Basketball blues; NBA lockout continues to limp along

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wendt, who teaches Sports Law, says the players and the league/owners are nowhere near a deal a month and a half before the season is supposed to start.

The NBA lockout has been going since July 1.

"They're very far apart. It's one of the situations where they stopped negotiations because they think any future negotiations could actually cause more problems than good," Wendt explained. "The owners say they have to have a hard salary cap and the players are saying no."

Wendt says there isn't as much pressure from the fans to get a deal done; at least not when compared to the NFL. He says a number of the hoops players are heading overseas for the upcoming season. Wendt figures if the NBA tips off this season, it'll be an extremely abbreviated season.

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Originally published: 09/19/2011, KARE-TV