If Season Cancelled, Both Sides Lose?
Sounds like fun. Sounds like more than a few players might want to begin questioning whether going from the bargaining room to the courtroom was everything it was cracked up to be. Sounds like more than a few owners might want to reconsider before authorizing the NBA’s army of attorneys to attempt to demolish the players in district courts from coast to coast.
There isn’t a lot of legal precedent for a pro athletes’ union winning significant damages against their league, and that’s for a reason. That’s because there have always been, and remain, sound reasons for one side or the other not to want to risk defeat or score too overwhelming a victory. There’s a point where routing your opponent in a sports antitrust action becomes just as big a loss for you, and that point is when you emerge and realize that the people you just annihilated won’t make particularly good partners when it’s over.
That’s the thing about mutually assured destruction. By definition, everybody loses.