Saturday, November 5, 2011

Players are willing to dissolve the union if there is no solution for the weekend

The sword of Damocles hanging over the heads of players and owners a few hours of starting a new meeting to try to unlock the 'lockout feature that keeps the NBA stop. The threat of some players to start the process of dissolution of the union has become ultimatum. If no agreement before next Monday, will begin to dissolve the partnership actions of players led by Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter. A measure that could end the 'lockout' as it would leave the NBA with no one to negotiate the new agreement.

The 50 players dissidents are willing to start collecting signatures (around 125) to start the dissolution process if you have not reached an agreement during the weekend or if the agreement does not meet their claims ( less than 52% of BRI ). Thus would begin a new and lengthy process. Players 'rebels' would have to get the signature of 30% of NBA players and introduce them to the National Labor Relations Board. If this happens, the agency would open a vote in which at least 50% of the players should be displayed for the dissolution. Only then would dissolve the union and begin a process by which players could present antitrust lawsuits against landlords to force them to reach an agreement.

But the solution is not so simple. At that point, the franchisees and the League itself could also sue the players to this Board alleging bad faith in negotiations and could open a complex legal process that could be extended in time beyond the season.

On the other side of the table are the owners who, despite the ultimatum of the players are not willing to lower their claims with respect to the BRI. While some owners are willing to give in this area, most are unwilling to accept any further concession. Led by Michael Jordan , the smaller franchise owners do not want to hear about a division of BRI than the 50-50 and even Stern has already shown his distaste for players to give more than 47%.

One obstacle, BRI, which by now seems insurmountable. For any of the parties. Because if the owners are not willing to raise its offer, the players do not consider even lower theirs. Billy Hunter , executive director of the union, made ​​it clear hours before starting a new meeting "I do not think there is any circumstance that owners should have more players, "Hunter said that this Saturday will sit in front of their 'enemies' to try to resolve a conflict that has lasted too long.

So much so that even the government has once again intervene. George Cohen will appear again this next morning at the Waldorf Astoria to try to mediate between both parties and end the 'lockout' of the NBA. Although at this point no one is optimistic about this possibility.


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