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NBA News: Is the NFL hurting the NBA?

I don't think anyone is going to argue with me that the NFL, hands down is the best sport in North America. Honestly does the National Football League even have a rival? With that said, its business as usual for the NFL after both the owners and the players association just agreed to a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement ending the recent lockout that nearly put the NFL's season in jeopardy. I didn't think for a second that the owners and the players were going to even invite the notion of losing games or much less the season to bicker over T.V. money and any other issues that had to be resolved. As for the NBA, who themselves are in embroiled in their own lockout, are willing to put next season in jeopardy. Okay you would like to think that the NBA would follow the NFL's example and try to resolve their issues and get the ball rolling (no pun intended), yet they seem to be taking their sweet time in doing it. Last Friday was the very first meeting to occur since the lockout was initiated on July 1st and the next one is in two weeks. The meeting only addressed non-financial issues, plus none of the owners or players were in attendance, including NBA Commissioner David Stern. The players argue that they like the system the way it is but the owners complain they are bleeding money and not seeing any profit. 22 of the 30 teams claim they have lost money under the old CBA, where is the players think that's nonsense after the NBA just completed one of its best seasons in regards to popularity and financial gain.

The reason why I mentioned the NFL is that I think their recent resolution may in turn hurt the NBA. Reason being is that traditionally the NBA season gets the country's attention around February which is around the time the Super Bowl is out of the way. Yes the season officially begins in November for the NBA, but even the most die-hard of fans can't outweigh the overwhelming impact of the NFL. So with that common knowledge I wouldn't put it past the owners to tank at least half of the season. Remember 1999, the NBA's last strike shortened season....It sounds crazy but hey if the owners don't have to spend any money, they are not losing any either. You see players already exploring the possibility of playing overseas. I'm not just talking about the average role players, superstars are doing this. Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets already has his deal waiting for him in Turkey just in case the lockout cuts into the season. You have a number of superstars such as LA Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Chicago Bulls point-man Derrick Rose playing overseas already in promotional tours and exhibition games. Many others have went public that they won't rule out playing abroad if the lockout continues, look at the recent comments of Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Hornet's guard Chris Paul.

On my way in to work today I heard current Knick and NBA's players union vice president Roger Mason Jr being interviewed on ESPN Radio (NY) and he wasn't to confident that the season is going to start on time much less have one period. Roger's sentiment seems to be shared by everyone you talk to who are key to the negotiating process. Just the fact that the players and the owners have a cavalier attitude about meeting shows that they are going to wait this one out. Yes I would love to think that the NFL's recent CBA would send a clear message to the NBA, not to put your brand at risk with a continued lockout, but I think all it did was put fire to it.....nuff said

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