Collection Of Signatures To Decertify To Continue Through Weekend
The process of gathering signatures of players to hold a vote to decertify the NBPA has begun, and more than 100 players have signed or committed to sign a petition to disband the union, said a source close to the group of powerful NBA agents who favor the move. In order to hold a decertification vote, about 150 signatures are needed, said this source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the group. Additionally, the group of agents who are for decertification and are helping their clients sign petitions has expanded beyond the seven influential agents and six different agencies who have already been named in the press. "There are about 15 total agents, who are engaged now," said the source. The source would not reveal the names of the new agents, but the agents who have been known previously to be part of the group are Mark Bartelstein, Bill Duffy, Dan Fegan, Leon Rose, Jeff Schwartz, Arn Tellem and Henry Thomas.
The source said that the move is "player driven" by those who have talked to the NBPA player reps about the NBA's bargaining position, and agents and agencies are facilitating the gathering of signatures at their clients behest. "The process of collecting decertification petition signatures has been underway and it will continue through the weekend, " the source said. "All the various agents are talking to their various clients." If the players are able to decertify the NBPA, the NBA and players would not be able to complete a new CBA. But the NBA is expected to fight such a move and there is a possibility that the NBPA could try to block a decertification vote, which would be conducted by the National Labor Relations Board, if enough NBA players sign decertification petitions.