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NBA says players union’s NLRB charges have “no merit”

May 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

David Stern AP

As PBT told you Tuesday, the NBA players union has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing the league and owners of not negotiating in good faith. They accused the owners of “making harsh, inflexible, and grossly regressive ‘takeaway’ demands” and just about everything else they could think of.

As expected, the league sent out a release saying, in essence, the union is full of it.

“There is no merit to the charge filed today by the Players Association with the National Labor Relations Board, as we have complied and will continue to comply — with all of our obligations under the federal labor laws,” the NBA said in the statement. “It will not distract us from our efforts to negotiate in good faith a new collective bargaining agreement with the Players Association.

Bottom line, this feels like both sides are really digging in for what will be a long and ugly battle. I hope not, but steps like this are killing my already limited optimism.

  1. hail2tharedskins - May 25, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    No reason for optimism.

  2. silencegooddoer - May 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

    After the circus last summer, what did the players union think was going to happen? The NBA players have no solidarity whatsoever! LeBron was even quoted stating that he thought the league should contract because there were not enough good players to fill up all the rosters. With the new preference the players have for collusion; the league has already been reduced to 4 or 5 relevant teams. After this off-season it will most likely worsen. This means 25 or better multi-million dollar franchise owners watched their investments spiral to a fraction of what they used to be. They are going to counter-attack that to protect that from ever happening again in the very near future. In fact, if the Heat do win the title, this may be their only one once the new agreement forces them to drop a max contract player.

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