NBA should consider contraction

League's financial problems could be solved by cutting teams that cause them

Updated: November 24, 2011, 1:09 AM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

The rainbow that spans a bitter year of sports labor conflict comes courtesy of the two previously most unlikely allies: Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Baseball, led by commissioner Bud Selig and union executive director Michael Weiner, has navigated labor negotiations without a work stoppage for the third time in a decade. More importantly, it is baseball, with its ponderous, important history of eight work stoppages and truest capitalist ...

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