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Players won't - probably can't - win in lockout

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08:11 AM ET 10.14 | There may be an unfortunate truth for the players in this lockout. The players can't win. This is the reality of the ongoing, infuriating NBA lockout, and it's a reality that even those of us who support their cause need to accept. Certainly it's one that the players must, the sooner the better. The only hope for them is that federal mediator George Cohen, who has interjected himself into the discussions, somehow tilts the table back to even. Because the players can't win against David Stern. They can't beat him in negotiations or, to their apparent surprise, in the court of public opinion.

The Palm Beach Post

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October 14, 2011  08:15 AM ET

You Never Had A Chance, Bros.

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October 14, 2011  08:33 AM ET

They better get something done fast. They are losing more Fans everyday.

October 14, 2011  08:37 AM ET

The reality is these players are just playing basketballs and getting million dollars of pay checks, and they are still crying about it

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October 14, 2011  08:59 AM ET
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Yeah, but they also are generating billions.Its not real life its entertainment.I've never heard anyone complain that george clooney makes 20 mil per pic or mick jagger makes hundreds of millions off royalties........When the product generates monopoly money.....the money is THERESomeone is making money what is the difference if its the player or owner?

Wow; we finally agree on something.

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October 14, 2011  09:10 AM ET

The owners want... and will get a hard cap. Or at least a cap where if you go over by a million it will cost you 10 million.

Either way, the need to protect themselves from their own greed and stupidity and level the playing field so all teams will play by the same rules is critical if the league is going to survive.

Myself. I'd be happy to see it all collapse and a new league established from scratch.

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October 14, 2011  09:17 AM ET

Why do they feel the need to change the order of the threads just when people are starting to settle in?

October 14, 2011  09:21 AM ET
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And does Clooney get 57% of the revenues? You are just giving out perfect examples tha goes against your belief. Clooney maybe getting $25 million per movies but he doesn't get any percentage of the revenues unless stated by the contract.

If the movie flops the makers take the hit not Clooney... but if the movie breaks box office records Clooney can't suddenly demand that they give him half because he didn't know it was going to make all that money or he would have asked for a lot more at the beginning.

And theaters don't go raising the price of a movie ticket based on what the producers of that movie paid the stars.

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