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NBA TAKES ACTION AGAINST UNION, GROUP OF AGENTS
Published March 13, 1996
The NBA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NBPA yesterday and charged the union's new legal team with rejecting some terms of the six-year CBA recently negotiated with the players. According to USA TODAY, the league is also suing agents Frank Catapano, David Falk, Marc Fleisher, Ron Grinker, Steve Kauffman and Arn Tellem, "charging them with attempting to upset the agreement." Other agents are expected to be added. Lawyers for the union and league have been working on details of the CBA, which has not been ratified. NBPA attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Jim Quinn, who found some terms unacceptable, represented the group of players who tried to decertify the union last summer. NBPA officials claim the league "is attempting to impose new terms involving salary cap mechanics, measures to prevent circumvention of the salary cap and group licensing" (Roscoe Nance, USA TODAY, 3/13).