Well, now the lawyers are winning. Again.
Today the NBA filed suit against the players union for "unfair labor practices." They also filed a charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
In response to the report, NBA analyst David Aldridge stated, "I am not optimistic that season will start on time."
You think so? Quite a reach, Dave.
The story goes on to describe the acrimony between the two sides that could remind one of another recent battle between two opposing sides that need to work together for the common good, instead of continuing their own privatewar:
Both actions are reactions to recent threats by the players' union that were hampering negotiations, the NBA said in a statement.
Vague. But David Stern Jr. er Adam Silver had this to say:
"These claims were filed in an effort to eliminate the use of impermissible pressure tactics by the union which are impeding the parties' ability to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement."
Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. Yadda, yadda, yadda.
Remember several years ago when the NHL found itself in a lockout situation? The rancor was so heavy from players and fans alike towards Gary Bettman, threats were made on his and his family's lives. I can't help but think the public perception of Silver and Stern is that of two arrogant little men prohibiting a fans desire to watch their favorite game and watch their favorite players. Maybe it isn't perception, maybe reality, nevertheless, they are very capable of doing some serious, irreparable damage to the league's reputation.
The people won't stand for it.
Links to the story:
NBA: Nothing But Attorneys?: Wojo/Yahoo