NBA Lockout: 10 Ideas To Bridge Labor Dispute Gap, Save Season

August 12th, 2011 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
The one thing players and owners can agree on in the NBA’s 39-day-old work stoppage is that they disagree on everything. That includes—much to the chagrin of the sport’s supporters—whether the two sides should even push to salvage the season.

The hard-line bosses want the league’s new collective bargaining agreement to resemble the NHL’s restrictive document. That requires a hard cap and crippling salary givebacks middle-class players cannot stomach. The small-market bulldogs would rather save jet fuel and operating expenses than host any games under current rules. They contend they can pocket more cash by slashing the upcoming campaign.

This dogmatic, ruthless approach at the bargaining table portends fragmentation amongst the owners, if there isn’t any already. Micky Arison, Jerry Buss and Mark Cuban all raked in significant profits, and two of those tycoons’ franchises squared off in the NBA Finals. As the dreaded termination dates draw closer, will they remain dedicated to a plan that, if executed, would destroy several of their competitive advantages?

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