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Players are the Generals, league is the Globetrotters

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08:07 AM ET 10.12 | Not surprisingly, even the P.R. battle in the lockout hinges on money. Citing the economy, NBA owners are asking for more than concessions. They're looking for a Globetrotters-Washington Generals kind of rout in these negotiations. You can still blame the players for the loss of two weeks of the season if you want. In fact, the owners are betting you'll do just that. ... Blaming locked-out players in a work stoppage? Sounds like a plan, just one that defies logic. A player strike didn't cause a partial cancellation of the schedule. Commissioner Bully made the call, doing the bidding of an ownership whose strategy is to watch players squirm when they start missing checks and wait.

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October 12, 2011  08:50 AM ET

Oh those poor poor players!! What a mean old man that Stern is. Why it would serve us all right if these guys all just packed their bags and took off to Europe.

Please!!! Do that... take off for Europe. That way maybe we can just bring up a new batch of college kids that would kill to get the chance to play and start enjoying the game of basketball again.

It's like these morons think that if they don't play it will mark the end of the sport for all time. They actually believe the hype that writers like this keep spewing. Oh yeah ... if it wasn't for owners everything would be great.

IDIOTS!!!

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October 12, 2011  09:30 AM ET

Everyone Loses, Bro.

October 12, 2011  09:53 AM ET
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Those guarenteed contracts make it too easy for the non-motivated players to collect big bucks while they nurse a sore ego. Let the players start a new league - yea right.

Then DON'T offer the stinking contract! The owners have done it to themselves since Day 1. If you don't want to pay Eddy Curry and the like all that money ... DON'T! But don't screw the rest of the players in a knee jerk reaction.

October 12, 2011  10:19 AM ET
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Agreed... It's obvious that the writer is on the players side. He is depicting the owners as slave drivers. Players are getting paid an average of $5.4 million per year. That's the highest in any pro league. At the same time they have 57% of the revenues. They're getting paid while also getting a big chunk of the revenues and also not putting up operating expense or they don't take the hit like the owners if the team is losing money. It just doesn't make sense.

"They're getting paid while also getting a big chunk of the revenues"? What does this even mean? The players get paid FROM that chunk of revenue, obviously not in addition to like you are apparently saying. As far as players not paying operating expenses, where do you think that money comes from? It comes from the currently 43% chunk of revenue that the PLAYERS generate. Well run franchises don't lose money, and I feel no sympathy for an owner that owns a team just to make money.
That said, the players have already offered to take a lower percent, 52 or 53 or something like that, and other issues such as guaranteed contracts need to be fixed.

October 12, 2011  10:28 AM ET

I know this writer is on the players side but I kind of like the headline. Anyway, maybe I am being optimistic but I still think we will have a shortened season. It's just going to be up to both sides to find the compromise. Hopefully come November or even December both sides get "desperate" and just do what they need to get this done.

Like I said I know I am being highly optimistic here.

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October 12, 2011  03:05 PM ET

Stern is the worst

October 12, 2011  03:13 PM ET

David Stern is a piece of ****

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