Dirk Nowitzki was named the MVP of the NBA Finals in June as his Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, but he and his teammates will have to wait to open defense of their NBA title as labor negotiations grind on. The question is, how many sports fans care if the players ever get back on the court? (Associated Press)

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Dirk Nowitzki was named the MVP of the NBA Finals in June as his Dallas Mavericks beat the Miami Heat, but he and his teammates will have to wait to open defense of their NBA title as labor negotiations grind on. The question is, how many sports fans care if the players ever get back on the court? (Associated Press)