In the latest and final breakdown between players and the league, the NBPA has decided to dissolve their union in order to pursue antitrust violations against the league.
“The players feel they’re not prepared to accept any ultimatum,” said NBPA executive director Billy Hunter in reference to the latest league offer, which proposed a 50/50 split of a total $4 billion pot of basketball revenue and a firm salary cap, or resort to an inferior 53/47 deal. By disbanding, players are now able to legally challenge the 137-day lockout…but not without some foreboding from NBA commissioner David Stern. Earlier, Stern said to ESPN: “We’re about to go into the nuclear winter of the NBA.”
Are you surprised it’s come to this? Was there another way? What now?
J.A. Adande, senior writer, ESPN.com; adjunct professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism