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Better East Texas: NBA lockout and the Texas Rangers

By Pat Stacey

What a contrast you are experiencing if you are a fan of the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks.  The Mavericks who, forever, were the bridesmaids of the NBA have won a championship but are now benched because of the owner lockout and then there are the Texas Rangers back in the World Series for the second year in a row. 

Now the Rangers haven't won the title yet but they have won the hearts of Metroplex sports fans.  They have never been more popular and it is certainly because of their winning record but it also involves the appeal of the players.   They all seem like likable guys. 

When you look across town at the Mavericks and the entire NBA league you see the lousy side of sports – owners and players fighting over millions if not billions of dollars. 

Baseball, perhaps, learned its lesson back in 1994 when a player strike sent the season into a tailspin.  But the reality is that many teams have still not recovered or been forgiven by their fan base and revenue sharing has saved many from going under.  

So now the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks are the designated sitters while the Rangers take center stage – maybe for good. 

If the extreme greed that continues to drive professional sports isn't curbed, especially with the NBA, I'll have to go back to watching wrestling where there is no union and the competition, at least for jobs, is real and has no guarantee. 

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