Ken Berger of CBS Sports – who has been covering the CBA negotiations as well as anyone – broke the news with a simple tweet not too long ago:
BREAKING: Owners have informed players they are locking out.
So here we are. The players union and owners haven’t found a middle ground on a labor agreement and we all suffer for it (and not only us, but a laundry list of employees from every team and arena as well as those in other professions whose positions are influenced by the operation of a multi-billion dollar sports league). And while we all saw this coming, it doesn’t make it any less a frustrating and sad day for basketball fans.
If you’d like some good reading on the issues, as well as proposals, here you go:
- The afforementioned Ken Berger offers part 1 of his CBA proposal.
- Larry Coon talks about the finances surrounding the owners desire for a new agreement and wonders if the NBA is really losing money.
- Over at Land O’ Lakers, Brian Kamenetzky tells us this is a sad day for basketball fans.
We’ll have much more on the lockout and the league in general as we learn more. But for now, treat this as your official lock out thread.