SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – In his daily chat with the KCBS morning crew Thursday, John Madden addressed what could be simultaneous labor stoppages in the NFL and now the NBA.

“There was no need for this (NFL lockout),” said Madden. “The owners opted out when they had their first chance a couple of years ago and the players knew it was going to happen … so this is something that both sides knew that it was going to come to this situation and they had two years to do something about it and they didn’t.”

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The NFL work stoppage would affect people above and beyond those who work at the stadiums, including hotel workers, taxicab drivers, restaurant workers and the like.  Madden said despite that, a solution might not happen until the owners and players start losing money. “At some point that’s going to be realized,” said Madden. The players and owners will conclude: “‘This is costing me money now.'”

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Madden also discusses how effective the NFL player mini-camps have been, plus a fan’s amazing throw-back of Miguel Tejada’s home run in Chicago on Tuesday.

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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