That’s right the NBA Players Association has rejected the latest deal on the table from the league, and have begun the process to disband the union and file an antitrust lawsuit against the league.
The union executive director, Billy Hunter, said the players were not prepared to accept NBA commissioner David Stern’s ultimatum, saying they thought it was “extremely unfair.”
“This is the best decision for the players,” union president Derek Fisher said. “I want to reiterate that point, that a lot of individual players have a lot of things personally at stake in terms of their careers and where they stand. And right now they feel it’s important — we all feel it’s important to all our players, not just the ones in this room, but our entire group — that we not only try to get a deal done for today but for the body of NBA players that will come into this league over the next decade and beyond.”
The next steps…
NBPA will proceed with converting to a trade association and that all players will be represented in a class-action suit against the NBA by attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and David Boies, who were on opposite sides of the NFL labor dispute, Kessler working for the players, Boies for the league.
The NBA’s last work stoppage reduced the 1998-99 season to 50 games. Monday marked the 137th day of the lockout; the NFL lockout lasted 136 days.