NBA lockout update: NBA games until December 15 canceled, players files lawsuits

By on Nov 17, 2011 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: November 26, 2011 6:28 p.m.

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With the ongoing NBA lockout, NBA games through December 15 have been reportedly canceled, and NBA players were noted to have filed a lawsuit against the basketball league.

NBA Commissioner David Stern
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As noted by ESPN on its official website on Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the league formally informed the teams that day that games through December 15 have been canceled.

According to the report, the additional cancellation of games now resulted to a total of 324 canceled games or around 26 percent of the 2011-2012 NBA Season.

Before the announcement, the NBA players, which would have received their first paychecks of the season if there was no lockout, were said to have filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against NBA.

The said lawsuits, which were filed in two US states, one in northern California and another one in Minnesota, were filed also that day and seeking “treble damages”, which means triple the amount (over $2 billion) they would have made during the entire season.

“There’s one reason and one reason only that the season is in jeopardy,” Attorney David Boies, who is now the players’ lawyer, was quoted telling reporters at the Harlem headquarters of the former players’ union, which was dissolved last Monday.

“And that is because the owners have locked out the players and have maintained that lockout for several months. … The players are willing to start playing tomorrow if (the owners) end the boycott.” Boies added.

Among the NBA players that posed as plaintiffs for the California case include New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups, Oklama City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, and Memphis Grizzlies’ Leon Powe.

For the Minnesota case, the complainants include Dallas Mavericks’ Caron Butler, Detroit Pistons’ Ben Gordon, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver, and Derrick Williams, who was not able to sign for his professional career due to lockout.

NBA spokesman Tim Frank was said to have released a statement, saying that they have not yet seen the complaint but noted that “it’s a shame that the players have chosen to litigate instead of negotiate”.

As reported earlier, the NBA lockout talks ended after NBPA President Derek Fisher noted that they will decline the offer of NBA commissioner David Stern, which the NBA players will get 51 percent of basketball-related income (BRI) and a deadline to accept it until Wednesday, November 9.

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