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New NBPA Leader Roberts Sold Personal Story, Player-First Union In Election Process
Published July 30, 2014
|Roberts' love for the game
played a role in her decision
A CLEAN SLATE: In Toronto, Doug Smith wrote of Roberts, "I certainly don’t envy her and can only hope she’s strong-willed enough to bring some semblance of unity to an organization that has in the past been fractured beyond belief." As observers have "seen historically in the NBA, the union is quite happy to erode the middle class and give up the rookies in what seems to be a fight fought for a few rather than the majority." That is "not likely to change when Roberts has to deal with the next CBA talks ... but if she can galvanize more of the players" than former Exec Dir Billy Hunter ever did, "perhaps some equanimity can get into the equation" (THESTAR.com, 7/29).
MAKING PROGRESS: ESPNW.com posted a debate under the header, "Is The NBA The Most Progressive League?" ESPNW's Kate Fagan wrote the NBA is "doing many things right," and is a place where players "often feel empowered to stand up for social issues." On the other side of the debate, ESPNW's Melissa Isaacson wrote not to "overlook" MLS, which has "traditionally cracked down hardest on instances of homophobia from its players and has perhaps the most recognizable face in that fight" with openly-gay Galaxy MF Robbie Rogers (ESPNW.com, 7/29).