Frustrated by an inability to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement with owners, some NBA players have sought the advice of an antitrust attorney on the possibility of decertifying the National Basketball Players' Association. Such a maneuver would likely be followed by the filing of a class action antitrust lawsuit against the league and it would make the cancellation of the 2011-12 NBA more probable.
Of all the people who could have walked through the lobby at the latest NBA lockout meeting, none other than actor Bill Murray was said to be seen at the New York hotel where the fate of the season was being determined yet again.
When word came down Monday that an ownership lockout would cancel at least the first two weeks of this year's NBA season, players' association president and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Derek Fisher had a three-word response.
With the NBA lockout nearing the end of its first month, questions are swirling about the effect a prolonged work stoppage will have on the players. Without team activities or a summer league, will they stay in shape? Will many of them run into financial problems because they don't receive a paycheck in November? Because of these two issues, will they go play overseas?
From partisan battles in the U.S. government to player-owner clashes in professional sports, it looks like the entire nation is stuck in gridlock. But if today's logjam seems like a product of its times, it's not.
NEW YORK -- The best of times and the worst of times have married and become this one paradoxical time. On Thursday afternoon, three weeks after the least predictable and most entertaining of seasons, the NBA promised to exercise its long-anticipated threat to lock out the players. Instead of building upon the recent success, the league is risking cancellation of the entire 2011-12 season.
Union chief Billy Hunter said Thursday afternoon that "the lockout will happen tonight" after players and owners failed to reach a new collective bargaining agreement. With the current CBA set to expire at midnight tonight, here are the most pressing issues facing the league.
Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck was raised in Alabama, and he knows Tuscaloosa and its surroundings very well. At least he used to. He spent two days there last week on a mercy mission after a series of 12 tornadoes hit the area April 27, killing at least 236 people and destroying entire towns.
U.S. District Judge Susan Nelson's decision Monday to enjoin the NFL's lockout is a major setback for the league, which had had hoped to use the lockout to force players into agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement that would substantially reduce players' earning capacity. While the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which will review Judge Nelson's order, may provide renewed life to the lockout, NFL players are now poised to avoid the most onerous concessions.
March is typically not the time for football fans to give much thought to the upcoming season. But this is not a typical year, and fans who want to see games start as normal this fall have good reason to be worried.
Editor's note: Friday afternoon, the NFLPA and owners agreed to extend the Collective Bargaining Agreement for another week; it now expires at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, March 11th. This has encouraged some optimism, though the song remains the same: if no new terms are reached, the NFLPA could decertify and a lockout remains possible. Read on to learn the ripple effect a lockout would have.
The NFL and the Players Association agreed Thursday to extend the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement by 24 hours, until 11:59 p.m. Friday, as they try to hammer out a new agreement. Here are some issues to keep in mind as the situation unfolds.
Five days after saying he was unprepared to put his thumb on the scales of collective-bargaining negotiations between the NFL's owners and players, U.S. District Judge David Doty did just that Tuesday by reversing an earlier ruling that would have granted the owners access to $4 billion in television revenues during a lockout.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Football fans seeking a resolution to the labor impasse between the NFL's owners and players have spent the past seven days eyeballing Washington in hopes that the federally mediated talks will lead to a new collective bargaining agreement.
The NFL Players Association and owners are beginning to cast warning shots in what could become a bitter labor feud by next March. Commissioner Roger Goodell said at the league's recent rookie symposium that he'd like to see more tangible progress in the labor negotiations. Translation: The NFLPA is dragging its feet.