Job Opening: Executive Director, National Basketball Players Association

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

Which Team Will Sign Dwight Howard?

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?

Former NBPA Executive Director Charles Grantham’s Analysis of the New NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement

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

NBA Suspensions and Appeals

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

An Uneventful Start: The Beginning of the NBA Free Agent Contact Period

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

Next Steps: The NBPA’s Disclaimer of Interest

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?

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?