When the Milwaukee Bucks to take the court for its playoff game scheduled against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night declined to protest the police shooting of a name black man Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., You were not alone . On Wednesday and Thursday, not only the NBA Playoffs and WNBA games were delayed, but refused to take athletes from Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer in the field; football practices were rejected and hockey games postponed. And the Bucks decision to strike was also cut part of a long history in the race and the NBA labor disputes. In fact, decades ago, the current team would play another Milwaukee Bucks, legendary guardians Oscar Robertson, a key role in defining the political power of basketball players and without its previous actions, you probably can not this week strong to do statements. As early as 1970, Robertson was the face of a major antitrust lawsuit against the league. After years of legal battles, finally, the NBA has chosen 1976. Previously, in February interrupted court if an NBA team drafted a player, have acquired the exclusive right to sign, and then, thanks to the reserve clause, the player remained effective for this team tied until he decided to exchange, or to solve. The settlement basically pro basketball reserve clause, setting the stage for unrestricted freedom of choice swept away. Although there were 13 other players names, both black and white, the National Basketball Players Association President, Robertson appeared as the first, and was identified with the suit. The fact that the dress had a black face, he did significant. Among other suits the reserve clause as Curt Flood attack v. Bowie Kuhn et al. and John Mackey et al. v. NFL, Oscar Robertson et al. v. NBA has come to represent the movement of the race and of professional basketball labor policy, and pro sports in general in the 70’s. The story began a few years earlier, in 1967, when the establishment of the rival American Basketball Association (ABA) an opportunity for the growing number of black professional ball player opened to bypass it had for years kept the players of the NBA draft and backup systems and paid for under the thumb of the team owner. The talent war between the leagues also helped to lift the informal racial quotas that the number of African Americans had been limited to NBA teams. black players used to request the situation contracts that were both profitable and safer. But instead of being seen as a smart business people, black players that their power was exercised greedy, disloyal and ungrateful-one criticized the narrative that the likes of LeBron James and other caliber Plaguing continue where they chose to exercise their right to movement. Reports of a merger agreement between the NBA and ABA players have inspired his action in April 1970. The suit commissioned Robertson “conspired to curb competition for the services and skills of professional basketball players,” the NBA presented by the Design College, the reserve clause and other informal practices of the boycott and blacklist. The action of the players also argued that the NBA and ABA have tried to achieve an agreement on competition, merger or consolidation. ‘In making the possibility of a second championship, while the existing configuration and backup systems maintain a merger would not only “impair [Player] competitive power” but also “the players involuntarily binds a team for the entire from professional basketball career. “May 1970 offered a new York district court injunction application against the merger until the NBA player grievances were addressed. After the lawsuit in February 1976 has been set, the two leagues merged in the end that June get your fix history in one place. sign up for the story TEMPO free weekly newsletter then, the players in the league, an increasing proportion of blacks were, saw the fight against the reserve clause, much more of a labor dispute. It ‘was a racial struggle that the balance of power between the white team owner and a majority-Black might make players re radically. They would not have had to shut up and just play, with little say in the trajectory of their careers or their working conditions. In 1970, some blacks activists have presented if the basketball a distraction from the struggle for freedom was Black. They argued that blacks players that their time entertaining people know just spent the prevented movement. Do not criticize the players for quite political. But as players have stressed many see their situation as a symbol of the need for change. In an interview of 1972 with short black sport, its magazine Black, the blacks athletes for Black superstar players New York Knicks guard Earl “The Pearl” Monroe acknowledged covered: “You have a lot of players who want to make a lot of things, but they are incapable. people need to realize that if I am a professional basketball player, and I can not too much else to do as a professional basketball game, I’ll have to do something to try my job to keep, maintain , as my mouth, “This is especially true for smaller suppliers. Economics played a major role in how open a black professional athlete could be political. After the event Oscar Robertson was the economic power to the players, they have also won a greater ability to speak. More with the emergence of Black Lives Matter out of the NBA players of color field he has only recently shown how powerful the issue. reached in 2012, LeBron James wore a photo on social media of the Miami Heat sweater in honor of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, whose murderess was acquitted. The width League players contributed in 2014 to raise awareness of Eric Garner’s death shirts during pregame warmups “I can not breathe” after police put him in an illegal chokehold on the streets of New York City. In 2016 at the ESPY Awards, James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul has spoken in America over police brutality and racial injustice. Now, in the bubble that NBA players wear uniforms tightening political and social messages, rather than their names. In recent years, the NBA as the main professional league originally more concerned with social justice. Instead of going against the strong players association, the NBA decided his players to embrace political statements. But if the NBA has a progressive reputation, which is why the players have done it this way. And if today, players can simply a game to waste race betting account justice, is because their ancestors had made them more confident than workers. Historians points of view on how the past informs the present Teresa Runstedtler is associate professor of history at American University who is writing a book on running and basketball in 1970. Correction August 29 The original version of this story false information the name of one of the causes that attack the reserve clause. E ‘was John Mackey v. NFL, not Bob Mackey v. NFL.