The NBA Season Shrinks with a Two-Week Lockout
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The NBA's pre-season is gone and the earliest any game could be played is now mid-November. We hear what the shutdown is costing owners, players, businesses and workers who depend on the Lakers, the Clippers and other NBA teams. Also, California is bucking a national handgun trend by banning what's legal in 42 other states: "open carry." Will there be a backlash? On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, homeownership and the fading American dream.
Banner image: Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association, with NBA players (L-R) Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Baron Davis, speaks at a press conference after NBA labor negotiations on September 30, 2011 in New York City. Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images
Can Professional Basketball Get Back on Its Game? ()
The National Hockey League lost a full season before owners and players could reach a deal seven years ago. Now the National Basketball Association's pre-season never happened and the regular season's been cancelled through mid-November. If players and owners agree before then, it'll still take another month to get the regular season going.
- Mike Bresnahan: Los Angeles Times, @Mike_Bresnahan
- David Carter: USC Sports Business Institute, @uscmarshall
Governor Brown Signs California 'Open Carry' Ban ()
In 42 states, it's now legal to openly carry a handgun. In all but two of them, the gun can be loaded. Republican Governors are liberalizing the opportunities for gun owners. California used to allow open carry of un-loaded guns, but Democratic Governor Jerry Brown signed a law this week that prohibits any "open carry" at all. Gun rights advocates are preparing to go to court.
Homeownership and the Fading American Dream ()
In the aftermath of the housing market collapse and the sub-prime mortgage scandal, President Obama promised help for millions of homeowners trying to avoid foreclosures. That hasn't happened. We hear what's going wrong and what it could mean for the future.
- Paul Kiel: ProPublica, @paulkiel
- Cembrye Ross: 14-year homeowner
- Alyssa Katz: Columbia Journalism School
- John Taylor: National Community Reinvestment Coalition
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