NBA file lawsuit against players union

NEW YORK: The NBA filed a federal lawsuit against the league’s players union on Tuesday, hoping to establish the legality of the lockout imposed a month ago and protect against a possible players lawsuit.

League officials also announced on Tuesday they were filing an unfair labour practice charge against the National Basketball Players Association, claiming the union has not bargained in good faith.

The moves come one day after talks that produced no movement and just over a month after the previous collective bargaining agreement between club owners and players expired, sparking the second shutdown in NBA history.

Owners claim losses and seek salary cuts and a firm payroll cap while players hope to keep things basically as they have been under the old deal made in 2005. Each side has pocketed about half of US$4.3bil in annual revenues.

The NBA move takes a page from the NFL lockout that concluded last week, when American football’s union decertified so players could press an anti-trust case in US courts, in part to attack the legality of the lockout. — AFP

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