NBA Players Move Antitrust Case To Minnesota
NBA players have filed an amended federal lawsuit in Minnesota after the complaint in California was withdrawn on Monday, according to ESPN. The players had filed class-action antitrust lawsuits against the league in both Minnesota and California last Tuesday.
According to ESPN, the players’ lawyer David Boies believes the case will move more quickly in Minnesota than California. The players have been locked out since July 1 and all games through Dec. 15 have been canceled.
Earlier today, the NBA Coaches Association pleaded for the owners and players to come to an agreement.
Update: NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan issued a statement in response to the move, according to Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal: “We assume that Mr. Boies was not happy with either the reassignment of the case from Oakland to San Francisco or the fact that the new judge scheduled the 1st conference for March 2012.”