Roberts is proud to have been instrumental in the provision of health-care-for-life for retired NBA playersGETTY IMAGES
Outgoing NBPA Exec Dir Michele Roberts said that she wishes she could have "achieved more" in the area of getting NBA players a piece of the increasing values of NBA teams, according to Liz Mullen of SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL. Roberts, who is in her last week in the role, said: “The biggest challenge which I sorely wish I could have met was securing player ownership in the 30 teams they have historically and continue to enrich." Roberts was elected as the first female head of a "major sports union" in July '14 and her last day was Jan. 7. Roberts: “Reading about the annual and consistent increases in the value of these teams is impressive. What’s depressing is that if/when there is a transfer of ownership, the players that have contributed so much to the teams’ value don’t receive a penny. Were I not retiring, I would make it a priority to secure an ownership stake in the teams on the players’ behalf -- e.g. vis a vis the NBPA’s award of equity.” On her accomplishments, Roberts said, "I’m proud to have been instrumental in the provision of health-care-for-life for our retired players. And, I am delighted that our Players had the confidence to manage their own group licensing rights." Tamika Tremaglio, who was most recently the principal managing director of Deloitte’s DC office, starts today as the new NBPA Exec Dir (SPORTS BUSINESS JOURNAL, 1/10).