United Students Against Sweatshops protest at NBA Finals in Orlando
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06/12/09 Seán Kinane
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Outside the basketball arena in Orlando, USAS members use a puppet of NBA Commissioner David Stearn to educate NBA Finals attendees about their campaign against Russell.


photo by Seán Kinane/WMNF

The National Basketball Association Finals are going on this week in Orlando. After last night’s game, the Los Angeles Lakers lead the Orlando Magic three games to one.

But not everyone is in central Florida to watch Kobe Bryant take on Dwight Howard. Nearly a dozen members of United Students Against Sweatshops, or USAS, are pressuring the NBA to end its relationship with Russell Corporation.

Rod Palmquist is international campaigns coordinator with USAS. "A lot of fans care about this issue and will really want to see Russell do the right thing.”

The NBA did not respond to our interview request by the end of the Finals.

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