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NBA Unfair Labor Charge Filed

March 28, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ Claiming the NBA’s use of locker room cameras is an illegal change in working conditions, the league’s players filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

The union also wants to stop the NBA from using boom microphones in team huddles during timeouts.

``The NBA cannot impose these changes without the union’s consent,″ union lawyer Robert Lanza said Monday. ``While players certainly want to enhance the game experience for every fan, these types of changes can only be brought about through collective bargaining. We must have a meaningful dialogue in order to strike the appropriate balance between access and intrusion.″

The charge was filed March 16 with the New York regional office of the NLRB. Dan Silverman, the NLRB’s New York regional director, assigns staff investigators to cases and they usually take 6-8 weeks to determine whether to issue a complaint.

``The charge is without merit,″ NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik said.

NBA coaches earlier complained about the league’s attempt to put mikes on them during some national broadcasts. The boom mikes during huddles were part of a compromise with the coaches.

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