Breaking News: NBA Players Union Rejects NBA’s latest offer putting 2011-2012 Season in Jeopardy

Posted on November 14, 2011

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By Geoff Ratliff

It’s officially on; or off if we’re getting technical here. Earlier this afternoon, the NBA Players Union officially announced that it  was rejecting the owners’ latest proposal and moving forward with an antitrust lawsuit against the NBA, putting the 2011-2012 season in serious jeopardy. This move came as a shock to the owners who questioned the players resolve, and to David Stern, who immediately took to the airwaves by doing an interview with ESPN and not so subtlety blasting NBAPA Executive Director Billy Hunter calling the decision an “irresponsible action”. Hunter fired back by stating that the NBA ‘s latest offer was “extremely unfair” and that the union would not cave to the NBA’s ultimatum.

I’m by no means an expert on the details of the latest collective bargaining agreement offered up by the NBA, but a lot of the opinions that I’ve read or heard from people who’ve followed these negotiations closely indicate that the latest offer was fair to the players, and even a casual fan knows that the current system is extremely broken. The unfortunate part of this though, is that there are undoubtedly a lot of players who are financially unprepared to play this thing to the bone. Sure there are opportunities for some to play overseas, but not all 450 players will have that luxury. There will be blood, and I sincerely hope that this strategy pays off in a deal that really fix what ails the league, because if not, this whole thing will have resulted in a financial and public relations nightmare.

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