October 22nd, 2010
02:09 PM ET

NBA salary issues, Yankees-Rangers

The NFL isn’t the only professional sports league facing potential labor issues.

While football owners are on the cusp of locking out their players for the 2011 season, the NBA may be on the verge of doing the same thing if no collective bargaining agreement can be reached.

NBA commissioner David Stern stole headlines Thursday when he announced the league is aiming to cut player salaries by $750-800 million next season – or roughly a third of the players’ $2.1 billion annually earned through salary and benefits.

The league’s CBA is set to expire on June 30, and while some significant changes have long been expected, Stern’s estimate Thursday sent shockwaves through the sport and made a 2011 lockout seem like a realistic outcome.

The owners described their current predicament to the union as a “diseconomic situation,” claiming they are projected to lose a $350-400 million this season. Despite an increase in ticket sales, owners said a new CBA agreement is a necessity, as players currently earn 57 percent of the league’s basketball-related income.

In addition, CBSSports.com is reporting that the NBA is even considering contraction in attempt to make the league profitable to owners once again.

If an agreement cannot be reached before next fall, it would be the NBA’s first work stoppage since the 1998-1999 season. And with an NFL lockout possibly looming as well in 2011, it would be an untimely disagreement for the NBA, who is looking to establish itself as pro sports' No. 2 league behind the aforementioned NFL.

With decisions and deliberations still months away, here is the action to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

Orlando Magic at Miami Heat (7:30 p.m., ESPN)
Two of the Eastern Conference’s best, and most star-studded, teams meet in a preseason battle of the Florida franchises. LeBron James scored 38 points in the Heat’s victory last night over the Atlanta Hawks.

New York Yankees at Texas Rangers (8:07 p.m, TBS)
With a 3-2 series advantage in hand and returning home, the Rangers send Game 2 winner Colby Lewis back to the mound to face the Yankees’ Phil Hughes.

BY THE NUMBERS

5 – Length of the deal striker Wayne Rooney signed with Manchester United on Friday. Last week, Rooney voiced his displeasure with the club and said he might not return following the 2012 season. But yesterday, Rooney said he was “delighted” to return after “intensive discussions" with the organization.

60 – Points No. 1 Oregon hung in their Pac-10 romp over ULCA last night. It was the Ducks’ first game since being named No. 1 for the first time in school history last week.

7 – Day disabled list the MLB is currently considering specially for players who suffer concussions. The new rule could be implemented as soon as next season.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. bizprof

    I would have thought the Indiana-Illinois game would have made the list. Both teams have a chance to get bowl eligible this year but they would have to beat each other to do it. Go IU.

    October 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Mehdi General Dr Bad


    1. Where is Army Nurse Deborah Christiine D'angelo From New Jersy?

    October 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    2.Who Told Bill and HIllary Clinton MY Name and on What Specific Date?

    October 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    3. Who Told Glen Beck To put out the STILL Standing A.P.B. on Me?

    October 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    i gave u a list of some of my companies, and a list of things to do as well.
    now if i have to exaplin it?
    it wil be with court orders and lock out.
    i have no use for you .
    you have nthing i want or need.
    im going to lock you out and gut you.

    October 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    how many hundreds of millsions of dollars now have Billa nd Hillary taking from those jews and arabs for how long?

    October 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    Mariah Carey and HIallary clinton have been cashin in and aprtying on inside info and me for years now.
    while MY wifes, children and Troops suffer and die.

    October 22, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    i have stared in 1973, realeing " natinal secrets".
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    October 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    October 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Mehdi General Dr Bad

    im done slapping u selfish w/h/o/res around. so u cna cry vctim, boo hoo mena OLD MAN picking on porr innnocent little you.
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    October 22, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Mehdi General Dr Bad

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    October 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. whocares

    This isn't news

    October 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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