The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is the union for current professional basketball players in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Established in 1954, the NBPA mission is to ensure that the rights of NBA players are protected and that every conceivable measure is taken to assist players in maximizing their opportunities and achieving their goals, both on and off the court.
The NBPA represents all NBA players in many ways, including by:
- Negotiating the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”) with the NBA, which governs all aspects of players’ employment.
- Ensuring that the NBA and its teams meet their obligations under the CBA.
- Certifying, regulating and educating player agents.
- Providing a full range of services, benefits and assistance through its own focused NBPA department, Player Services.
- Monitoring and negotiating the administration of retirement and insurance benefits.
- Providing on-staff security professionals to help with proprietary or sensitive matters.
- Assisting charity and community organizations.
- Promoting the positive image and reputation of NBA players, on and off the court.
Throughout the span of a player’s career, there are a number of instances when the NBPA’s services will prove necessary. Available to address player concerns seven days a week, 365 days a year, the NBPA is accessible to aggressively protect player rights and interests. Indeed, almost every player calls upon the NBPA at some point in his career to:
- Obtain expert legal advice and/or representation in a dispute.
- Receive salary and pertinent information to assist in individual contract negotiations.
- File a grievance.
- Appeal a fine or suspension.
- Help resolve player/agent disputes.
- Protect medical benefits and other rights.