2011-2012 NBA Lockout

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The 2011-2012 Lockout was the 4th in NBA history which began July 1st, 2011. The lockout came about because players and coaches were having issues with revenue sharing and the argument about hard and soft caps for the player’s salaries. Because of the lockout, teams were inactive for about 2 months which shortened the season from 82 games to 66. During the lockout teams were not able to trade players, sign new ones, or even use any of the NBA facilities which was rough for all involved in the NBA especially the coaches and players. This also meant that the players were not allowed to even train as well. All games, including preseason games were canceled. Because players did not see the Lockout getting resolved, some resorted to playing overseas but were to come back once it was over. One of the main issues that was faced during the Lockout, as Derek Thompson wrote, was that the players wanted the NBA to work more like the MLB. The players want guaranteed salaries, which of course makes sense. Why wouldn’t you want to be reassured that you will make a certain salary? But the coaches were arguing that it should work more like the NFL where players can be dropped or traded and not get paid unless they are performing to a certain standard, which again makes sense. Why pay a player millions of dollars if he performs minimally? But how can we blame players that get injured during the season? There’s good and bad points to both strategies and that was one of the main concerns for the NBA Lockout. Finally, on November 26th, 2011 a deal was reached. The NBA came up with a new schedule for the remainder of the season where games were able to take place in arenas. Because of the shortened schedule it meant that players had less days off and more days where they would play games back to back. The 161 days of NBA lockout came to and end after both the owners and players ratified a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). To read more about the NBA Lockout, click here. 


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