Last week, NBA players filed separate lawsuits against the league, in California and Minnesota. Now, in the interest of getting things done quicker, the lawsuits have been combined. The Minnesota court, which many remember temporarily overturned the NFL lockout, will hear the players’ case.
Billy Hunter said he expects a Minnesota magistrate to mediate the lawsuit soon–as early as next week.
“What may very well be is the judge there directs the magistrate, as they did in the NFLPA case, to host a settlement conference, and that could possibly occur as early as next week,” Hunter said.
Thus far, neither side has picked up the phone since the lawsuits have been filed, as more precious time eats away at the possibility of a season.
Hunter, who had the players believing in his filing of an NLRB lawsuit before the lockout began–one that went nowhere, mind you– is now putting his hopes in the hands of this lawsuit.
But does anyone have faith in him this time?