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  1. New report suggests financial, ethical issues at NBA players union

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    UPDATE 6:39 pm: Union Executive Director Billy Hunter released a statement. What you think of it pretty much describes what you think of Hunter. Here it is in its entirety: “The NBPA is currently reviewing the full independent special report simultaneous with the public. While I strongly disagree with some of the findings contained in…

  2. NBA Players union to file grievance over new flopping rules

    Oct 3, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, flop

    When asked, players generally have been supportive of the new NBA anti-flopping rules and fines that were announced by the league office on Wednesday. Because they all think they have been victimized by floppers (but would never do it themselves). The players’ union, not so happy. The union has filed a grievance with the league…

  3. Billy Hunter made $3 million last year, landed a 25 percent raise during lockout

    Sep 29, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    USA Today discovered a department of labor filing with regards to Billy Hunter’s salary with the NBPA last year, much of which was spent during the lockout of the NBPA by the owners in the labor dispute. Mr. Hunter did quite well for himself. National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter was paid $3…

  4. Billy Hunter speaks regarding nepotism issue, tumult in union

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s been a mess. NBA players union president Derek Fisher wanted not just an audit but a full business review of the union’s practices, something he said he got approved by a quorum of the executive committee — the New York Times got the minutes of that call which said there was 5-0 vote in…

  5. Report: NBA players union paid $4.8 million to director’s family members, their firms

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    And now we see what is at the heart of the current NBA players union fight — nepotism concerns. This is already a fight where union president Derek Fisher pushed for an audit and Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union executive committee to call off the audit and call for Fisher to resign. And…

  6. Derek Fisher fires back at union officials who tried to oust him

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    This is getting ugly. First NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher convinced the executive committee of the union to do a full-scale audit of the union and its business. Then union executive director Billy Hunter convinced the executive committee to both kill that audit and ask Fisher to resign. He refused. They asked again on…

  7. Fisher asked to resign as players’ union president in fight for soul of organization

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    During the NBA lockout there were rumors and reports of conflict between NBA players union president Derek Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter. They pushed and pulled in different ways. But for the sake of the negotiations, they tried for the most part to present a unified front. But now those cracks have deepened…

  8. NBA labor deal officially approved, camps set to open

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In all the excitement over Chris Paul going to the Lakers Chris Paul staying with the New Orleans Hornets, one little thing happened on Thursday not many people noticed: The players and owners approved the new NBA labor deal. It is in place and training camps are set to open Friday (even if not everyone…

  9. More details of labor deal NBA players are voting on

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    For the players, the polls have opened. NBA owners will vote on the new NBA Collective Bargaining Ageement on Thursday. Both sides are expected to pass this — not unanimously but clearly — and by Friday we can talk trades and training camp. But first, one last look at what the two sides are voting…

  10. NBA players will vote on new labor deal Wednesday

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    The polls open on Wednesday. By Friday, we will have basketball. (Well, training camps and free agency, at least.) That is the schedule for the week, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. After some marathon bargaining sessions over the weekend — 28 hours of talks over two days, a source told ProBasketballTalk — the…

  11. NBA league offices, union to meet Friday to seal deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    For once, there is no reason to dread the NBA owners and players getting together for a negotiation. Friday in New York the two sides will sit down to hammer out the details remaining on a labor deal that is expected to be finished and presented to both the owners and players for separate votes…

  12. It’s official — there is an NBA players’ union again

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    And to the joy and relief of us all, there is again an NBA players’ union. Actually, if you want to see NBA games on Christmas, it’s a good thing that a majority of NBA players voted to reform the union. Actually, well over a majority, with more than 300 of the roughly 450 members…

  13. Billy Hunter outlines labor deal, steps remaining in memo

    Nov 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    You have questions… but mostly they revolve around finding a way for your favorite team to trade for Dwight Howard or maybe Rajon Rondo. NBA players have questions about the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, too. Theirs mostly revolve around, “When can we get back to work and get paid? And how much are we…

