Friday, July 1, 2011

The Only Shows in Town?

At 12:01 am NBA owners locked out the players after a great season and postseason with the league's best ratings in years. But there is a serious divide over what the new CBA should entail as the owners are pushing for a new economic system because many owners are losing money.

The NFL is currently in a protracted lockout with the start of the season in jeopardy. Unlike the NBA, the league is financially thriving with record revenues and not a single team losing money. This is a fight between two sides who don't know how to divy up the eggs of the golden goose so they seem hell bent on killing that goose.

This labor strife could mean that come the fall, for big sports fans like myself, Major League Baseball and the NHL would be the only shows in town. Ironic considering that both leagues suffered the worse labor labor stoppage in sports, the cancellation of the the 1995 World Series and the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 NHL season. Neither had ever happened before. Both leagues have struggled to rebound from this, the MLB going so far as closing their eyes as players roided up.

Let's hope both the NFL and NBA powers that be get their acts together and follow the same destructive path as their brethren.

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