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NBA Players Association Eyes SAG-AFTRA’s David White: Report

SAG-AFTRA national executive director David White has emerged as the frontrunner to become the  National Basketball Players Association’s executive director, Yahoo Sports is reporting.

A SAG-AFTRA spokeswoman had no comment on the report.

Billy Hunter was ousted as the NBPA’s exec director a year ago in the wake of revelations that his business practices were being investigated by three government agencies. Hunter sued the NBPA, Derek Fisher and Jamie Wior, Fisher’s publicist and business partner, last May for compensation and damages.

The players union’s executive committee is scheduled to meet Saturday but Yahoo Sports said that  no vote is scheduled to be taken. According to the report, NBPA president Chris Paul and the executive committee’s members have interviewed White about the position.

White became the interim national exec director of SAG in 2009 after the SAG board ousted Doug Allen, a former NFL player, amid frustration over Allen’s failure to reach a deal on SAG’s master contract with production companies.

In October 2009, the SAG board removed White’s interim tag and gave him a two-year deal as he closed agreements on a half a dozen contracts and operated in a low-key manner that contrasted sharply with Allen’s brash approach.

White successfully pushed for merging SAG with AFTRA in 2012. He was given a three-year contract extension in late 2011.

SAG-AFTRA’s LM-2 filing with the U.S. Dept. of Labor showed that White received a salary of $541,040 plus $34,755 in expenses for the fiscal year ended March 31.

White served as SAG’s general counsel from 2002-06 before becoming managing principal of Los Angeles-based Entertainment Strategies Group. He was a labor and employment attorney at O’Melveny & Myers before joining SAG in 2002.

 

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