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The National Basketball Players Association (the NBPA) is a labor union that represents basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It was founded in 1954, making it the oldest trade union of the four major North American professional sports leagues. However, the NBPA did not get recognition by the NBA team owners until ten years later. Its offices are located in the historic Park and Tilford Building at 310 Lenox Ave., New York City. It was briefly a trade association after dissolving as a union during the 2011 NBA lockout.
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Bob Cousy of the Boston Celtics began to organize the union in 1954 alongside friend and unofficial agent Joe Sharry.
In 1983, players and owners reach a historic agreement, that introduced the "salary cap" era into professional sports. This was believed to be the first salary cap in any major professional sports league in the United States.
The NBA experienced its first work stoppage, when owners imposed a lockout, that lasted from July 1 through September 12, when players and owners reached an agreement. Because the lockout took place during the off-season, no games were lost.
The second NBA lockout, which ran into the 1998–99 season, lasted almost 200 days, and wiped out 464 regular-season games. After players and owners reached an agreement, the season did not start until February 5, 1999, with each of the 29 NBA teams playing a 50-game schedule.
The current collective bargaining agreement was reached in July 2005, and expired at 12:01 EST on July 1, 2011, following completion of the 2010–11 NBA season, resulting in a lockout, similar to the 2011 NFL lockout. ESPN has reported that the owners and players failed to reach an agreement and broke off negotiations, and that the owners began a lockout immediately after the collective bargaining agreement expired.
On November 14, the NBPA was converted from a union into a trade association, enabling the players as individual employees to be represented by lawyers in a class action antitrust lawsuit against the league, calling the lockout an illegal group boycott. The NBPA re-formed as a union on December 1, receiving support from over 300 players, exceeding the requirement for at least 260.
In February 2013, Billy Hunter was ousted unanimously as executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) amid charges of nepotism and other concerns. 17 months later on July 29, 2014, Michele Roberts, a Washington D.C. litigator, was elected as the new executive director of the National Basketball Players Association. She became the first female executive director of NBPA and the first woman to head a major professional sports union in North America.Larry Fleisher (1970–1988)
Charles Grantham (1988–1995)
Simon Gourdine (1995–1996)
Alex English (1996, interim)
Billy Hunter (1996–2013)
Michele Roberts (2014–present)
Bob Cousy: 1954–1958
Tom Heinsohn: 1958–1965
Oscar Robertson: 1965–1974
Paul Silas: 1974–1980
Bob Lanier: 1980–1985
Junior Bridgeman: 1985 – February 1988
Alex English: February 1988 – October 5, 1988
Isiah Thomas: October 5, 1988 – February 13, 1994
Buck Williams: February 13, 1994 – September 15, 1997
Patrick Ewing: September 15, 1997 – July 10, 2001
Michael Curry: July 10, 2001 – June 28, 2005
Antonio Davis: June 28, 2005 – November 19, 2006
Derek Fisher: November 19, 2006 – August 21, 2013
Chris Paul: August 21, 2013–present
LeBron James: February 13, 2015–present
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