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A short while ago, pretty much all hope of having a 2011-2012 NBA season was erased when the  players rejected the league's latest offer, and went on to say that they will file an antitrust case against the NBA. They will also begin the process to disband the player's union.
 
NEW YORK -- NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter says the union will not accept the owners' proposed collective bargaining agreement and will instead seek to disband the union, a move that likely jeopardizes the 2011-12 season.

The union, whose members have been locked out since July 1st, also plans to pursue an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA.

"As of this moment, we're going to be in the process of converting the NBA Players Association into a trade association," Hunter said Monday.

Hunter said the union has negotiated in good faith over two years and feels that they have given enough, while the NBA was "not willing and prepared to negotiate."

"The players feel that they are not prepared to accept any ultimatums," Hunter said.

"Going forward, collective bargaining will not be how this process continues for us," added union president Derek Fisher. "We'll let our legal team really lead the charge."

Looks like things are going to get pretty boring around here.

Danielle Hobeika 11/14/2011 02:10:00 PM Edit
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15 Responses so far.

  1. ahh you just beat me, here's my sentence from my post:

    A disbanded union and getting the courts involved = a very long process and ultimately means there will not be a season this year. Please express your frustration in the comments below.

  2. Celtics Fan For Life says:

    This lockout is definatly complete and utter bull shit. I am getting sick of seeing headlines from the NBA involving Billy Hunter, David Stern, Derek Fisher. Its getting every NBA fan sick to there stomach seeing this shit and its like a broken record. They're a bunch of billionaires fighting over money its disgusting. I will always follow the NBA but I'm hoping the NBA loses many fans just to show how pathetic these guys are. If there is no NBA season they will lose millions of dollars...word to the owners AND now the players. Set your egos aside and get a deal done...the only reason why you guys are fighting over this millions of dollars is because of us fans who pay night in and night out to watch you play a game for your living.

  3. Anonymous says:

    OK so owners lost $300 million last season, what do they stand to lose if we are locked out the entire season?

    If rumors are true which teams will not be around for the 2012-2013 due to lack of finances (if what Stern says is true)?

    this all has to do with piss-poor managment by the owners and GM's, I can't blame them alone as certain players are not worth full contracts (the Joe Johnson and Tim Thomas of the league). Some blame has to fall on the agents for pushing for this money. Reduce the length of contracts and the max amount and get a f****** deal done already.....

  4. JR says:

    Pissed off. Stupid NBA scrubs like Fisher, Mason Jr., Ratliff, Bonner, Etan Thomas, Maurice Evans etc deciding the fate of all the NBA players. They threw in the towel before they ever voted on even one proposal. What were they scared the players would vote yes? I feel the majority of the 450 players were not represented by these scrubs.

  5. Anonymous says:

    this is bull and they need to play its not right us fans suffer

  6. tb727 says:

    Not sure why everyone's so bummed out. No season this year means Celtics finish with 17 and the Flakers with 16 titles. Then the world ends in 2012. So Celtics fans win!! Woo-hoo, all-time greatest NBA franchise, 17 beats 16 any which way you cut it!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Bye Bye season...what a shame

  8. shelbyl says:

    I'm sad to see the season go, obviously. But on principle, I'm with the players. Not because they are mistake-free, but because at least they have been negotiating honestly and openly since the beginning. The owners were just acting like spoiled kids, making ridiculous offers. The offer that they presented as an ultimatum was the first one that was actually plausible and should have been their opening offer if they had good intentions. Well, this is what you get.

    PS: Owners like Cuban and Arison are exempt from my cursing. The guys at least did sth to knock some sense into Stern, and paid ridiculous fines just because they talked.

  9. JR says:

    Well said shelbyl.

    Tired of hearing Stern say the owners negotiated in "good faith." Waiting 4 and a half months into the lockout to finally offer something that isn't as draconian isn't good faith. And saying that if the players don't accept then it's back to the bendover offer isn't good faith negotiating.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Unless they play each other in hell.

    tb727 says: November 14, 2011 4:36 PM Reply Not sure why everyone's so bummed out. No season this year means Celtics finish with 17 and the Flakers with 16 titles. Then the world ends in 2012. So Celtics fans win!! Woo-hoo, all-time greatest NBA franchise, 17 beats 16 any which way you cut it!

  11. tb727 says:

    Last Anonymous, I may favor the Flakers then, since Bean will be there considering what he did to that poor Colorado girl...

  12. JR says:

    Odom is already living in hell fwiw (being married to that Kardashian beast).

  13. DH says:

    I literally spit my water out after reading the comments about the games in hell. You guys are hilarious.

  14. Anonymous says:

    lock out sucks.!!!!!!

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