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NBA Work Stoppage Seems Likely With Sides Still Far Apart
Published January 21, 2011
TALKING THINGS THROUGH: Lakers Exec VP/Business Operations Jeanie Buss, who serves on the NBA's Labor Committee, said there are "some economic issues that teams have to deal with and we have to deal with them on a league level." Buss added, "I'm optimistic because I do feel there are plenty of members of the committee, as well as the ownership groups, that don't want to see (a lockout). But we do need to address some of the economic issues so I'm hoping for the best." While Buss said the problems are "more serious than they were" when the NBA had a work stoppage during the '98-99 season, she added, "They are problems that can be addressed through collective bargaining, so that keeps me optimistic because we have players and owners that want the same thing and that's to play basketball" (WSJ.com, 1/19).