By: Todd Burach, Ruling Sports Contributor (Twitter: @ToddBurach) By most accounts, LeBron James took over the decisive National Basketball Players Association Meeting at All Star Weekend in Houston as he would the fourth quarter of a playoff game. You can imagine the familiar look in his eye as if to say ‘this game has gone on too long, and I’m about to end it.’ On Saturday, February … Continue reading Job Opening: Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association
By: Richard Braun, Ruling Sports Intern (Twitter: @RicBraun) When the Nets traded for Joe Johnson last night, Dwight Howard’s desire to move to Brooklyn took a major hit. As a result, if he wants to maximize his future earnings, Howard is going to need to be open-minded about his future home. Howard’s next contract will almost certainly be for the maximum salary allowed under the NBA … Continue reading Which Team Will Sign Dwight Howard?
From 1988-95, Charles Grantham served as the first executive director of the NBPA. Grantham rose to the ranks of executive director after beginning work with the NBPA upon completing his MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to holding the position of executive director, Grantham served as the NBPA’s vice president of marketing and administration and executive vice president. The vast … Continue reading Former NBPA Executive Director Charles Grantham’s Analysis of the New NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement
Nearly eight years ago, while playing for the Indiana Pacers, Ron Artest was handed the longest suspension in NBA history for his part in the “Malice in the Palace” brawl between the Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. As a result of that suspension, Artest missed a total of 86 games. Yesterday, Artest who recently changed his name to Metta World Peace, was ejected from the … Continue reading NBA Suspensions and Appeals
For many NBA fans, the news which came at the end of Thanksgiving weekend that the NBA and players had reached a tentative settlement agreement to the antitrust litigation filed by Carmelo Anthony and others, was likely the whipped cream on the pumpkin pie. In other words, it was good news. While all signs point to a new collective bargaining agreement being reached later this … Continue reading An Uneventful Start: The Beginning of the NBA Free Agent Contact Period
In the early days of the NBA lockout, NBA Commissioner David Stern referred to the possible decertification of the NBPA as a union as the “nuclear decision.” Yesterday, after the NBA asserted that it was finished negotiating, players and NBPA representatives reviewed the most recent deal presented to them. The players rejected the deal. Subsequently, the NBPA disclaimed its interest as the players’ union. Stern … Continue reading Next Steps: The NBPA’s Disclaimer of Interest
Why hasn’t the NBPA decertified as a union and pursued antitrust remedies to end the NBA lockout? The lockout began on July 1, 2011. Since then, some progress toward achieving a new collective bargaining agreement has been made. However, the progress has been slow and steady, with neither side willing to make major concessions. The slow nature of the negotiations is seen in the fact … Continue reading Why Hasn’t the NBPA Decertified as a Union?
A lot can be said about the NBA lockout and the negotiations which have ensued in an attempt to end it and bring a basketball season to millions of fans. However, one thing is certain: The NBPA is a strong union. The NBA lockout has persisted since July 1, 2011–nearly four months. In the course of that time, both sides have met numerous times in … Continue reading Bargaining Power: The Strength of the NBPA
The first two weeks of the 2011-12 NBA season are history, as NBA commissioner David Stern canceled them after the NBA and NBPA were unable to reach a labor resolution by October 10. The two sides have been attempting to negotiate an end to the NBA-imposed lockout, which began on July 1. However, the parties have arguably reached an impasse in negotiations over issues including … Continue reading Where Do They Go From Here: Ending the NBA Lockout
A central issue currently being negotiated between the NBA and NBPA is how to divide basketball-related income (“BRI”) between the parties. In short, BRI is “. . . any income received by the NBA, NBA Properties or NBA Media Ventures.” In the most recent collective bargaining agreement, players earned 57 percent of BRI. Citing huge losses by owners in recent years, from the outset of … Continue reading Magic Number: Where the NBA and NBPA Should Settle the Basketball-Related Income Issue