Good job on having a second lockout in your tenure as NBA commissioner. Unlike in the 98-99 season, the NBA has grown international meaning that plenty of more interest in the sport leads to more opportunity for players to go overseas and get paid. Do the NBA owners really think they have the upper hand on their players? Not just in Portland, but other small market cities with teams are going to suffer from this too. There are lots of staff that work at the games, there are bars that get more business due to games. The Timber's season is winding down, the Seahawks are too far away to care about, and not everyone is a fan of the Ducks. Now at least I can see more Winterhawks games.
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