  14. Great, we have a handshake deal. So now what happens?

    Nov 26, 2011, 7:27 PM EDT

    NBA Labor Basketball

    David Stern and Billy Hunter shook hands. Figuratively, but there is a handshake deal in place for an NBA labor settlement. The framework for a full blown new NBA collective bargaining agreement is in place. But that is a long way from an actual signed deal and NBA games starting on Christmas Day. So, what…

  15. Video: David Stern, Billy Hunter talk NBA labor deal

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    In case you were not one of us up at 3 a.m. (Eastern, there are advantages to my West Coast perch some days) here is the video of David Stern and Billy Hunter talking about the tentative NBA labor deal early Saturday morning when it was announced. Both are lawyers and both choose their words…

  16. What was finally decided with those “thorny” system issues?

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    It was the most confounding part of this constantly confounding NBA lockout. The owners and players got to a point a few weeks ago where they essentially agreed on the money side of the equation — how to split up the revenue coming into the league — but could not get close on the “system”…

  17. Draft age limit, other “B-list” issues still to be resolved

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    There are still some big issues sitting out there unresolved in the NBA labor talks. At what age can players declare for the NBA draft? Keep it at 19 (the one-and-dones) or move it to 20? Or 18? Then there are the specifics of the NBA drug testing policies. And the rules in the unlikely…

  18. NBA owners won. Big. But the players can live with it.

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    CORRECTED VERSION - NBA And Player's Association Meet To Negotiate CBA

    As the talk starts to build of all the little concessions the NBA players got in the last week to make an NBA labor deal happen in time for games on Christmas day, remember this: The owners won. In a massive way. This is an Attila the Hun sweeping through Eastern Europe kind of win…

  19. Owners have a lot to prove in the life of this CBA

    Nov 26, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    It’s over, and now we have to look back and survey the wreckage. 480 games lost. Millions of dollars in league revenue, local economy revenue, player salaries. Fans hurt by the way the league and players left them behind in pursuit of more money. Momentum lost after the most exciting season in over a decade.…

  20. What we know about the deal that ended the lockout so far

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    It’s less than eight hours after a bleary-eyed group of executives and attorneys shuffled into a small conference room at a New York office building to deliver the news: a tentative deal is in place. The lockout is over. Now begins the process of unraveling what happened and how, and determining what the new CBA…

  21. Why a deal now? Pressure from the calendar, mostly

    Nov 26, 2011, 5:02 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    After two years of negotiations, after 149 days of NBA lockout, after so many marathon negotiating sessions that we all lost track, the NBA reached a deal about 3 a.m. Saturday morning. That’s great news, we were all sick of taking BRI and escrow and luxury taxes. But after all that, why now? Because the…

  22. NBA owners, players reach tentative deal, games to begin Dec. 25

    Nov 26, 2011, 3:34 AM EDT

    Billy Hunter David Stern

    Finally, we are going to have NBA basketball again. After more than 15 hours of negotiations Friday into Saturday morning (following a week of secretive talks), the NBA owners and players have reached a handshake deal on a new collective bargaining agreement the sides announced. (Ken Berger at CBSSports.com broke the story.) “We’ve reached a…

  23. NBA labor meetings rolling along with little word

    Nov 25, 2011, 7:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    If you’re desperately looking for good news out of the NBA labor talks, after nearly eight hours of negotiations on Friday there is almost no news out of the room. No news may be good news, or at least a sign that the two sides have gotten serious. There have always seemed to be leaks…

  24. NBA labor talks resume Friday with Fisher, escrow talk

    Nov 25, 2011, 8:43 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    Friday talks will resume as the NBA owners and players try to reach a labor deal in time to save games on Christmas and have a 66-game season. After talks have seemed close to a deal so many times only to blow up it’s hard to get too optimistic, but there seems to be a…

  25. Conflicting reports on what owners want: Deal or ultimatum?

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks to reporters in New York

    Lots of rumors flying around about the NBA negotiations over the last 24 hours and what the owners exactly will push for — there has always been a divide among ownership on what exactly they want, and that gulf seems to be widening. Whether that gulf is wide enough to kill efforts to get a…

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