Updating what I am reporting in the above video, there is more news: As many as 50 NBA players held two conference calls this week to discuss decertification as a fallback option. This was a strategy that was employed in the summer-long 1995 lockout, forcing Charles Grantham from power as he was replaced by Simon Gourdine.
This time, it would be a revolt from within the ranks aimed at stripping Billy Hunter of his power, and it would fall under the category of “involuntary decertification” because the union leadership would be bypassed.
And in order to execute an involuntary decertification under National Labor Relations Board rules, at least 120 players would have to sign a petition stating that they do not want to be represented by the NBPA.
Furthermore, if more than 50 percent of the league’s players signed the petition (that would be 200-plus players), the procedure would be for the NLRB to then ask the NBA if it would immediately withdraw recognition of the union, although the NBA would not be compelled to do so.
From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, via Twitter: “Calls included several All-Stars. One source on calls told Y!: “We’re beyond frustrated with concessions that have already been made.”
From Howard Beck of The New York Times: “A group of 50 NBA players intend to push for the dissolution of their union if a new round of labor negotiations fails this weekend, or if the talks produce an unpalatable deal, according to a person who has spoken to the players. The movement was said to be entirely player-driven, and borne of a frustration with the pace of talks between the league and union leaders. … “And the players are seriously considering decertification if a deal is not reached where the players’ proposals are in the final elements of the deal,” said the person connected to the players. That means the players involved will oppose any deal that includes less than a 52.5 percent share of league revenues for players, or any number of proposed restrictions on free-agent movement. N.B.A. owners are proposing a 50-50 split of revenues and have held firm to that position. The league is also pushing to eliminate certain salary-cap exceptions for teams that exceed the luxury tax threshold. N.B.A. and union negotiators are scheduled to meet Saturday afternoon in Manhattan. The group of disenchanted players is looking for progress toward a deal. If there is no progress, or if the progress requires further union concessions, the decertification effort will proceed.
From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News, via Twitter: “NLRB rules would mean all players would have to vote on decertification, likely at Fed. office buildings, just as occurred in 1995.” … Vote tally in 1995: 226 NBPA members opposed decertification, 134 in favor. … Memory of ’95 decert. vote: On stakeout at Denver Fed. Bldg, & seeing Brian Williams (Bison Dele) skateboarding thru traffic on way to vote.