In King James We Anti-Trust: Are LeBron James and Dwyane Wade Guilty?

July 11th, 2010 by S.N. Counsel Leave a reply »

When Lebron James, Chris Bosh, and Dwayne Wade held a private meeting last June to discuss their respective free-agent plans, it sparked concerns about free-agency collusion and its negative side effects for the NBA.  Their recent decision to join forces this season in Miami has reignited such concerns.   

At the time of the June meeting, the concern focused on star players agreeing to sign with separate teams, in different regions of the country or even different conferences.  Such an agreement, the theory went, would ensure that free agent players would not have to compete against each other directly, therefore maximizing their own pay, increasing their likelihood of making it deep into the playoffs, and allowing them to achieve greater individual accolades.  Now that three of the NBA’s top free agents have agreed to bring their talents to one team, the concern has changed –it now centers around the idea that this type of agreement compromises competition and disturbs the natural distr ...

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