NBA Lockout: Players Claim Owners Withholding Information

The NBA lockout is only two weeks old, and therefore still pretty messy, as there are plenty of issues that still need to be ironed out before the owners and Players Association are able to come to an agreement.

That agreement sounds like it might be far off in the distance, however, as an attorney for the players union recently told Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe that the league is withholding important documents that the union has requested -- this despite the league frequently making claims related to how open they've been regarding their financials.

According to Lawrence Katz, the union's lead attorney in its case with the National Labor Relations Board, the players have requested three documents that the owners have either ignored or responded to with less information than was actually requested.

The three documents are relating to franchise valuation information, sales prospectuses and financial information on related-party entities, according to the Sports Illustrated article.

That's not including quite a few smaller requests, either, according to Lowe.

In addition, Katz said the union has made about 20 requests for various financial tidbits, and that the league has failed to respond adequately to those requests. He would not get into the details of those requests. The league declined a request to comment on the NLRB case.

The two sides are scheduled to meet Friday, and while this probably isn't on the docket, hopefully either the owners or players loosen up a bit before more jobs are lost.

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