Sports Law Blog
All things legal relating
to the sports world...
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
 
Update on David Stern and NBA Player Autonomy

An update on our coverage of David Stern and the NBA's recent efforts to regulate NBA player behavior (a subject which I examine here and here, and be sure to check out the excellent reader comments associated with those posts):

1) I was interviewed by True Hoop's Henry Abbot on his podcast show and we talked about David Stern and the NBA. The interview lasts about a half hour and can be heard at this link. For a written description of the interview, check out this link. It was a lot of fun to be on the show and thanks to Henry for having me on.

2) T.J. from Michael Redd Boat Ashore has an excellent reply to my reply from yesterday on NBA player autonomy. T.J. is a very thoughtful and insightful writer and his analysis makes for a great back-and-forth exchange. I'll definitely be reading his blog regularly, he has some great commentary.

3) Skip Oliva, President of the Voluntary Trade Council, e-mails me this comment:
Stern's actions should raise serious "corporate governance" concerns. In what other business is a CEO permitted to silence shareholders who criticize management? If a publicly-traded company imposed such a gag rule, it would obviously be ignored, and I doubt the SEC would be happy.
4) Gregory Bowman, a colleague on my faculty and author of Law Career Blog, e-mails me this comment:
One interesting issue, from a league structural perspective, really is "Why do we care?" Sports says a lot about our society, so we enjoy sports. But why should we care about who has the power, and the money, and the ability to shape the future of the sport? When we just look at sports as its own little microcosmic view of society, do we really care who has the power? If so, why, and what should the power structure be? Or perhaps more appropriately, what should the rules be for how power shifts amongst owners/the league, the players, and the municipalities that benefit from (and sometimes support) these teams?





19 Comments:

Re: Skip Oliva. But the NBA is not a publicly-held enterprise, and privately-held companies/joint ventures/partnerships enter into shareholder or partnership agreements all the time that restrict shareholders.

Even in a publicly-held corporation, the shareholders may be restricted in their communications for certain reasons, e.g., proxy communications, confidential business information, etc.

Anonymous Senator Blutarski -- 11/30/2006 11:13 AM  


"But the NBA is not a publicly-held enterprise, and privately-held companies/joint ventures/partnerships enter into shareholder or partnership agreements all the time that restrict shareholders."

Understood. I'm not saying it's per se wrong; I'm suggesting it may not be good corporate governance. Unlike other partnerships or joint ventures, a sports commissioner has no equity in the league itself, which I believe distorts his incentives.

Anonymous Skip Oliva -- 11/30/2006 1:54 PM  


Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption television show today wearing a t-shirt with the words "David Stern University" across the chest. Michael Wilbon was interviewing Mr. Cuban about the NBA's recent rule changes.

Blogger Ryan Rodenberg -- 12/01/2006 7:58 PM  


Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog? Please come visit my site red cross emergency give me any valuable feedbacks.

Anonymous emergency preparedness checklist -- 9/18/2009 7:34 AM  


I usually don’t leave comments!!! Trust me! But I liked your blog…especially this post! Would you mind terribly if I put up a backlink from my site to your site? Please come visit my site kitchen renovation give me any valuable feedbacks.

Anonymous kitchen remodeling costs -- 9/18/2009 7:35 AM  


I usually don’t leave comments!!! Trust me! But I liked your blog…especially this post! Would you mind terribly if I put up a backlink from my site to your site? I would love some feedback on my site wire wrap jewelry when you got time. Thanks.

Anonymous jewelry stores -- 10/16/2009 3:13 AM  


Wow! Thank you! I always wanted to write in my site something like that. Can I take part of your post to my blog?
Please come visit my site landscape maintenance when you got time.
Thanks.

Anonymous landscape services -- 10/16/2009 3:14 AM  


I think NBA officials are focusing on business rather than sports.They should take care only for sports.
Thanks
cosmetic dentists edinburgh

Anonymous louis -- 11/06/2009 3:56 AM  


CUM! CUM SHOTS! BLOWJOBS! Amateur FACIALS!
We Got Cumshots and BLOWJOBS! Welcome the the Nastiest Cum shotand BLOWJOB Web Site on The Net. The First Spin-off of the very successful Jerker's World, Dickgoo.com promises the same true amateur porn. Taking Homegrown ( the new homade porn) genre to the next levl in 2010. DICK SUCKING, Cum swollowing, Cum eating, Cum Drinking, However you like Your jizz shots Delivered, We Got a Cum load, Amateur blowjobs, Facial Cum Video For You. No Other Sites Trolls Over 30 sites to Bring you the Best %100 Real Amateur Cumshots. Exclusive Facial Cum shots.18 Barely Legal Cum Creampies. Blowjobs you can almost feel for yourself. Facial Cum shot, Dick sucking to cum shot explosions.

Anonymous freeforlife12 -- 11/09/2009 4:13 AM  


Hello mate, I want to thank you for this nice blog. Would you mind telling me some secrets for a succesful blog ? Which could attract some visitors than it normally does. Please come visit my site Watch Wholesale give me any valuable feedbacks.

Anonymous Wholesale Ladies Watches -- 11/12/2009 9:03 AM  


What a facinating article. I’m looking for a marketing expert to help with a project, could you help? Please come visit my site Wholesale Canada Designer Watches when you got time.

Anonymous Wholesale Canada Watches -- 11/12/2009 9:04 AM  


I am not really sure if best practices have emerged around things like that, but I am sure that your great job is clearly identifed. I was wondering if you offer any subscription to your RSS feeds as I would be very interested and can't find any link to subscribe here I would love some feedback on my site Children's health when you got time. Thanks.

Anonymous Baby Health -- 11/21/2009 6:25 AM  


I enjoyed reading your work! GREAT post! I looked around for this… but I found you! Anyway, would you mind if I threw up a backlink from my site?
Please come visit my site body skin care when you got time. Thanks.

Anonymous Body Skin Care -- 11/21/2009 6:25 AM  


Organic weed control and lawn weed control guides and tips. Include gardening basic information and soil and composting resources.organic weed control

Blogger lilena -- 11/27/2009 7:05 AM  


Garden Soil, soil testing, orgnic soil, plant soil basics and techniques online guide.plant soil

Blogger lilena -- 11/27/2009 7:06 AM  


Online resources of toe fungus, fungus treatment, nail fungus toe. toe fungus

Blogger thomson -- 11/27/2009 1:44 PM  


Endometriosis pain, treatment endometriosis, symptoms of endometriosis.endometriosis pain

Blogger thomson -- 11/27/2009 1:44 PM  


Every good blog has two features, they have a very good topic and you see lot of good comments. Its blogging that has made me know new things everyday. I absolutely sure that people in this world have come closer in their personal world. There so many things working for a blog and the topic. Its just a flat world now because of blogs like this one, I appreciate it. Invisalign Birmingham | Dental implants birmingham | Dentists

Anonymous Dentists -- 12/03/2009 9:11 AM  


I agree that shareholders should be restricted for communication so that they can not leak out confidential information.

Anonymous Rain gutters cleaning -- 12/28/2009 3:06 AM  


Post a Comment