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Monday, August 01, 2011
Is the NBA Lockout about Class Warfare?

Is the NBA lockout really about class warfare between owners and labor?  In an upcoming article in The Nation, Ari Paul considers that question.


Talk about stretching to make a point...

Let's look for a moment at the oppressed "average player" who does not get $20 M a year in salary plus endorsements as the "star players" do:

1. He is in the league for 4-5 years.

2. The average salary is $700K per year.

3. Odds are that he had the opportunity to get a free college education if he wanted one.

So this hypothetical player - 5 years out of college - is at most 27 years old and has earned approximately $3M by that time. And college did not cost him or his family a bundle nor did it saddle him with a six-figure student loan that has to be paid-off.

Is that a description of an "oppressed class" of people?

Anonymous The Sports Curmudgeon -- 8/02/2011 1:07 PM  

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