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Ken Berger on D&C: NBA owners ‘want the players crushed and brought to their knees’ 07.01.11 at 10:36 am ET
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CBS Sports’€™ Ken Berger called in to Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss the NBA lockout. To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page.

Berger said the key difference between the CBA negotiations in 1998 and 2011 is ‘€œa groundswell now of support among the owners to fundamentally change the sport.’€

‘€œThat was not the case in the ‘€™98-99 lockout,’€ Berger said. ‘€œThe owners wanted cost-certainty, now they want to be guaranteed profit. They essentially want the players crushed and brought to their knees.’€

While Berger said that the two biggest issues in these negotiations are profit-splits and the hard-cap, he also criticized the NBA owners for misrepresenting their profitability to justify their position.

‘€œI don’€™t want to say that the owners are lying, or committing accounting fraud, or anything like that,’€ Berger said. ‘€œBut as anybody knows, anybody who’€™s ever done a tax return or opened a lemonade stand, you know that you can make the numbers say whatever you want them to say.

‘€œThey are clearly massaging the figures so that certain expenses ‘€¦ are counted on their books as money going out the door year after year, when it’€™s not really money going out the door.’€

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