NBA Lockout Battle Shifts To Courtroom On Wednesday

On Wednesday, representatives from the league and players' union will be the same room for apparently the first time since NBA lockout talks ended (again) on Friday. But this time, it'll be in a courtroom as oral arguments begin in the NBA's federal lawsuit against the National Basketball Players Association.

The suit seeks to block decertification as an option for the players' union. Decertification would allow players to file an anti-trust suit against the league and seek an injunction lifting the lockout, as NFL players did in the spring during their own labor battle. The NBA argues that any decertification by the players' union would be a sham, and that decertification threats have represented bad faith tactics.

In an interestingly threatening note, the NBA also seeks the court's approval to void all existing player contracts if the National Labor Relations Board does not deem the union's potential decertification a sham.

The union has not actually pushed for decertification, despite the concerns of the NBA and a push by major agents last month.

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