NBA Lockout 2011: 8 Silver Linings to the Work Stoppage

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NBA Lockout 2011: 8 Silver Linings to the Work Stoppage
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It's official, as of 12:01 A.M. today the NBA is locking out its players until the owners and union can agree upon a new collective bargaining agreement.

For basketball fans, it's natural to be upset at first. The thought of having to watch 12 straight months of only professional baseball, hockey and soccer is enough to churn the stomachs of any faithful NFL or NBA fan.

But, once you look ahead of the immediate labor battle brewing, you'll realize that this lockout isn't all bad. Sure, NBA commissioner David Stern and union chief Billy Hunter are currently busy sharpening their verbal barbs towards one another, but they're going to reach an agreement at some point.

Ultimately, they're not kissing a multi-billion dollar sports league goodbye because they can't agree on the division of basketball related income between the players and the owners. (One season, on the other hand?  Sounds like the owners are prepared for the worst.)

So, before you depress yourself any further about the NBA lockout, remind yourself why this dispute will eventually lead to the betterment of the NBA, both in the short- and long-term.

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