NBA has more issues to deal with than NFL ever did

BY DARNELL MAYBERRY, Staff Writer, dmayberry@opubco.com Published: July 25, 2011
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It's created enough of a financial burden to lead owners to dig in and demand a completely overhauled system.

Only minor progress was made in the final days before the lockout went into effect. The same issues that have been sticking points for the past two years remain, by and large, the same points of contention now.

Owners have backed off their stance of eliminating guaranteed contracts but continue to stand firm in seeking a more favorable split in basketball related income (the players currently receive 57 percent), a hard salary cap and shorter contracts among other desires.

The NBA is finding it hard to even agree to the length of a ratified CBA. Owners prefer the same 10-year deal the NFL put in place. Players have yet to concede any deal lasting longer than six years.

It seems the NBA's labor dispute has only one thing in common with the NFL's.

Nearly a month into the NFL's work stoppage, the two sides also weren't involved in any dialogue. It took a judge to order the two sides back to the negotiating table.

That looks to be the best thing NBA fans can as for at this point.