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you appear to have absolutely no idea of the issues of the current lockout. the players union is not asking for more. in fact, it has made several financial concessions during these talks, which will end up coming directly out of the players' pockets. there are only 450 people in the entire world who make an nba roster each season. it's a truly elite group. the smaller the elite group, the more money they can garner. i don't blame the players for asking for as much as they can get. i would. and you also have to keep in mind that the average professional life of a player is around five years, and the fact that not all players in the league make elitist salaries. your assumption that all the players are uneducated is completely without merit. while that may be your opinion, the majority did go to class and earn a grade. there are guidelines which require players to have a minimum gpa in order to be eligible to play. these guidelines apply to both college and high school players. you seem not to be taking into account that the owners have offered the large contracts to the players who earn them. over the past 15 years, the league has gotten itself into this mess. now, they're using the cba negotiations to try and force the players to bail the league out of this mess. finally, it's no secret that public opinion is that the nba is one of the most mismanaged leagues in the world of sports. the nba model, which the commissioner adopted when he took over in the late 1970s, is not working. the whole system needs to be revamped. mbmurr1, please, if you're going to comment on something, learn the facts about it first.~ KMM
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