The year of dangerous lockout thinking

The backlash against the players in the NBA and NFL labor situations is misguided

Originally Published: July 14, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

This was forecast to be the Year of Labor, and it certainly has lived up to expectations. As grimly predicted, two of the four major sports leagues have shut down -- not because the players walked out on their game and, by extension, their fans, but because ownership decided to use its muscle to change its financial relationship with its players.

Neither the NFL nor NBA is up to anything new. The end of any collective bargaining agreement is an opportunity for ownership ...

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