The NBA Lockout is Here and Some Links

Doomsday is here. It’s not official yet, but the NBA owners will be locking the players out sometime after 12:01 am when the current CBA expires. With no new CBA all league business is on hold. That means no trades or free agent signings. The NFL is locked out; the NBA will be locked out; this is going to be a long sports-less summer (for me at least)–but at least the Women’s World Cup is on, right? Links and a song after the jump…

Anyway, here are some links so you can learn a little more about this whole mess.

-One of the big points the owners have been making is that 22 of 30 teams are losing money for a total of $370 million in the red. Larry Coon of ESPN takes a look at those numbers a little more.

-Even more on the losing money topic: Deadspin got their hands on some of the New Jersey Nets’ financials from a couple of years ago. Give it a read to see some creative accounting.

-Arturo Galletti over at Wages of Wins takes a good look at the numbers behind the lockout.

-Henry Abbot of ESPN True Hoop has 11 thoughts about the end of the CBA. I like his optimistic take on things.

So hang in there everyone; this is going to be a long, drawn out fight. But in the meantime, we’ll still be here at Swarm and Sting bringing you Hornets coverage. And if you’re bored, let me know and we’ll meet up somewhere to watch the Women’s World Cup.

So tonight, I’ll leave you with this…

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