NBA Lockout Is Born Again

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So tonight it all starts again, another lockout in a major sports league. This time the NBA's collective bargaining agreement expires and of course the players and owners are oceans apart on agreeing to anything.

I wrote in an earlier article that I was on the players side for the lockouts, well, I am now on the owners side for the NBA lockout. A hard cap should be done, and if you all haven't noticed, many arenas are practically begging for fans to fill the thousands of open seats during the regular season. Even worse if it's towards the end of the season and your team is nowhere near contention.

My solution? Go down to a 60 game season. Stretch it out if you have to, but this can offer many solutions. First off, the top players won't be injured constantly from overuse. The NFL has a perfect 16 game schedule, but if they raised it to 18, it would kill teams not in playoff contention, 2 extra games, would have been terrible for the rams and lions a cpl years ago.

Secondly, it would create intensity in every game, the pressure of time. Long seasons like NBA and MLB are like two or three seasons inside of a regular season. Momentum shifts, injuries, timing is everything. Not to take away from the MAvericks, but they peaked at the right time, just like every team who ever won a championship. A shorter schedule will pressure the players into maintaining that same peak every game of the season.

It would also cut costs of labor in the arenas, and create more of an anticipation, instead of...'oh great, the Nets are playing the Kings'...and then change the channel.

One other thing I would change is that I would take away divisions and just do it by conference. Divisional play really means nothing in the NBA anyway. It could create a realm outside of the teams, as in east vs west, not just in an all-star game. I think it would help bring interest from other fans to create interest in more teams than just their own.

Regardless, it's looking grim for this next season, which is unfortunate after they have finally gotten the game back to where it was in the 90's. I'll keep you up to date on the news in the labor talks, but I now have to close down NBA talk until the new 'Decision' is a done deal.

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