There I was reading David Stern’s memo to the players that set the record straight against the “great deal of inaccurate information published about the NBA’s proposal in the press and over social media” when twitter exploded with word that the player’s union had rejected the league’s latest offer on Monday and will begin the process to disband the union and pursue antitrust lawsuits against the league.
According to Derek Fisher, the decision to reject the offer was unanimous by the players. “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.”
Billy Hunter announced that the players have filed an anti-trust disclaimer against the league and its owners, which reportedly turns the NBPA from a union into a trade association effectively immediately.
“We’ve arrived at the conclusion that the collective bargaining process has completely broken down,” Billy Hunter said. “We’re prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA… That’s the best situation where players can get their due process.”
“This is where it stops for us as a union” – Derek Fisher.
So there we are. I don’t know enough about collective bargaining and labor law (and by that I mean I don’t know anything) to have any idea if we’ve passed the point of no return on the 2011-12 season or if there is still time for the two sides to come to a last minute agreement. And of course the way things have been moving during these negotiations, that agreement would have to come on the back of a flying unicorn because it’s such a fantasy at this point.
Hope you enjoy football and college basketball.
More on the decision to blow up the union from CBS Sports.