Big Names: NBPA Has “No Obligation” to Keep Hunter (Also: Charles Barkley, Brent Musburger)


After seventeen years, the days may be numbered on Billy Hunter‘s tenure with the NBPA. In other news, TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley is headed back to the broadcast booth, and ESPN’s Brent Musburger denied that his comments about a player’s girlfriend were inappropriate.

  • NBPA Has No Obligation to Keep Hunter: The National Basketball Players Association is under “no obligation” to keep Billy Hunter as executive director, according to an internal investigation of the union. Hunter’s current contract, which lasts through at least 2015, “was never properly approved” by player representatives. Hunter has led the union since 1996. (
  • Barkley Returns to the Booth Next Week: TNT NBA studio analyst Charles Barkley will serve as a game analyst for the network’s Spurs/Sixers telecast on Monday night. The game will be the third of the season for Barkley as a game analyst. Barkley, who has questioned how much longer he wants to remain in broadcasting, has expressed interest in doing more games on-site. (Inside the NBA/TNT)
  • Musburger Denies Comments Were Inappropriate: ESPN/ABC college football play-by-play voice Brent Musburger told the website TMZ this week that he does not believe the on-air comments he made about Alabama QB A.J. McCarron‘s girlfriend were inappropriate. After Musburger’s repeatedly referred to the woman’s looks during ESPN’s BCS National Championship Game telecast, the network issued a public apology. When asked about the apology, Musburger said, in part, “corporations do what corporations do.” (Yahoo! Sports)