Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Players pool their demands to try to gain time

After the union leadership would renounce their roles as negotiators, the players acted quickly and filed two complaints against the NBA for violating antitrust laws. One in California and one in Minnesota.

On Monday the players' lawyer, David Boies, withdrew the lawsuit filed in California and announced that the athletes were to join forces in the process that has opened in Minnesota. "It's a matter of time. It is more likely that the process is faster in Minnesota, but I think the result would be the same," Boies said after the news.

A statement with which they disagree in the league. Both the NBA and the franchise owners believe that Boies and his legal team have chosen the Minnesota court because it may be more favorable to their interests, as it was the same court that he acted in the 'lockout' of the NFL and failed to the plaintiffs. "Mr. Boies and his team have tried to transfer the process to a more friendly forum with a lawsuit that has no legal basis," said NBA executive vice president, Rick Buchanan, in a statement.

The federal court in Minnesota has been the scene of the legal battles in the NFL over the past two decades and players have signed a number of victories there. The last, last summer when Judge Susan Richard decreed that the owners had to lift the closure of the League and start the season. A great precedent for the interests of NBA players.

However, Boies insists that it is a matter of time. At first, the California court had set a hearing for February 29 , although the players' lawyers had filed a motion to advance the date. The legal representatives of the Minnesota players expect the preview will be held during the month of December. "In Minnesota are less tight schedule, plus there's a great track record of rapid resolution in cases of this kind," Boies said.

Since there are 14 players who have signed the application, among which are names like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Rajon Rondo or Steve Nash. A complaint that the stars of the NBA claim that "despite the efforts made ​​by the union, including concessions such as the loss of 1,000 million dollars in wages in six years, the NBA, basically, has refused to negotiate" . The League has until Dec. 5 to present their arguments before Judge Patrick Schiltz, responsible for carrying the case.


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