuesday with no progress in sight. One major sports labor deal down, one to go. As the NFL wrapped up its lengthy off-season collective-bargaining battle, the NBA's lockout of its players continued Tuesday with no progress in sight. "If there's one thing us labor lawyers know -- and the public will see in this [NBA] case -- there's nothing like the prospect of deadlines, in this case, missing games, that forces action," said Seth Borden, a partner in employment and labor law for the Washington, D.C.-based firm McKenna Long and Aldridge.
July 2, 2011 |
Oh, no, am I here all alone? Actually, the world didn't end when the NBA locked its players out. The NBA didn't even end, even if it felt as if was about to as darkness moved across the land. I have nothing against doomsday scenarios ... but if that's all that's out there, something had better be coming to an end, or it's just the media chasing its tail again. With months of this idiocy left, let's see how close we can come to some actual perspective: Who's pushing this, owners or players?
November 26, 2011 |
It took 149 days and countless hours of hand-wringing, but the NBA lockout finally appears to be over. Representatives for owners and players pushed back from the negotiating table after agreeing on the framework of a deal early Saturday morning in New York, creating the foundation for a 66th NBA season. Prospects of an agreement were rocky as recently as last week when the players dissolved their union, but the 2011-12 season was scheduled to start Christmas Day, NBA Commissioner David Stern said.
May 16, 2013 |
Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round in the Byron Nelson Championship at Irving, Texas. Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday. "It was going right at it. [A 59] crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said. "But I had three feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it. " Bradley shot 10-under-par 60, completed by that short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Nelson.
October 7, 2011 |
The NBA players' association wanted a meeting and said the league would grant one — under one condition. Just agree first to a 50-50 split of revenues. Players already rejected that offer once. The league confirmed it wasn't moving beyond that number but wanted to meet about other issues, and it said the union wasn't interested. All that matters: An on-time start to the NBA season now seems even less likely. Commissioner David Stern has said the league will cancel the first two weeks of the regular season if the sides can't reach a labor agreement by Monday, and it now appears the sides won't even talk before then.
November 14, 2011 |
The prospects for a 2011-12 NBA season might have ended Monday. The 138th day of the NBA lockout failed to land a deal between players and owners, prompting Commissioner David Stern's ominous midday statement that the season was "now in jeopardy. " The players' union began the process of disbanding and filed a "disclaimer of interest" so it could soon deliver a more weighty document — an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA in which players could claim the league conspired to prevent them from marketing themselves and making a living.
October 21, 2011 |
Thirty men, 30 opinions. The NBA owners presiding over the league's increasingly bitter lockout of players aren't united behind the idea that it's better to lose an entire season rather than accept a bad labor deal. For now, however, the hawks outnumber the more conciliatory owners, such as the Lakers' Jerry Buss, the New York Knicks' James Dolan, the Miami Heat's Micky Arison and the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban. Billy Hunter, executive director of the players' union, said those four want to make a deal.
January 17, 2013 |
A report on the investigation into the NBA players' union's business activities showed that Billy Hunter, its executive director, did nothing illegal but his actions might not have been in the best interests of the players. An eight-month review, which was released Thursday by the firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, discovered that Hunter "acted in a manner inconsistent with his fiduciary obligations to the NBPA. As a result, at times he entangled the union in actual or potential conflicts of interest, failed adequately to disclose those conflicts and took inappropriate advantage of his position as executive director.
February 1, 2013 |
The NBA Players Assn. announced Friday that union chief Billy Hunter, who has headed the union since 1996, has been placed on an indefinite leave of absence. In a memo sent to players Friday morning, union president Derek Fisher said: "This organization has been disrupted and we will no longer tolerate it. Immediate action was necessary and taken to protect you. " Union general counsel Ron Klempner has taken over as interim executive director. The NBA Players Assn. hired the independent firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP to look into Hunter's leadership of the union and a report last month found that Hunter's five-year, $15 million contract was never properly approved, his hiring practices were suspect and it questioned his spending on travel and gifts. "Unfortunately, it appears that Union management has lost sight of the NBPA's only task, to serve the best interests of their membership," Fisher said in the statement.