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Labor Issues Have Dominated NBA, Football

Publication Date: 
September 08, 2011
Source: 
San Jose Mercury News
Author: 
Mark Emmons

Professor Bill Gould is quoted by Mark Emmons of the San Jose Mercury News on the current labor issues in professional sports and how the lockout has become the current "weapon du jour."

The NFL season began Thursday night after narrowly averting labor disaster. The NBA is mired in a lockout. Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement ends in December followed by the NHL next summer.

"It's been a perfect storm," said William Gould, the former National Labor Relations Board chairman. "Games matter to people, so obviously this has been a real minus for these sports."

And the NBA is on the clock. The start of the upcoming season will be in jeopardy if the league doesn't reach a labor deal soon.

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The NFL season began Thursday night after narrowly averting labor disaster. The NBA is mired in a lockout. Major League Baseball's collective bargaining agreement ends in December followed by the NHL next summer.

"It's been a perfect storm," said William Gould, the former National Labor Relations Board chairman. "Games matter to people, so obviously this has been a real minus for these sports."