Enjoy This Season While It Lasts: Why an NBA Lockout Is Inevitable Next Season

It's been a spectacular NBA season: big games, big shots, big moves and a whole lot of drama. But behind all this excitement and enjoyment from both the fans and the players, there lurks the dark cloud of a lockout next season with the current collective bargaining agreement expiring this June. 

While this may not be on everyone's mind, it soon will be. We should enjoy this season as much as possible, because we'll be lucky to have a 50-game season similar to the 1999 lockout. 

The reason is simple: The current system is just too unbalanced. 

Under the current CBA, the total revenue equation between players and owners just doesn't add up. Fifty-seven percent of the total gross income goes to the players, while the owners receive a petty 43 percent. 

The owners just won't have it, and for good reason.

Expenses are up all over the place. In this day and age, it costs much more to advertise, to market and to sustain a profit. Owners face the daunting cost of maintaining a profit while providing their players with a required amount of money. This is too large of a responsibility and the reason why owners are losing millions of dollars.

The idea of "superteams" is another recent issue.

Players like LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony have been able to team up with other superstars and form top-heavy superstar teams leaving small-market teams without a star player.

Small-market team owners don't want to settle for that.

In order for there not to be a lockout, all 30 teams must be making a profit, and that simply won't happen unless a hard cap is proposed and the luxury tax is limited.

If big-market teams like the Lakers, Celtics and Mavericks have a payroll of $80 million to $90 million, then what good is having a salary cap?

The current soft cap allows teams to go over the luxury tax when re-...

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