April 27, 2012 |
The federal government is investigating the business practices of the NBA players' union. The union confirmed Friday it has received a subpoena for documents from the U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan and says it will cooperate with the investigation. The NBPA also said in a statement that it has appointed a special committee to oversee an internal inquiry, including a financial audit. Recent reports have questioned the NBPA's finances and spending practices, largely having to do with the hiring of family members and firms that employ relatives of Executive Director Billy Hunter . Hunter says he will cooperate with the internal inquiry, but will not be in involved in the effort so it remains independent.
January 16, 2012 |
While the NHL and NHL Players Assn. squabble over last season's hockey-related revenue and future realignment, Rene Fasel watches from afar and hopes their disagreements won't spill over to include NHL players' participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Fasel, president of the Switzerland-based International Ice Hockey Federation and a member of the International Olympic Committee's executive board, avidly supports NHL players' competing in the Winter Games. He helped negotiate the deal that allowed NHL stars to represent their homelands for the first time at Nagano, Japan, in 1998, making it a marquee event there and in Salt Lake City; Turin, Italy; and Vancouver, Canada.
January 6, 2012 |
Hostility between the NHL and the NHL Players' Assn. erupted Friday, eight months before their labor agreement expires but apparently not too soon for each side to claim moral high ground and court public sympathy. The first salvo was fired by the NHL, which announced it will not implement the realignment and revised playoff format its Board of Governors had approved for the 2012-13 season. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement that the union "unreasonably refused" to approve the plan and the league will now "evaluate all of our available legal options.
November 29, 2011 |
The NBA isn't officially ready for business, but its doors will open soon. Beginning Thursday, players can use team training facilities for voluntary workouts, according to a league memo to team officials. The facilities will be open to all players who are currently in the NBA, including free agents and players who were selected in the amateur draft last June. Players may use any team's practice facility, but coaches and front-office officials can't be present for workouts.
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.
November 11, 2011 |
David Stern repeated the phrase almost a half-dozen times in his Thursday night news conference. "We await the response from the union," the NBA commissioner said, throwing the lockout ball onto the players' court while teasing them with the premise of a possible 72-game season. The owners have made their best offer, Stern implied, and it's up to the players whether there's going to be basketball this season. But Stern might not like the union's response. The early returns show mostly scorn.
November 10, 2011 |
The Dallas Cowboys are working to complete a deal to return their training camp to Oxnard. Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones said the team looks forward to returning to California next year. The deal would be for at least three years. The Cowboys have trained in Oxnard five times, the last in 2010 when they split camp between Oxnard and San Antonio. Camp this year was in San Antonio. Union proposes study of HGH levels in players The NFL players' union has proposed conducting a study of players that accurately reflects the natural level of HGH in their systems.
November 8, 2011 |
It was the players' turn to strike back at the NBA lockout. Forty-three of them met Tuesday in New York and floated an easy-to-decipher message to NBA owners: Thanks but no thanks. The latest offer from the owners to end the 132-day lockout was rejected again by the players' union. "We were able to get an extremely specific and focused gauge on where our players stand at this point," union President Derek Fisher said at a news conference. "Our orders are clear: Right now, the current offer that is on the table from the NBA is not one that we can accept.
November 5, 2011 |
Setting the stage for four days of intense contemplation, NBA Commissioner David Stern late Saturday told players they had until the end of Wednesday to accept a deal that would provide them between 49% and 51% of basketball-related income as part of a new collective bargaining agreement. Stern spoke at the end of an 8½-hour negotiating session presided over by federal mediator George Cohen, who made six compromise suggestions to players and owners. Stern said the owners were willing to adopt five of the proposals but that the players' union flatly rejected them.
November 4, 2011 |
Just in case the negotiations between NBA players and owners this weekend needed added pressure ... Frustrated by the lack of progress in talks to end the 127-day lockout, some players are considering an appeal to the National Labor Relations Board to decertify the National Basketball Players Assn., an extreme legal step that could take months to sort out and would threaten the entire 2011-12 NBA season. If the union decertifies, players could then sue the NBA under U.S. antitrust laws.