The 130-Year-Old Labor Dispute Facing The NBA And NFL

CHICAGO (WSCR) For over 100 days, fans have had to watch as the fate of the NFL gets run through courts and negotiation tables. And now, it seems as if the NBA is in for a similar fate.

While the NFL had a head start on the NBA, they’re labor disputes are really the same thing.

“The issue in both the NBA and the NFL is fairly similar,” David Berri, sports economist from Southern Utah University, said on the Mully and Hanley Show. “In both cases the owners are basically saying: ‘We would like you to give us more money.’ And the players in both situations are going ‘why.’ And the owners’ argument amounts to: ‘We would like to have more money.’

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“And so that’s why they’re having a hard time getting a deal. Because the owners’ arguments…they keep claiming they’re losing money, but if you go through the history of labor negotiations in sports, you can find owners in sports saying they’re losing money all the way back to 1879. They’ve been saying this for 130 years.

“And every time they sell a franchise, they sell it for more money than they paid for it, franchise values keep escalating, they keep making more money. And so the players are rather skeptical of the owners’ arguments. So that’s the difficulty with these negotiations.”

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  • g money

    how could you say you’re losing money when your financial status keeps getting greater than it could ever be before?


      Franchises have reached a bubble. Buy the New England Patriots after Superbowl XX, not after Superbowl XLII.
      You’d be buying a much more expensive stadium, a much more expensive team (with a salary cap designed to keep you out of next year’s Superbowl).
      Then, try to sell that same package to someone else, who might just want to buy a cheaper franchise.
      The market might be bigger for your product. But, how much bigger?

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