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FED JUDGE HOLDS RULING UNTIL NBPA VOTES ARE COUNTED
Published September 11, 1995
Federal Judge David Doty said Friday he would not rule on the dissident players' motion to end the NBA lockout until after the NLRB announces the outcome of the NBPA decertification election. That announcement is expected tomorrow, but Doty said he will not rule for about two weeks and gave no indication how he might rule (Mark Asher, WASHINGTON POST, 9/9). NLRB Chair William Gould: "The question of whether a majority of the NBA players wish to continue to be represented by the union for purposes of collective bargaining with the league should be determined by this agency and not by a court" (AP/N.Y. TIMES, 9/9). OUTTA HERE: According to the ORLANDO SENTINEL, Scott Skiles has withdrawn his support from the antitrust suit against the league, and his agent, Keith Glass, has resigned from the agents advisory committee. Skiles, in a letter to pro-decertification attorney Jeffrey Kessler: "I do this for my own reasons, which I could never explain in letter form. I respect your efforts in this matter but have grown uncomfortable with certain practices which have accompanied my involvement" (Tim Povtak, ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/9). MORE VOTES TO GET: The L.A. TIMES reports that NBA owners are scheduled to vote September 18 on the proposed CBA. NBA Commissioner David Stern: "I can tell you that I'm planning to deliver the vote, and I've never had a problem before. And I don't expect one now, although it won't be unanimous" (Scott Howard-Cooper, L.A. TIMES, 9/9). "AGENT FROM HELL"? David Falk was profiled by Tim Povtak in yesterday's ORLANDO Sentinel. Povtak, on Falk's role in the NBA labor dispute: "If the union is decertified when the election results are released this week, Falk will be instrumental in charting the next course of action the league will take." Povtak also looked at the role of agents in the labor dispute. Povtak: "Alternately described as slimy, sleazy or greedy, but rarely credited for being shrewd, innovative or caring, sports agents have been blamed for a variety of woes that have permeated the sports world for years. The labor management/fight that has handcuffed the NBA is just the latest -- but may be the most serious --problem they supposedly have caused." Keith Glass: "If the owners were such sweet people, I wouldn't have a job." Steve Kauffman: "I personally have no desire to run sports. I just want what's best for my clients. The reputation doesn't bother me. We're already looked upon as slime. You can't go much lower than that" (ORLANDO SENTINEL, 9/10).