The man at the center of the NBA’s last lockout has joined ESPN to analyze what will more than likely be the league’s next work stoppage.
ESPN has hired former NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik as a “labor analyst” to cover collective bargaining agreement negotiations in both the NBA and NFL.
Granik, who left the NBA in 2006, “was the lead negotiator for the NBA in the past four collective bargaining negotiations with the NBA Players Association.” That includes the 1998 labor negotiations, which resulted in a lengthy lockout.
That 1998-99 lockout resulted in the cancellation of several games, and as of 2010 remains the only time in NBA history that the league has lost games due to labor strife.
The NBA and NFL are both looking at potential work stoppages in 2011.