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06:58 AM ET 10.25 | With the NBA labor agreement set to expire following the 2010-11 season, Magic Johnson sounded much more like a business-savvy owner than a former player when asked about the league's labor unrest. "Where football may have a team or two struggling, we have multiple teams struggling," Johnson said. "We have a bigger problem than the NFL, and I think the NFL will solve their problems easier, and ours will be a lot tougher." David Stern confirmed last week that contraction of franchises may be an option, as the league explores ways to cut costs. Johnson said he wouldn't be opposed to the league eliminating teams. "How much would it hurt the league if we lost teams? It wouldn't hurt it. It might make it better," Johnson said. "I think if you take away a couple teams, the talent level goes up and the league will only benefit, so I don???t see a problem with that. We just hope that we put a good product out on the court, and that's the key."

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October 25, 2010  07:58 AM ET

It's now a players league. Give it up Stern

October 25, 2010  07:59 AM ET
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Its been nice knowing you Timberwolves.

How does a contraction work? Who gets to decide which team goes into oblivion and who gets to pick up the tab for their player salaries? I can understand the need for salary cuts to make the league more profitable for the owners but it shouldn't just be limited to the players. It should be across the board...

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October 25, 2010  09:09 AM ET

The problem is just all of these ridiculous contracts i mean really, i would understand paying lebron or kobe a max deal, but who gives Joe Johnson a max deal and what team pays Darko 20 million to play when hes garbage?

October 25, 2010  09:15 AM ET

Have to say the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies would be the teams to go. But I could see one of them going to Seattle and then maybe eliminating the Hornets. I don't know if New Orleans is a two sport city. Minnesota will probably still be around just because the owner has deep pockets and if the **** hits the fan, I could see one of the other major sports owners in that city buying it. Has anyone thought about Toronto?

October 25, 2010  09:17 AM ET
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The problem is just all of these ridiculous contracts i mean really, i would understand paying lebron or kobe a max deal, but who gives Joe Johnson a max deal and what team pays Darko 20 million to play when hes garbage?

The players have to give in to something... either take less money or do away with guaranteed contracts...

October 25, 2010  09:21 AM ET
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It's not about eleminating franchises, it's about locating a team where the fans are hungry for basketball. The Charlotte Bobcats are in ACC basketball country. If that team relocated to Seattle and was renamed the Sonics, they would have better attendance than what they have now. The Grizzlies might be better off in Vegas. Oklahoma City proves that it's more about location and fan base than the population of a city.

As do the Saskatewan RoughRiders in the CFL (I believe they are the most profitable franchise in the CFL even though they are the smallest market). Ultimately, we all know which teams are most likely on the list to be contracted (Memphis, Charlotte and maybe New Orleans and Phoenix based on their owner's actions). Moving them is out of the question as most of the cities left out (with the exception of Seattle) have not proven they can carry a NBA team.

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October 25, 2010  09:30 AM ET
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It's not about eleminating franchises, it's about locating a team where the fans are hungry for basketball. The Charlotte Bobcats are in ACC basketball country. If that team relocated to Seattle and was renamed the Sonics, they would have better attendance than what they have now. The Grizzlies might be better off in Vegas. Oklahoma City proves that it's more about location and fan base than the population of a city.

ok why mention the bobcats....they do better on attendance than alot of franchises.......

October 25, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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As do the Saskatewan RoughRiders in the CFL (I believe they are the most profitable franchise in the CFL even though they are the smallest market). Ultimately, we all know which teams are most likely on the list to be contracted (Memphis, Charlotte and maybe New Orleans and Phoenix based on their owner's actions). Moving them is out of the question as most of the cities left out (with the exception of Seattle) have not proven they can carry a NBA team.

again why the bobcats...i can see......memphis, New Orleans....but you mention teams like Phoenix who have a great fan following and they show up in the arenas.....some people are just throwing out names..please base it with some facts.....

October 25, 2010  09:35 AM ET

Less is More, Bro.

October 25, 2010  09:35 AM ET
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The players have to give in to something... either take less money or do away with guaranteed contracts...

why cant the GM's be held accountable

October 25, 2010  09:37 AM ET
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Have to say the Charlotte Bobcats and Memphis Grizzlies would be the teams to go. But I could see one of them going to Seattle and then maybe eliminating the Hornets. I don't know if New Orleans is a two sport city. Minnesota will probably still be around just because the owner has deep pockets and if the **** hits the fan, I could see one of the other major sports owners in that city buying it. Has anyone thought about Toronto?

New Orleans is a two city sport...but you got to put a team on the floor that can compete.....they dont do that.....who wants to spend good money on garbage...,.

October 25, 2010  09:38 AM ET
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The players have to give in to something... either take less money or do away with guaranteed contracts...

the most a garbage player in the leauge should make is 4 mill if he is a superstar like kobe or bron then the most they should make is 90 mill

October 25, 2010  09:42 AM ET
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the most a garbage player in the leauge should make is 4 mill if he is a superstar like kobe or bron then the most they should make is 90 mill

nope they handing out 100 mill contracts to injury prone players, 80 mil contracts to walking injuries, and wonder why the hell the league is a mess, but they want to blame the players.....take a look at the teams

October 25, 2010  09:44 AM ET
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nope they handing out 100 mill contracts to injury prone players, 80 mil contracts to walking injuries, and wonder why the hell the league is a mess, but they want to blame the players.....take a look at the teams

True i swear i would not give a guy that was a star 100 mill if he was sure to get injured and not produce in the season.

October 25, 2010  09:54 AM ET

I generally side with the players, but the contracts are out of control, and that is what is killing the sport. If no one offered Joe Johnson more than 12mil a year, what is he going to do? Go play over seas. I think not. The product is too watered down to warrant people the ticket prices.

Side note, the nba should really adopt the baseball business model. If the nba used the nbdl like baseball uses their farm system the players would ready to play once they got to the nba vs just taking up a roster spot.

October 25, 2010  09:55 AM ET

I never realized how small stern was standing next to magic. he's tiny hahaha.

October 25, 2010  09:58 AM ET
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True i swear i would not give a guy that was a star 100 mill if he was sure to get injured and not produce in the season.

I know...so whose at fault for those contracts the players or the people that gave them out

 
October 25, 2010  09:59 AM ET
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I generally side with the players, but the contracts are out of control, and that is what is killing the sport. If no one offered Joe Johnson more than 12mil a year, what is he going to do? Go play over seas. I think not. The product is too watered down to warrant people the ticket prices. Side note, the nba should really adopt the baseball business model. If the nba used the nbdl like baseball uses their farm system the players would ready to play once they got to the nba vs just taking up a roster spot.

the contracts are out of control I agree...the owners and the GM's are the ones that are giving the contracts out like its water.........thats the teams fault not the player

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