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NBA lockout not about much

Published: October 14, 2011 / Author: Tom Ripers

In trying to secure an agreement, David Stern is turning up the heat.  The
latest public salvos from the NBA Commissioner say forget November – the league
won’t even be playing by Christmas if a deal isn’t stuck

The haggling continues in the NBA lockout over what seems to be a fairly
minor, reconcilable issue – percentage of basketball related revenue. The
players have come down from 57% they were making under the old agreement to 53%;
the owners have moved from 47% up to 50%. Seems like a small gap left to make
up. That’s what’s so strange about this labor fight – while there are details to
be ironed out over contract lengths and player movement, it’s mainly about going
for those last few dollars. History is different. Most every major sports work
stoppage over the past 30 years has been driven by a single, major issue aimed
at drastically altering the business landscape between league and players’

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