Originally Posted by LX
If you want to get some idea of why owners are unnecessary and only exist as a result of their own rigged systems, this isn't a bad place to start.
that's a very bizarre statement - the owners OWN the teams, it's their money that pay the salaries and their marketing efforts that drive the league. Nobody is stopping you or me or anybody else from starting their own league. Heck, there are countless leagues around the world - why isn't basketball as rich in europe? Bigger market and 30 years ago there was probably just as much interest in the basketball there as in NA.
you can apply your own logic to any business - after all, it's the employees that do all the work, not the owners right? Of course, they did try the version without owners in Russia, China and many other places, and we all know the result.
And btw, having the players "own" the league would just replace one set owners with another. What makes you think the players, who can't even organize their own PA, could manage the league better?
Finally, nothing is stopping players from purchasing teams when they become available, like MJ did. Although you'd be hard pressed to find anybody who is impressed with the job he did in Charlotte.