NBA, Union Need to Strike Deal to Solve Lockout to Avoid Risk of Isolating Fans

October 14th, 2011 by Ethan Norof Leave a reply »
Ben Gordon believes that the NBA lockout could last one or two full seasons.

I don't.

After Gordon sat in on a negotiating session between the owners and players, he characterized the ongoing discussions to Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press as a "waste of time."

I think there will be more games missed, I expect it might be a year or two. I realized that when I was listening to both sides during the negotiations. I think there will be a lot of games missed and more money is going to go down the drain.

I'm preparing for the worst, but hoping for the best.

Aren't we all?

This is not an effort to marginalize Gordon's comments as ones that shouldn't be taken seriously, because they're certainly alarming.

However, the idea that not only this season may wind up getting lost and next season getting wiped out in its entirety as well is absolutely outrageous.

The two parties (owners and NBPA) will meet with a federal mediator next week in an effort to make legitimate progress in the talks and hammer out a deal, and it is not in either side's best interest to miss a single season, let alone two fu ...

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