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NBA lockout has fans, sports books frustrated

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

The NBA locked out its players Thursday night, bringing all league business to a screeching halt.

This work stoppage, combined with the NFL's, brings two of the three major professional sports leagues to a virtual standstill.

"I don't think anything good will come out of this," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "This is just what happens in labor disputes, lockouts and strikes."

Some analysts believe some if not all of the NBA season could be wiped out.

At Las Vegas sports books the NBA brings in 10-20 percent of revenues and consistent traffic.

Add in potential NFL games being lost and there could be big trouble ahead.

"Really devastating," said Jay Kornegay, Vice President in charge of the Hilton Race and Sports book.  "If you were to take the NFL and the NBA out of the equation, you're probably talking about 50 percent of the bottom line for sports books."

Fans seem flabbergasted that two leagues with so much going for them would risk everything for a bigger piece of the pie.

"They're all millionaires," said fan Damon Morris.  "What do they have to be mad about? What, they need an $18 million house instead of a $15 million house?"

Morris says he'll watch and bet more college sports if the pros aren't playing.

But he's worried about his Sunday and Monday viewing habits in the fall.

"It's all about money," said Morris.  "I hope they can get this fixed. What are we gonna do? We want to watch tackling and running and we want to watch dunking and shooting.  What are we gonna do for the fall? It's just a bad situation."

Sports bettors can still place future bets on the NFL and NBA, but they come with a disclaimer at the bottom saying if the championships aren't played or games on the board aren't played within 30 days of the original date, then all bets are refunded.

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