NBA Lockout: Why It Is More Serious Than the NFL Lockout Was

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NBA Lockout: Why It Is More Serious Than the NFL Lockout Was
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Now that the NFL lockout is resolved, only one professional sports league is in jeopardy of losing its season: the National Basketball Association.

Comparing the two lockouts is akin to comparing an apple to an orange, but what is relevant to compare is the NFL's success in the same places where the NBA is currently failing in negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement.

From the start, the NBA's labor situation and the issues of conflict have been graver than those in the NFL; the NBA truly has a larger hill to climb to achieve labor harmony and get the 2011-2012 season back on track.

The NBA and its Players Association could learn a lot from the example the NFL set in navigating a labor settlement in a time-sensitive manner. Certainly following that recent model could aid in progressing toward an accord.

However, the NBA lockout paints a bleaker picture than the NFL lockout ever did.

Here are the reasons why the NBA lockout is much more serious than the NFL lockout ever was. 

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