The National Basketball Association confirmed that its players have voted 226 to 134 against decertification of their union. A group of insurgent players led by superstar Michael Jordan pressed for decertification as part of their opposition to the proposed new collective bargaining agreement between players and owners negotiated earlier this summer. Voting was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board.
Players are expected to vote Wednesday on the collective bargaining agreement itself, which they are expected to approve. If so, owners will meet Sept. 18 to ratify the agreement and lift its lock-out of players. The insurgent players had no comment at press time but have said in the past that they will abide by the decertification and ratification votes.