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March 13, 2014 Updates

The process leading to that selection, accordingly, must involve all of us who are concerned with the well-being of NBA players. The players have earned the right to find the most astute union head to protect and expand their interests in the 21st century. The next 10 years in the NBA are poised to be enormously profitable thanks to the fast-rising valuations of media rights and the global demand for the sport of basketball. The players have to make sure they are not left behind. The best way to do this is to bring the current process to an immediate halt and relaunch the Executive Director search again with the involvement of a larger group that includes the agents. ESPN.com

February 18, 2014 Updates

The Membership First faction of SAG-AFTRA has blasted national exec director David White over considering leaving the performers union for a similar post with the National Basketball Players Assn. Membership First issued the statement Monday, three days after White’s name emerged as a candidate to serve as exec director of NBPA and two days after White told the national board that no final decision has been made. Membership First took White to task for being involved with the NBPA at the same time that SAG-AFTRA is preparing to negotiate a successor deal to its current contract with production companies, which expires June 30. The faction — which describes itself as progressive — has seen its power erode since 2009 when White’s predecessor was ousted by the national board and again in 2012, when SAG members voted to merge with AFTRA over Membership First’s opposition. Variety.com

February 17, 2014 Updates
February 16, 2014 Updates

Already, we're hearing from prominent player agents who are dissatisfied with the union's process for vetting and evaluating candidates. But it's the same old thing when it comes to that: How can agents be dissatisfied with the process when their clients don't care enough to participate in it? Perhaps they don't realize that all the problems that were found with Hunter's tenure might have been avoided if the players had paid a little more attention to what was happening right under their noses. CBSSports.com

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On Saturday, only two All-Stars other than Paul took time out of their busy schedules to attend the meeting and learn something about finalists David White of the Screen Actors Guild and New York corporate lawyer Michele Roberts: Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks and LaMarcus Aldridge of the Trail Blazers. Props to them for caring. Already, we're hearing from prominent player agents who are dissatisfied with the union's process for vetting and evaluating candidates. But it's the same old thing when it comes to that: How can agents be dissatisfied with the process when their clients don't care enough to participate in it? Perhaps they don't realize that all the problems that were found with Hunter's tenure might have been avoided if the players had paid a little more attention to what was happening right under their noses. CBSSports.com

The people were granted anonymity because the process isn’t public. Roberts, if chosen, would become the first woman to lead the players union in any of the four major North American sports leagues. Members of the union’s executive committee, including President Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and First Vice President Roger Mason Jr., in a press conference after their meeting declined to name the candidates or how many there are. “The NBPA will now implement a program that will allow players around the country to consider final candidates, discuss their merits internally, and convey their views to player representatives,” Paul said. Bloomberg

February 15, 2014 Updates
February 14, 2014 Updates

Screen Actors Guild executive director David White has emerged as the frontrunner to replace the disgraced Billy Hunter as the National Basketball Players Association's executive director, league sources told Yahoo Sports. There had been debate within the NBPA's executive committee about whether there will be a vote taken on Saturday at a Players Association meeting on a new executive director, but sources briefed on Saturday's meeting agenda told Yahoo Sports that no vote is scheduled to be taken. Yahoo! Sports

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