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NBA: Lockout history repeating itself

The future looks as grim for the NBA right now as it did for the NFL three months back

Originally Published: April 29, 2011
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

In the days leading up to the Super Bowl in early February, the enthusiasm for the matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers, two of the National Football League's most venerable franchises, was dampened by the expectation that it might be the last meaningful professional football game played for a long while.

Management and the players' union had hardened their positions; and, as expected, the lockout began five weeks later. The owners weren't going to let the ...

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