The NBPA or National Basketball Players Association is a labor union created by National Basketball Association (NBA) players. NBA All-Stars created this union in 1954 to promote the interests of NBA players on and off the court.

What Does the NBPA Do?

The National Basketball Players Association:

  • Negotiates the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the NBA, governing all aspects of players’ employment
  • Ensures that the NBA and its teams meet their obligations under the CBA
  • Provides a full range of services and assistance through Player Services
  • Monitors and negotiates the administration of retirement and insurance benefits
  • Certifies, regulates, and educates player agents
  • Provides security to help with sensitive or other problems
  • Assists charity and community organizations
  • Promotes the image and reputation of NBA players

Player Services

NBA players can also use the NBPA for different services such as:

  • Obtain expert legal advice and/or representation in a dispute
  • Receive salary and other information to help in individual contract negotiations
  • File a grievance
  • Appeal a fine or suspension
  • Help resolve player/agent disputes
  • Protect medical or other rights and benefits

Do I Need a Lawyer?

An entertainment lawyer or agent familiar with the NBA can give you detailed information on the NBPA. If you have a dispute with the NBA or NBPA, consult a sports lawyer.