Will this NBA lockout ever end?......doesn't look like it anytime soon!
Last week the clock was ticking with a deadline set by NBA Commissioner David Stern for the league’s players to accept the latest contract offer from owners — or have it pulled off the table.
The NBA players rejected the proposal.... with Union president Derek Fisher saying,
"Our answer is, that's not acceptable to us,
"We need a fair system for our players to exist in."
“Right now, the current offer that is on the table from the NBA is not one that we can accept.”
Union attorney Jeffrey Kessler who also represented the NFL players in their labor dispute with the NFL, says,
“Instead of treating the players like partners, they’re treating them like plantation workers.”
This week, Locked-out NBA players including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league in at least two states... saying David Stern's ultimatums left them no other choice.
Attorney David Boies, who represented the NFL during that sport's work stoppage and now has been brought aboard by basketball's players, said the NBA lockout violates antitrust laws by refusing to allow players to work.
The players are seeking "treble damages" — meaning triple the amount of the more than $2 billion they would have made under a full 2011-12 season — for what they argue is irreparable harm by preventing them from playing in their "very short" NBA careers.
What do you think about all of this???
We recently spoke with NFL player, Larry Johnson, during their Lockout...check out what he had to say...