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Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:36 AM

NBA players boycott? Why 'boycott' is not the correct term

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2020-08-26/nba-players-boycott-why-thats-not-the-correct-term

As professional sports contests evaporated Wednesday afternoon to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., LeBron James posted a brief message on Instagram. “BOYCOTTED,” the Lakers star wrote, “NOT *POSTPONED.”

What started with the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to take the court for Game 5 of their NBA playoff series against the Orlando Magic quickly led to the league’s two other scheduled games, including the Lakers facing the Portland Trail Blazers, not taking place. The actions to draw attention to social injustice and police brutality spread to MLB, MLS and the WNBA, where some or all scheduled games were called off.

But what’s the correct term for what happened? Boycotts? Postponements? Strikes? Or something else? “From a pure legal standpoint, I would term these wildcat strikes,” said Joseph Longo, an adjunct professor who teaches sports law at Loyola Law School. He’s also an attorney and MLB player agent.

Despite James and other players referring to the actions as boycotts, the traditional definition of the term revolves around an organized effort to hurt an entity financially in order to drive change or attract attention. That doesn’t fit this situation. The players aren’t trying to damage their employers — or affiliated entities like sponsors or television networks — but instead want to draw attention to the Blake shooting and social injustice. “I think it’s a euphemism for a work stoppage,” Thomas Lenz, a law lecturer at USC and attorney specializing in labor and employment law, said of players describing the postponements as boycotts. “When employees decide to withhold their services … that is technically strike activity.”

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Celerity Aug 27 OP
The Magistrate Aug 27 #1
luv2fly Aug 27 #2
Zoonart Aug 27 #3
Celerity Aug 27 #4
Zoonart Aug 27 #6
Mike 03 Aug 27 #5
CrispyQ Aug 27 #7

Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:48 AM

1. True, Ma'am --- They Are On Strike

Though not for monetary gain to themselves.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:50 AM

2. The Brewers are playing a double header

To make up for the game they did not play. Some boycotts, protests, or whatever we want to call them don't last very long.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:50 AM

3. IS it finally time for a national wildcat strike?

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Response to Zoonart (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:55 AM

4. ...

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Response to Celerity (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:57 AM

6. THIS!

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 08:56 AM

5. Exactly. I'd call it a strike or walkout. Customers boycott. Athletes are not customers.

These are the workers. It would be like if A-list actors walked off the set of a $100 million dollar movie. It's a big deal. Work can't happen without them.

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Aug 27, 2020, 09:19 AM

7. The corporations need to wake up

And realize racism is bad for business. They need to speak out on this issue.

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