Entries in Players Association (3)


NBA Players Reject Owners' Offer

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The NBA Players' Association announced Monday it has rejected the owners' latest offer to end the NBA lockout, and will disband as a union.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter says the players will file a disclaimer of interest and begin the process of anti-trust litigation against the league after receiving a so-called "ultimatum" from Commissioner David Stern and the owners in their proposal last week. In an open-forum interview on Twitter Sunday night, Stern said a decertification of the union would result in voided contracts.

At issue between the two sides is a gap on several "system" items, including restrictions on taxpaying teams that Stern says will create a more competitive league. The players contend they have made more than enough concessions, such as a proposed seven-point drop from their 57 percent share of basketball-related income under the previous collective bargaining agreement.

The league's latest offer included a scheduled start date for Dec. 15 under the format of a 72-game season.

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Players Association Decertifies, NFL Declares Lockout

Jonathan Ernst/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Federal courts will have to decide what happens next in the labor impasse situation involving the NFL and its players. On Friday evening, the NFL Players Association opted not to agree to a new collective bargaining agreement, choosing instead to go the decertification route.

Decertification means the Players Association has dissolved itself as a union, making it possible for 10 players to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees. The lawsuit by the players claims the league is denying them the ability to market their services. The NFL has responded by declaring a lockout.

Friday’s actions came following 17 days of negotiations between the two sides to try to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, as football fans wait to see if football will be played next season. Following the decertifying action, both sides continue to point fingers, blaming each other for why a deal hasn’t been reached. The main issue splitting the two sides deals with revenue and how it is to be divided.

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Super Bowl XLV: Last Chance to Watch NFL Before Labor Stoppage?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DALLAS) -- On Sunday millions of people around the world will tune in to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV. But could this be the last National Football League game for some time?

The current labor contract between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, the players' union, expires March 4. Unless a new agreement is reached, the league could be headed for a work stoppage. That means no spring practice, no free agency deals and, potentially, no 2011 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said repeatedly in Dallas Friday that the owners and league are committed to reaching an agreement before the deadline.

The standoff between the league, team owners and players centers on two key issues. First, there's revenue sharing. NFL players currently receive 60 percent of the league's $9 billion in annual revenue, but team owners say that's unsustainable, given the economic downturn. They want to reduce the players' share by 9 percent to 18 percent.

Second, there's the schedule. The league wants to add two more regular season games, for a total of 18. Players say that would increase their risk of injury, and they deserve compensation.

Goodell was scheduled to meet with officials from the NFL Players' Association on Saturday, the first formal negotiating session since November. The NFL commissioner met with the head of the players union, DeMaurice Smith, in New York Monday.

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