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NBA, David Stern and labor lessons

Updated: July 6, 2011, 5:07 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Seventeen years ago in August, then-interim commissioner Bud Selig and his fractious band of owners took a Ruthian cut at the heart of the Major League Baseball Players Association first by forcing a players' strike that ended what was becoming an historic season and wiped out the World Series. Later, the owners took another prodigious swing, Reggie Jackson in style, by unilaterally imposing a salary cap on the players.

What is past is prologue, and today, NBA commissioner ...

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