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Larry Coon: Why the Owners will Win

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This is a must read article for those following the lockout. It succinctly sums up everyone's positions and options. It's not as one-sided as the title implies, but certainly the owners have the upper-hand and the motivation to wait for the players to cave. "The bottom line is that the NBA is no longer a league where wealthy owners with plenty of money to spend can use their teams as playthings. Recent purchasers have paid hundreds of millions of dollars, have financed significant portions of their acquisitions, and are operating on much thinner margins. These owners don't want to operate a league that continues to lose significant amounts of money. A compromise deal that does not significantly tilt the players' revenue guarantee in the owners' favor will be unacceptable." I predicted (guessed) there would be a deal in January and a partial season, but Coon is not as optimistic. "Around mid-January it probably will become necessary to cancel the entire season. The sides reached this point in 1999, barely salvaging an abbreviated, 50-game campaign. This time around it is unclear if the two sides will be able to salvage even a partial season."

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