NBA Season Nears Collapse: What Would a Year Without Basketball Cost?

The NBA players union has rejected the league's latest deal today and announced that they may disband, a move that would put the 2011-12 season in doubt.

"We're prepared to file this antitrust action against the NBA," union executive director Billy Hunter said in an ESPN report. "That's the best situation where players can get their due process."

How would a year without the NBA affect businesses, and who would hurt the most? That's all explained in a handy infographic from our friends at GPlus. (Key stat: One report estimates that the $2 billion basketball shoe industry could suffer a 25% hit if the season is canceled.) Also be sure to check out our sister site The Atlantic Cities for a story on the cities that stand to lose the most money.

INFOGRAPHIC: A Losing Game: How Can the NBA Lockout Affect Businesses?
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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he writes about economics, labor markets, and the entertainment business.

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