Is it really that Hard?

The NBA (National Basketball Association) has cancelled the entire preseason and has recently cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season. There is a very high possibility that entire season will be cancelled because the player union and the owners are still very far apart on some issues. One of the main disagreements is the length of the player contracts. The owners want the contracts maximum length to be three to four years while the players want the longest contract to be four or five years. Another area of disagreement is the amount of luxury-tax for the teams. The owners want a high luxury-tax for teams so big market teams like the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers can’t dominate the free agent market. The players and owners are also discussing how the “basketball-related revenues” will be divided between the owners and players. Ownership would like an even 50-50 split while the players would like at least 54.3% of the pie. If David Stern, the commissioner of the NBA, cancels the entire season, it could have a huge impact on major cities and the future of the NBA. The NBA season brings in a large amount of money for local businesses because of the large amounts of people who go to the games. Also, the NBA provides a lot of jobs for the local community. It has also been reported that many of the NBA stars are looking at foreign teams to play for during the lock out. These players might like these foreign leagues better and could leave the NBA forever.

I don’t know how the recent NFL and NBA lockouts can last so long and cause so much commotion. The NFL lockout this past summer I understand a little more because those players have such short carriers and their health is in serious jeopardy when they play. But the NBA lockout baffles me. The owners and players are almost all millionaires and they are willing to cancel the season because they both are so stubborn. Satisfying the fans is the most important goal for the NBA. By cancelling the upcoming season, they would be upsetting and depriving all their loyal fans. I think this NBA lockout symbolizes what is wrong with our country and why there is always conflict over taxes, health care or other government regulations. The two sides (players vs owners, democrats vs. republicans) don’t want to swallow their pride and get things done. It always comes down to the last seconds for some deal to be made. I honestly think most of the time, the government and even the NBA does stuff like this for the publicity that they receive. Stop the drama and reach an agreement. If our class can decide on the best seating arrangement during class, the NBA can end this lockout.

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9 Responses to Is it really that Hard?

  1. mike cardinute says:

    IMO It’s the owners fault. They are the BILLIONAIRES who won’t share the pie with the players who PLAY FOR THEM. Without the players or the fans there would be no professional sports. What is an extra couple million to the players going to do to the owner’s salaries? Nothing at all. I agree with you and think that all these lockouts are ridiculous. How can millionaires fight over any more money? Enough is enough, just play the game and entertain the fans before there is no game and all those millionaires become jobless.

  2. katiebaum13 says:

    I agree with post. I don’t really know which side to take because I feel that both sides (the players and the owners) are being rediculous. This entire lockout is all about greed. Both sides already make millions and millions of dollars which is more than enough that someone needs to have a comfortable lifestyle. I think that this lockout is extremely selfish as well because both sides are only thinking about themselves. While they are busy fighting about how many million they are going to make each year, there are thousands and thousands of people who are losing their jobs. These jobs that the NBA creates are very important and are some people’s only means of surviving and being able to support themselves and their familes. This greed and selfishness of both the players and the owners, is effecting a large group of people that they don’t even know about, and for that matter care about. These people need to be mature and settle an agreement.

  3. Slade says:

    If both sides remain stubborn and do not attempt to make and agreement or push the other side into agreement then it will remain as a stalemate, so I think that it makes sense tactically for the NBA to cancel play time in order to force the players to give in. Doing so will hurt the players much more than the owners since they do not depend on the play for their money the same way the players do. While it is not fair, it is usually how things end up working out in order for business to move on.

  4. tpm011 says:

    I feel more sorry for the NBA owners than i did the NFL owners. But in all reality none of the owners use these teams as their primary source of income so i don’t feel bad for any of them. Everyone is losing because the players know that the fans come for their talent, but the owners provide the location and the salaries. Fans have the ability to watch college sports for half the price

  5. eeewald says:

    Stuff like this really angers me. I can’t believe how selfish some people can be. You’re getting paid way more than the majority of the rest of the world to play a game for your living and millions of fans who adore you. Why do you feel the need to go on strike. No one is taking advantage of you. The fans are the ones who get taken advantage of. We’re the ones who have to pay $8 for a beer at your games, and we make a fraction of what you get. Stop acting like children and get back to work.

  6. jwhite17 says:

    I have a different perspective on this issue. I’m a Bucks fan, (unfortunately) and my team has had a huge disadvantage in the current system. Under the current system a team can easily buy its way to victory, which is a practice that has to stop. The NFL is actually the perfect role model in terms of contracts and competitive environment. The NFL has incredibly strong revenue sharing (whereas the NBA has very little) making it easier for small market teams to compete. This increases the appeal of the teams at the local level. Also, NBA contracts are fully guaranteed, often for four to five years. This gives little incentive for players to play well in intervening years, which is a phenomenon I’ve seen multiple times. Also, this wouldn’t be a problem if the owners were making money. In fact, many of the teams in the NBA are losing money. If the league wants to survive it has to find a way to make its teams profitable, or else owners will not want to own NBA teams. While I do think that both sides are stubborn, I don’t think it’s as easy as saying that the owners are being greedy when many of them are losing millions of dollars, and are operating in a system that is stacked heavily in favor of the players.

  7. Jordi says:

    There is actually a book, The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, that argues that disasters and crises is the current means of getting things done in capitalism.

  8. Nate says:

    I would have to be in support of the players on this issue. The players are the ones who have the God given talents that entertain us. I without a doubt believe that the players deserve a larger share of the pie. Alex was saying how some players are leaving to play in foreign leagues. As a matter of fact, the NBA’s best player recently signed a 3-year contract with a team in Italy’s professional basketball league.

  9. Cander says:

    It’s a tricky situation. The main problem I see is that owners are viewing the NBA as an investment rather than how a typical fan would view it, which is why some owners are willing to spend more than others. This is why I don’t think it’s unreasonable for owners to try to make a profit (they put up the $$). However, the big difference between the NBA and the NFL is the amount of players. At most, NBA teams are fielding 10 players in a game, the NFL is looking at upwards of 40.

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