The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) elected Michele Roberts as its new union chief. The union for NBA players was without an appointed executive since 2013, when former chief Billy Hunter stepped aside after an internal investigation. Ms. Roberts becomes the first woman ever to head a major sports union.
Interestingly, Ms. Roberts has few ties to the NBA. That may have worked in her favor though, as she garnered 32 of the 34 possible votes in last Monday’s election. As a tough and seasoned litigator, Ms. Roberts is now expected to form a consensus between the league’s “role players” and its all-stars before the current collective bargaining agreement expires in 2017.
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