New NBA deal doesn't solve old problem
The agreement is a failure if parity for small markets was the goal. (Hint: It wasn't.)
The NBA owners got what they wanted.
They cornered the players into agreeing to less than half of the league's basketball-related income, even if the amount may periodically be slightly more than half. They got the players to cave just when it appeared that an entity bigger than themselves -- the federal courts -- was about to step in and get involved in the owners' closed little business. They got basketball to return on Christmas, and they got their money from the players.
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