The NBA’s labor battle

20 04 2010

I’ll be honest, I don’t expect most people who see this SLAMonline story to read it in its entirety. It’s over 3,600 words about the labor negotiations between the NBA’s team owners and the player’s union. You probably won’t laugh the entire time you read it. In fact, if you’re an NBA fan, you’ll probably just get pissed off. And if you’re a Knicks fan, you’ll definitely cry once you see the T-Mac picture. Yet I find this topic incredibly interesting, which is why I spoke with Larry Coon and Robert Boland, two very smart and informed sports economic experts, to help explain what the big topics are in this labor battle.

My vision for this story started as it being sort of an Idiot’s Guide to the NBA Labor Negotiations. I wanted to set up 12-15 talking points with quick answers to each and a glossary of terms to use as a reference. Then it evolved into eight or nine questions that the average NBA fan interested by this process might ask.

To be clear, there is no reward for any person who reads this whole thing. I’m not trying to challenge Bill Simmons in a word count contest. I just felt that to do this story the right way, I would have to throw down a couple more thousand words than usual. Hopefully anyone who reads this has a clearer picture of the issues at play between the millionaire NBA players and the billionaire NBA owners.

Click the link below to read the story.

NBA Labor Negotiations Breakdown




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