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February 14, 2015 Updates

How important is James' presence on the union's executive committee? One player told USA TODAY Sports that James is the most influential players voice since Michael Jordan, and now that prominent voice will have a seat at the union's table. The player requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about union matters. "It means a lot. 'Bron is the face of our league. He's opinion matters," Paul said. "Obviously me and him talk all day every day. It's just an opportunity for other people to see how he feels about things." USA Today Sports

The National Basketball Players Association on Saturday rejected the NBA's proposal for "smoothing in" billions of dollars from the new TV/media deal into the salary cap. NBPA executive director Michele Roberts said the union hired two forensic economic teams to evaluate the league's proposal and both economic teams recommended the union not accept the league's proposal. USA Today Sports

Regardless, players will still get 51% of basketball-related income (BRI). Under the CBA, when player salaries don't reach 51%, the league cuts a check to players for the difference. The union is opposed to artificially suppressing the salary cap, but it appeared Roberts is willing to read other proposals. USA Today Sports

February 13, 2015 Updates

Ken Berger: Roberts says the board of player reps voted unanimously to reject the NBA's "smoothing" proposal for increase in TV revenues. The NBA had proposed that the dramatic increase in TV revenues coming in 2016 be gradually incorporated into the salary cap. Twitter @KBergCBS

Tim Bontemps: Roberts says there could be a counter proposal, but the union hasn't had a chance to decide whether it will produce one. Roberts says that advancing the new TV money in ahead of time is not something that has been proposed by the league at this time. Twitter @TimBontemps

LeBron James was elected first vice president of the National Basketball Players Association on Friday, moving him into the union's second-most powerful leadership position beneath president Chris Paul, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

The NBPA is working to reshape itself under new executive director Michele Roberts. For years, there's been a push on the players' side to get the league's most prominent players into senior leadership positions. James' elevation to First Vice President is the most significant step yet in that process. The NBA and NBPA could be headed toward another labor showdown in 2017, when each side has the opportunity to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement and ignite a possible work stoppage. Yahoo! Sports

Adrian Wojnarowski: LeBron James has been elected first Vice President of the NBPA, league source tells Yahoo Sports. This moves James into senior leadership of the Players Association. Voting is underway at this hour in an NBPA meeting in New York. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Jeff Zillgitt: Person close LeBron James said NBPA president Chris Paul asked James to be VP of NBPA. James felt a responsibility at this time to serve. Person close to new NBPA VP LeBron James said he recognized new time in NBA with TV deal, CBA and wanted to be a voice in NBPA. Twitter @JeffZillgitt

February 10, 2015 Updates

From filing grievances to getting collective bargaining updates, NBA players have a new option. Download the app. The NBA Players Association has developed and launched a players-only app to keep them plugged into union news and help develop its agenda. Launched about six weeks ago and available for iPhone and Android, the app is being used by more than 100 players, and the union expects many more to download it this week when it has its annual All-Star meeting. NBA.com

February 7, 2015 Updates

The NBA on Saturday fined Paul $25,000 for "public criticism of officiating." "Any suggestion that Chris Paul would ever conduct himself in a disrespectful manner towards women is utterly ridiculous, outrageous and patently false," Roberts, who was elected to her position in late July, said in a statement. "His personal management team, which includes several accomplished women who play a major role in virtually all of his business affairs is, alone, evidence of that fact. USA Today Sports

"The Players Association is a strong Exhibit B. Anyone paying attention is aware that Chris and his Executive Committee colleagues were instrumental in making me the first woman Executive Director of a major men's professional sports union. Further, Chris and the Committee were nothing but wholly supportive of my recent hire of Chrysa Chin — a woman — as the NBPA's first ever Executive Vice President of Strategy and Development. Without hesitation, the Players Association stands firmly behind Chris, whose competitiveness may only be exceeded by the strength of his values and his convictions." USA Today Sports

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