The NFL lockout has been protracted, ugly and bad for business. But at least players and owners can take comfort in the fact they're in the same galaxy.
The same can't be said for the NBA's attempts to forge a new collective bargaining agreement. Basketball's lockout officially began Friday at midnight, but the union and the league have waging their own private cold war for nearly two years, says New York Times NBA writer Howard Beck. They're "separated by several billion dollars over the life of a new collective bargaining agreement" and in the past week "each side has accused the other of misrepresenting its proposals." (This would might not seem like a point of concern, but Beck also points out they "cannot even agree on how to characterize their respective proposals.")
ESPN.com's Michael Wilbon has no doubt that the dispute will wreak havoc with the 2011-2012 season."The NBA is going to miss games, and the smart money is on the league missing lots of games," he says. "A new group of owners who paid a ton of money for their franchises since the last work stoppage 13 years ago are ready to sacrifice the season."
According to the commissioner David Stern, 22 of the 30 franchises lost a combined $370 million last year, but that's all relative. "There might not be any losses at all," insists union head Billy Hunter (above). "It depends on what accounting procedure is used."