The NBPA or National Basketball Players Association is a labor union created by National Basketball Association (NBA) players. NBA All-Stars created this union in 1954 to promote the interests of NBA players on and off the court.
What Does the NBPA Do?
The National Basketball Players Association:
- Negotiates the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the NBA, governing all aspects of players' employment
- Ensures that the NBA and its teams meet their obligations under the CBA
- Provides a full range of services and assistance through Player Services
- Monitors and negotiates the administration of retirement and insurance benefits
- Certifies, regulates, and educates player agents
- Provides security to help with sensitive or other problems
- Assists charity and community organizations
- Promotes the image and reputation of NBA players
NBA players can also use the NBPA for different services such as:
- Obtain expert legal advice and/or representation in a dispute
- Receive salary and other information to help in individual contract negotiations
- File a grievance
- Appeal a fine or suspension
- Help resolve player/agent disputes
- Protect medical or other rights and benefits
Do I Need a Lawyer?
A sports lawyer or agent familiar with the NBA can give you detailed information on the NBPA. If you have a dispute with the NBA or NBPA, consult a sports lawyer.