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The overriding issue in the NBA lockout

Originally Published: July 13, 2011
By Andrew Brandt | ESPN.com

The overriding issue in this long-expected NBA lockout is the NBA owners' desire to, in essence, be protected from themselves. Ultimately, that is what a salary cap, more specifically, a "hard" salary cap, is about: setting rigid limits on what can be spent on players with no ability to exceed those limits.

With multiple exceptions allowing teams to spend over the cap ceiling, the NBA's cap has become the "yarmulke" of sports: the softest cap in existence. The most recent season ...

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