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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.)

Originally Published: December 1, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

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.

Even ...

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