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NBA Owners Will Lock Out Players at Midnight

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Labor negotiations between NBA team owners and players broke down this afternoon as the two sides couldn’t reach a new collective bargaining agreement. The players union presented an offer that was rejected by the owners at their three-hour meeting in New York. This comes after one of the league’s most successful seasons in years in terms of television ratings and national interest. The lockout will commence at midnight. One of the first casualties will be the team websites, which will not be allowed to feature images or videos of the players. Due to fair use, team sites may not even be allowed to mention players by name. In other words, their content will be terrible. [ESPN] [nickgreene]