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Albert Pujols deal: Sign of MLB strength

2011, the Year of Labor, ends with stability in baseball and uncertainty in the NBA

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

As Albert Pujols was making his way to Anaheim last week, Chris Paul was canceling his plans to be in Los Angeles, courtesy of David Stern, the spiraling-out-of-control NBA commissioner who vetoed a trade of the New Orleans Hornets star to the Lakers.

The NBA lockout might be officially over, but its conflicts haven't cooled and the league universe hasn't coalesced into a future of managed, accepted compromise.

And so the Year of Labor is reaching its conclusion ...

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