Disparity in NBA Player Salary Often Leads to Winning, Says Case Study

With the National Basketball Association (NBA) group of owners locking out their players this basketball season more sports fans are taking interest in terms like “revenue share,” and “luxury tax.” Terminology and topics usually reserved for the business section is now making its way to the front page of the sports section. In the wake of yesterday’s epic fail of player-owner labor negotiations, a new study examines how the pay hierarchy on an NBA team can actually lead to victory on the court.

Unlike Major League Baseball, salary disparity in the NBA can make a positive difference on the court, according to new research from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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Dear NBA, Why do You Suck So Much at Life? (Lockout Update)

I hope you’re ready to go “all in” (I bring that up because here in the Chicago sports world that phrase has a new double meaning, and it’s associated with abject failure) with watching college basketball and hockey.

Because abject failure describes exactly how the latest round of labor talks went yesterday. The NBA negotiations made zero progress, and it looks very likely that will have games cancelled all the way to the beginning of 2012. At this point the entire NBA season is in jeopardy.

So you have to wonder how could they collectively be this much of dumb asses? How can they all strangle the golden goose and loose out on all that revenue?

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NBA Lockout Update: Owners and Players Still Miles Apart

The show must go on. But for how long nobody knows when it comes to the NBA lockout. The league’s draft took place as scheduled on June 23, but a work stoppage still seems a real possibility as owners and players have a wide gap that needs to be narrowed. It’s believed the owners and players are still almost $7 billion apart in their dealings over a new 10-year agreement.

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Cumulative Guide to the Upcoming NBA Lockout and Labor Dispute


Right now the hot topic amongst NBA owners, players, and fans alike is the possibility of a work stoppage come July 1, 2011, which would have a devastating impact on the league and potentially destroy what can only be called an incredible comeback from the 1998-99 NBA lockout. It is clear that the owners and NBA Players Association (“NBAPA”) are at an impasse when it comes to several critical issues which include: (1) Player salary rollbacks; (2) a hardened salary cap; and (3) the potential threat of decertification.

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NBA and NBAPA Extremely Arcane about Collective Bargaining Talks Today

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Worried about the very real possibility of a NBA season lockout in 2011?

Me too.

Well, thank God we have this broad, banal, blah and boring blanket statement from the league and the players association today. It tells us absolutely nothing about the collective bargaining talks that occurred today:

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