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.