Hey, NBA fans, did you enjoy the 2011 lockout? How about the 1999 version? Well, then, you're in luck, because The Lockout, like every other entertainment blockbuster, might be headed for a trilogy.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, league executives and player agents are already expecting yet another lockout as soon as the summer of 2017, when either party can opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement.
For those fans who have forgotten (or purposely blocked the horrible memory), the last CBA was ratified in December 2011, after what should have been the start of the 2011-12 season. The league played an abbreviated schedule starting on Dec. 25.
While either party can opt out in 2017, the consensus view is that it is ownership and not the players who will do so. Why would the owners set the league on the path to yet another work stoppage? Because they spanked the players union in their last two negotiations, and there's no reason to think they can't do it again.