And the irony is that these contracts should be used as a defense for the owners and a possible lockout and not as ammunition against them. The problem is that there is very little common sense in sports ownership. The problem is that they can’t stop spending. The problem is they can’t control themselves. And that’s why they need rules. And those rules come in the form of an agreement that is collectively bargained with the players’ union. And so here we are.From Mike Heika's blog entry, "How I think the owners see it." It's a tremendous examination of all the current issues facing the CBA negotiations. Follow up reading is required: "How I think the players see it."