Collusion Hey TFD, from the CBA Agreement. 4. What is the Collective Bargaining Agreement? "It's the contract between the league and the Players Association that sets up the rules by which they all operate. (It's commonly abbreviated as "CBA," which is not to be confused with the Continental Basketball Association. The abbreviation CBA will be used in the remainder of this document.) The CBA defines the salary cap, the procedures for determining how it is set, the minimum and maximum salaries, the rules for trades, the procedures for the NBA draft, and a hundred other things that need to be defined in order for a league like the NBA to function. Incidentally, the CBA is also what prevents the NBA from being in violation of antitrust laws. Many of the NBA's practices (salary cap, draft, etc.) would violate the Sherman act were the CBA not arrived at through collective bargaining." But the kicker is two thirds of the bargaining is via the NBA & Owners and just one third is Players Union. Since the NBA and owners control all of the games infrastructure (read league owned NBDL) the players have no viable alternative (leverage) to market their services in the USA. That sound like a good faith negotiating position you'd like to be in? As an aside; the Players Union had the option of buying the Continental Basketball Association from Zeke in the back in 2004 when he owned it. That's the real reason he bought it. That would've given them much better leverage to negotiate a fairer CBA as they would've had a viable alternative by playing in that league, in those arenas with all the associated revenue from parking lots, vendors etc. They could've broken Sterns growing stranglehold. Thats when Stern announced he was going to form the NBDL and they got cold feet. Now they have to live with that crappy decision.