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NBA season in jeopardy after union rejects deal. We’ll have the latest.

Surrounded by NBA players, including New York Knicks' Chauncy Billups, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, right, NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the players' union in New York, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. The NBA players rejected the league's latest offer and have begun the process to disband the union. (AP)

Surrounded by NBA players, including New York Knicks' Chauncy Billups, left, and Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook, right, NBA Players Association president Derek Fisher speaks during a news conference after a meeting of the players' union in New York, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011. The NBA players rejected the league's latest offer and have begun the process to disband the union. (AP)

If you thought a 1-3-1 trapping zone was complex, consider a disclaimer of interest or union decertification. These terms are being floated instead of running jumpers in the lane. The schedule says we should all be calling into sports radio marveling at about Rondo’s handle, Durant’s wingspan and how Kobe getting all the calls.

Instead, the existential question grows more legitimate: Will there be an NBA Season? And what of the arena workers, the business, the smaller NBA cities- they’re getting none of the hoop and all of the harm.

This hour, On Point: NBA — No Basketball Anticipated.

-Mike Pesca

Guests

Ian Thomsen, senior writer for Sports Illustrated.

Gabe Feldman, the Director of the Tulane Sports Law Program and the Associate Provost for NCAA Compliance at Tulane University.

Mick Cornett, mayor of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

From The Reading List

The New York Times “Faced with a deal it could not accept, and a negotiating process that had reached a dead end, the National Basketball Players Association elected to disband Monday afternoon, thrusting the N.B.A. into chaos. The prospect of reviving the 2011-12 season now rests with the courts.”

Sports Illustrated “The final offer comes amid a swelling movement among the players to pursue decertification. They had been hoping to force the owners to compromise in negotiations by threatening to take the union’s case to court.”

The Oklahoman “Cornett played a prominent role in helping the city lure an NBA franchise, but he has maintained a low profile throughout the league’s 111-day lockout. However, he is still paying close attention to negotiations between the owners and players.”

ESPN “Hunter said the NBPA was in the process of converting to a trade association and that all players will be represented in a class-action suit against the NBA by attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and David Boies — who were on opposite sides of the NFL labor dispute, Kessler working for the players, Boise for the league.”

Photos

Sports Illustrated writer Ian Tomsen in the On Point studio. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Sports Illustrated writer Ian Tomsen in the On Point studio. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Guest host Mike Pesca in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Guest host Mike Pesca in the On Point studios. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

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  • Deathtothejews

    Nigger Nigger Chicken Dinner

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Millionaires arguing with millionaires over money–yawn.  Wake me for the revolution.

    • Campless

      Yawn, GC?  Wake me up when your book or class is over.

      • CORY.

        Hey Greg, is your “anti-poster” someone who flunked out of one of your classes?  Quite an honor to have your own arch-enemy!

        • William F. B.

          Most conservatives these days seem to have flunked out of class . . . must be why they hate educated people (“elites” to them) so much. Remember when conservatives were actually well read, well educated, and intelligent, and, even if you disagreed with them, you could still respect their intellect? Well, I guess that ship has sailed for good.

          • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

            Yup, I miss William F. Buckley, Jr. too.

          • Edmund B.

            William F. Buckley would be horrified by your ignorant, backward anti-intellectualism. 

          • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

            Would you care to support that statement?

          • John

            You’ve got such a nice cowboy costume, Greg, I hate to tell you Halloween is over.

          • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

            Again, would you like to explain what you’re talking about?

        • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

          I’m not against the reporting of this.  I just can’t feel sorry for these posturing whiners.

    • JustSayin

      It reminds me of this line out of Dr. Zhivago:

      Gen. Yevgraf Zhivago: “In  bourgeois terms, it was a war between the Allies and Germany.  In Bolshevik terms, it was a war between the Allied and German upper classes – and which of them won was of total indifference.”

    • Youretheparasite

      The revolution is being cleaned up; rapists and druggies will be coming your way.

