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Could NBA stars form their own league?


08:09 AM ET 08.09 | While the mass exodus overseas hasn't happened, at least one other idea may earn NBA players more leverage. What if the top 25 or 30 players in the NBA -- All-Stars and others deserving of that status -- announced their intention to form a rival league? On many levels, it's even more of a pie-in-the-sky dream for the players than getting a few million dollars from overseas teams. But short of a legal shock to the labor negotiations -- for example, the issuing of a complaint against the NBA by the National Labor Relations Board in the next 60 days -- it's difficult to imagine a more effective leverage play than a breakaway league featuring the biggest stars in successful markets. If someone could pull it off, it would beat the hell out of Sonny Weems signing in Lithuania as far as leverage goes.

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August 9, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Is this a commentary on the state of the NBA today? All we can come up with for content is "t"? Nice copyediting, guys. Nice QA.

And you STILL haven't figured out how to keep the spammers off your boards?? How come every other discussion board on the planet has and you clowns haven't??? It's 2011 guys ... step it up!

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August 9, 2011  09:11 AM ET

If they did it XFL style, I'd be all for it.

August 9, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Not in this lifetime or the next, Bros.

August 9, 2011  09:33 AM ET

There isnt any news to talk about in the nba. Somebody wake me up when the season resumes to start back up the debates.

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August 9, 2011  10:16 AM ET

considering 60% of nba players are bankrupt after 5 years of retirement, doubt this is gonna happen...

August 9, 2011  10:20 AM ET

It will never happen.. These guys do not have that kind of business smarts to make up their own league.

August 9, 2011  10:25 AM ET

It will never happen.. These guys do not have that kind of business smarts to make up their own league.

completely agree.... and who's going to pay these top 20-30 stars the $100 million contracts??? LMAO!

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August 9, 2011  10:47 AM ET

With brain surgeons like Antoine Walker, and Latrell Sprewell completely broke within 5 years, I would love to see these dopes try and start their own league. It wouldnt last even as long as the XFL did.

August 9, 2011  10:50 AM ET

Lol....that's why they hire execs to do the work.Its all about owning the product......THEMSELVESThat is the mosr important part.These guys all have agents that do all their business dealings....starting a league would be no different than organizing a charity bball tourney, other than more #s

Yea right, and where do you think these games are going to be played? In some high school gym? The NBA owners will make sure they dont play in their arenas.

August 9, 2011  10:51 AM ET

No one, at first.But they would own the teams, which in the long run would make them MORE $ than their current contracts

Yep, USFL, XFL and every other sports league that has come and gone thought the same thing. You smoking some of the NBA players hippy lettuce or what?

August 9, 2011  11:00 AM ET funny...

I guess if they did form their 'own' league and had to foot the bill for expenses AND pay the 'star' players 18 million a season then they just might see how ridiculous they are wanting more and more and more money....

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