Description: After five months without a labor contract, the National Basketball Association is ready to resume play. As is typical with strikes/lockouts, the two sides bitterly contested the issues. In the end, both recognized a deal was necessary for the survival of professional basketball.
Source: K. Clark, “NBA’s Owners Win Big,” Wall Street Journal
Date: November 28, 2011
Questions for discussion:
- All major professional athletes are represented by some type of players union. Review the short section on labor-management relations in Chapter 11. Discuss how the collective bargaining process can break down and lead to a lockout like the NBA had.
- Did communication, or lack thereof, have anything to do with the eventual lockout? What communication barriers may have been involved?
- What antecedent conditions led to this most recent professional sports conflict?
- Prior to the lockout, the players received 57 percent of annual revenues. The agreement now gives them 50 percent. What conflict management style(s) might have produced this result? Note: be careful not to quickly assume this was compromise.
- From what you can determine, evaluate the effectiveness of this negotiation. Did it satisfy all three criteria for effectiveness?