Players Union Files Labor Suit Against NBA

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The players association filed an unfair labor practice charge Friday against the NBA over its issues with the new ball and the league's crackdown on player complaints.

A number of players publicly have complained about the change in the ball from leather to microfiber composite. But the crackdown on complaints after the whistle, often referred to as a "zero-tolerance policy," might be the bigger problem.

With players fined for each technical they receive, union director Billy Hunter told the Associated Press last month that a lawsuit could be the next step if NBA commissioner David Stern didn't tell the referees to "back off."

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