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NBA’s international crisis

August 3 Houston Chronicle

During the great NBA lockout of ’98, Houston was hot. Los Angeles was, as always, fashionable. Chicago and Atlanta drew their share of NBA talent.  More than a decade later, stateside pickup games seem very 1998.  With the lockout of 2011 a month old, the hot spots are considerably more far flung, from Istanbul to Beijing, and Treviso to Shanghai.

August 3New York Post

The NBA lockout war intensified yesterday when the league filed two lawsuits against the Players Association for failing to bargain in good faith by threatening to “decertify” the union.  The legal chess comes one day after dour commissioner David Stern alleged to reporters after a fruitless three-hour negotiating session that the union was not bargaining in good faith.  One suit was filed with the National Labor Relations Board, the other with federal district court.

After three-hour labor meeting, still no positive signs for NBA

August 3

If anything can be gleaned from the nearly three-hour meeting that got union honchos Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher into a room with NBA commissioner David Stern and his No. 2, Adam Silver, it is this: It would be pretty stunning if the 2011-12 season starts on time.  It was supposed to be a quick meeting on Monday, one that helped set the table for further discussions later this month—and, indeed, there will be further discussions, with the two sides attempting to find a way to meet on back-to-back days. (As an aside, why can’t they meet, say, Wednesday and Thursday of this week? Do they really have more important things to do?) The meeting was supposed to be so non-eventful that Stern was not planning to address the media afterward.

NBA files unfair labor practice charge, lawsuit against NBPA

August 2

The NBA filed two claims today against the National Basketball Players Association: an unfair labor practice charge before the National Labor Relations Board, and a lawsuit in federal district court in New York.  The unfair labor practice charge asserts that the Players Association has failed to bargain in good faith by virtue of its unlawful threats to commence a sham “decertification” and an antitrust lawsuit challenging the NBA’s lockout. ”

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