The NBA is in a lockout. Get comfortable.
Several months back, I fully expected the NFL owners to implement a lockout in hopes of gaining financial concessions from players and maybe even twisting the union’s arm into an 18-game season. What I didn’t know was how long the NFL lockout would last. But logic said that it with so much television network money on the table, regular season games wouldn’t be canceled.
This is is different. NFL owners really didn’t want to change the entire financial structure with the players — they just wanted a bigger piece of the pie. But the NBA owners want to throw away the pie and blow up the whole bakery.
This simply is not a league that can support guaranteed, astronomical six- and seven-year contracts for players. It can’t afford to have such a soft salary cap