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Weekly Roundup: NBA Lockout Begins, NFL Lockout Continues, Fourth of July 2011, and Phillies Take Red Sox Series

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The Omelette Friday July 1, 2011

NBA Lockout Begins...2011 Season Already in Jeopardy

The NBA Lockout began at midnight last night as both sides are not even close in their negotiations. Players were taking in 57% of revenues before the expiration of the last CBA and owners want it to be in the lower 40% range.

Players responded with a 54% revenue-sharing offer, which they say will save the league over $500 million over the course of 5 years.

If NBA Owners want an NFL-style cap (which would be the best thing to ever happen to the league) you can all but be assured the 2010-2011 season will not happen. Philly hater and ESPN writer Michael Wilbon said the NBA Lockout will dwarf the NFL Lockout.

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NFL Lockout Continues as Optimism Wanes

There was a lot of optimism that the NFL Lockout would end by the middle of July, but that optimism has waned some. DeMaurice Smith contends that both sides are "far apart." But, this may just be a PR move. However, there is a report that owners and players are drifting further apart in negotiations.

Unlike the NBA Lockout (which will be prolonged) most experts feel the NFL Lockout will end by the end of July and NFL Training Camps will begin on time. Aaron Rodgers just came out and said "everyone has a sense it (the nfl lockout) will end soon." And, if a high-profile player such as Rodgers is willing to go out on a limb like that, it's a good sign.

Both sides met for 15 hours yesterday and will meet again today.

Fourth of July 2011 Weekend Kicks Off

Thousands of PA, Delaware, and Jersey residents are heading to the Jersey shore for the Fourth of July Weekend as gas prices have fallen nearly 50 cents. In Lancaster County - gas is below $3.40 and it's down to under $3.60 in the Norristown area.

That is certainly some relief, but tolls are going up once again across the major bridges into Philly. Tolls were raised from $4.00 to $5.00 just in time for the Fourth of July Weekend.

Phillies Lose Game Three Against Red Sox, But Still Take Series

Even though the Phillies had a disappointing game against the Red Sox yesterday (losing 5-2) they did win this series. And, Cole Hamels did not suffer a major injury yesterday. They said he's probable for his next start after taking a liner off his non-pitching hand during the 4th inning yesterday. The Phillies head to Torono to take on the Blue Jays at 1:07 today. Kyle Kendrick will take the hill against Ricky Romero.

Contact Dennis Bakay at dbakay@philly2philly.com

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