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Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands during a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 16, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers stands during a free throw against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on December 16, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.
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The NBA's Philadelphia 76ers lost for the 17th time this season on Monday night. They've played a grand total of 17 games, so it doesn't take a math quiz to figure out that they've lost every game so far.

Combine their record with the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, and you have teams in the four of the biggest sports markets in the U.S. with 12 wins and 54 losses. And none of those teams looks to be getting better any time soon.

For more on what this means for the NBA we're joined by sports economist Andrew Zimbalist.

His soon-to-be-released book is called Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup.