NBA Lockout: Don't Sign a Deal; Make a New League

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NBA Lockout: Don't Sign a Deal; Make a New League
The players standing with their union reps to say no to the latest CBA offer.

The NBA players rejected the last offer from the owners, putting the entire 2011-12 NBA season in jeopardy. 

A large number of players, including Kobe Bryant, stood together and announced that they rejected the offer.  Both sides knew that the NBA season was basically on the line.  

This is the league's second major labor dispute in the past dozen years.   

Early in this lockout, New York Knicks center Amare Stoudemire said that if the lockout lasted too long, the players would have to consider starting their own league.  No one seemed to take him too seriously. 

Charles Barkley said that was the dumbest thing he had ever heard. 

My boys at the local brewery felt the exact same way.  “Man…that just ain't gonna work,” they said matter-of-factly. 

But why is the idea of a player-owned basketball league really that unrealistic?  They are the ones that actually go out and play the game!  

The fans certainly don’t come to see the owners in the suites.

Perhaps this is the time that players should come together, pool their resources and invest in a league of their own.   

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