Title

CLAB 14: Taking stock of the NBA restart post-strike with N. Jeremi Dur‪u

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

August 2020

Abstract

With the Boston Celtics and the NBA working their way through the impact of a historic wildcat strike sparked by the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a range of interconnected issues has surged to the fore in talk about the league, its Disney bubble restart, and the role of sport in race relations among many others.Ahead of that Disney restart, Celtics Lab reached out to Professor N. Jeremi Duru, author of "Advancing the Ball: Race, Reformation, and the Quest for Equal Coaching Opportunity in the NFL" and an expert on sports law and its intersection with race to talk the league's negotiated commitment to racial justice.In that conversation, we discussed the types of interventions the NBA could make as part of that agreement, and strategies players could use to hold the league to that commitment up to and including sch a strike.Now that one has come to pass and the season appears to have weathered the accompanying storm -- at least for the moment -- we decided to reconvene to take stock of the momentous occasion, and what it could mean for the league going forward.

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