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August 21, 2012
Simon Gourdine Former NBA executive Simon Gourdine, 72, who became the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports when he was named deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974, died Thursday in Englewood, N.J. The NBA confirmed his death but did not release the cause. Gourdine helped negotiate a labor deal that created free agency in the NBA in 1976 and helped the league absorb the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, New York (now New Jersey) Nets and Denver Nuggets from the upstart ABA. He left the NBA in 1981 but returned to pro basketball in 1990 as general counsel for the National Basketball Players Assn.
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February 20, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Last tango in L.A. or anywhere? So much for All-Star Weekend 2011, also known as Happy Hour. There were moving moments like Jerry West's ceremony, exciting ones when Blake Griffin did anything. Management and labor didn't exchange as much as a snicker, even when Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter were asked about each other. You could call it a charade, or good manners to avoid discussing the problems of the rich and famous while celebrating the golden goose, er, game.
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February 20, 2011 | Mark Heisler
Last tango in L.A. or anywhere? So much for All-Star Weekend 2011, also known as Happy Hour. There were moving moments like Jerry West's ceremony, exciting ones when Blake Griffin did anything. Management and labor didn't exchange as much as a snicker, even when Commissioner David Stern and union director Billy Hunter were asked about each other. You could call it a charade, or good manners to avoid discussing the problems of the rich and famous while celebrating the golden goose, er, game.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2012
Simon Gourdine Former NBA executive Simon Gourdine, 72, who became the highest-ranking black executive in professional sports when he was named deputy commissioner of the NBA in 1974, died Thursday in Englewood, N.J. The NBA confirmed his death but did not release the cause. Gourdine helped negotiate a labor deal that created free agency in the NBA in 1976 and helped the league absorb the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, New York (now New Jersey) Nets and Denver Nuggets from the upstart ABA. He left the NBA in 1981 but returned to pro basketball in 1990 as general counsel for the National Basketball Players Assn.
SPORTS
February 14, 1990
Simon Gourdine, former deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the NBA, was named general counsel of the NBA Players Assn.
SPORTS
June 14, 1995 | Associated Press
Trying to avoid a lockout that could start as early as Thursday, NBA owners and players met again Tuesday. The two sides had returned to the bargaining table Monday, the same day it was reported the league intended to lock out its players after the finals if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached by then.
SPORTS
February 1, 1997 | Associated Press
NBA Commissioner David Stern will decide early next week whether Dennis Rodman can return to the Chicago Bulls after the All-Star break. Stern and Rodman met Friday at the NBA offices, and decided an arbitrator will rule on whether Rodman can go to arbitration in attempt to get back more than $1.1 million in pay lost during the suspension. "It was a positive meeting," union head Bill Hunter said. "We were trying to get some resolution.
SPORTS
June 20, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The agents' advisory committee to the NBA Players Assn. has accused the union's executive director, Simon Gourdine, of hiding the details of an agreement with the league from his membership. A Monday meeting of player representatives in Chicago to vote on the deal was postponed until Friday. A meeting in New York of the NBA's board of governors, set for today, also has been postponed. It isn't known if the postponements are merely procedural or whether the deal is blowing up.
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August 2, 1995 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to re-unify NBA players, Michael Jordan, a leader in the movement to decertify their union, reportedly met with Charles Smith, a member of the union's board of directors, at a secret location in Southern California on Monday night. Jordan has been in Los Angeles making a movie. Smith flew in Monday, as did the union's executive director, Simon Gourdine.
SPORTS
June 23, 1995 | From Associated Press
One-third of the NBA's players went forward Thursday with their effort to decertify the union, the day before team owners and player representatives were to vote on a new labor agreement. An attorney for Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Scottie Pippen and other dissident players submitted to the National Labor Relations Board the names of more than 100 players wanting to decertify. The union has 324 members, and at least 30% must ask the NLRB to hold a decertification election.
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