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Wade>You
11-18-2011, 09:53 PM
It was the same song and dance from the owners about how they (claimed) they were losing money.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1998%E2%80%9399_NBA_lockout

According to the NBA, 15 of the 29 teams posted losses that season. The NBPA disputed this figure and claimed that only four teams had losses.It's amazing that a league that claims to lose money under David Stern's 27yrs as commissioner is still around. :eyebrow:


http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1014974/1/index.htm

THE RESOLUTION OF THE NBA LABOR DISPUTE POSES MANY QUESTIONS, BUT THERE'S NO DOUBT THAT WITH DAVID STERN LEADING THE CHARGE, THE OWNERS WON UNPRECEDENTED CONCESSIONS

David Stern is the linebacker who slams the ballcarrier to the turf and then politely picks him up and pats him on the butt. He's the pool hustler who cleans out his victim's wallet and then gives him cab fare home. That's essentially what Stern, the NBA commissioner, did to the National Basketball Players Association last week when he gave the desperate union a few face-saving concessions to forge an agreement, ending the 191-day labor dispute and salvaging an abbreviated season that will start on Feb. 5. He allowed the union to keep its dignity but took almost everything else.

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The only way the new agreement won't turn out to be a slam-dunk, hang-from-the-rim, chest-bumping triumph for Stern and his employers will be if the fans don't come back.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/1999/01/17/taking-it-hard-to-the-nba-hoop.html

But going one on one with Stern at the table is a bit like going one on one with Michael Jordan on the court; the inevitable result is a slam-dunk. When the deal was finally struck in the predawn hours Wednesday, Stern had led the owners, in playoff parlance, to virtually a clean sweep.

Lesson learned from all of this? No matter how much time passes by and how much the players concede, it'll never be enough and we'll continue to have lockouts by the owners and lost games.

Let's hope the players win these negotiations so that we won't have a lockout for a loooooooong time.

itsripcity32
11-18-2011, 10:11 PM
Yawn

JordansBulls
11-19-2011, 12:22 AM
They should hav made Non guaranteed contracts at the time.