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The NLRB hammer and the NBA lockout

Talks have heated up and might finally lead to an agreement. Here's a reason why.

Originally Published: October 29, 2011
By Lester Munson | ESPN.com

Attempting to beat the buzzer and play an 82-game season, NBA players and owners are working furiously to put together a new collective bargaining agreement. But reaching a deal in time to salvage a complete schedule isn't the only pressure the negotiators face. A decision from the National Labor Relations Board about a players' charge of unfair labor practices by the owners could come at any moment and produce a dramatic change in bargaining leverage. The NLRB action raises significant questions ...

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