    • Smiclops

      Hey GC I read your piece on the Marlin .22, now I own one. Best decision ever.

      • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

        Good choice, and I’m glad to help.  I bought mine at an evil gun show.  Have fun, shoot small, and stay safe.

      • Beez

        Pretty sad buying a gun is your “best decision ever”.

        • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

          It’s a good choice for developing the skill of shooting a rifle, and .22 LR is cheap–$15 for a box of 550 here in Arkansas.

  • RiddleMeThis

    The public respects the rights of professional athletes to collective bargain, but the MSM and GOP has made a pariah out of teachers, tradesman and health care workers for expecting the same economic due respect.

    Riddle me this:

    Why can Millionaires demand proper compensation from Billionaires through collective bargaining negotiations and regular folks can’t?

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

      I saw a political cartoon once that had two basketball players in a court watching a limosine pass.  One player says to the other, “There goes one of those millionaire teachers, while here we are working our tails off to play basketball for a living.”  The caption read, “In a parallel universe.”

  • CORY.

    Big fan of the pro game in the 80′s.  The style and personalities of pro basketball have turned me off for a long time.  I’d rather give my dollar to the local highschool team anyway.  Besides, it is hard to pick a favorite between pro players and team owners.

  • Winston Smith

    Both the owners and players are totally greedy.  Why don’t they both agree to lower their financial demands so that ticket prices can be lowered so that the average guy on the street can actually afford to go to a game, and perhaps even buy some concessionary items at a reasonable price?

    • Jasoturner

      Oh man, what have you been smoking?

      Yeah, and they’ll give free ponies to the kids, too!

  • Captain Augustus

    The money has gotten out of hand and I could care less about these people and the season.  I do feel bad about those workers and business owners that will lose money or have to cut workers because their businesses rely on the NBA games. 

    • Hidan

      Screw the business owners as well. They do nothing but gouge the fans on foods, drinks and goods.  8$ a sausage 6$ for a hotdog. another 6 to 8 for a cup a beer…these business owners are parasites and leeches.

      • Smiclops

        6 bucks if your lucky for beer. I’ve paid Ten for a 16 oz. TEN DOLLARS! That will almost buy you a thirty rack of PBR. Arenas should go back to BYOB. Speaking of going back lets really go back in time and put the cage back up around the players, back in the thirties people uesed to throw hot metal and glass at the players when they were upsetting the crowd…ah the good ol days!  Maybe then I wouldn’t mind them getting paid so much lol. Go check out the Basketball Hall of Fame, very crazy stuff. 

  • Yar

    I am not a sports fan, so I don’t understand how the entertainment industry attracts the resources it does.  It appears to be changing, maybe the NBA needs to adopt a new business model.  Instead of trying to fill huge arenas with 150 dollar ticket seats, what would happen if the players traveled to existing high school or college arenas and charged 15 dollars per ticket?  It will build the fan base and improve TV viewership.  I live in a rural area where basketball is king, the players could fill any arena they visit.  This isn’t really a new business model, the Harlem Globetrotters have used it successfully for years.  The idea of players abandoning the big arenas should drive owners back to the table. Is this an idea that will work in today’s economy?

    • Henry

      dream on…

  • Anonymous

    The more things change… on both sides the entitled wealthy complain that they are not valued and the 99% really suffer the consequences of their distorted perspectives of what is reasonable and respectable. This will not just hurt street vendors, service people and local businesses, as one commentator put it, this will even hurt those players for whom an NBA carreer is a mere 3 to 5 years.  

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

      A career 3 to 5 years with a $15 million in their pocket. it’s a pretty good career for me.

  • Chris

    In a sporting sense, I don’t care because I’m a hockey fan and hardly ever watch basketball. However, given that the NBA and NHL share many arenas, corporate parents, etc., the financial hit probably overlaps a bit as revenue from concessions and other things is lost, likely forever.

  • Jasoturner

    What NBA players and owners don’t seem to understand is how little pro basketball really means to people.  It is nowhere as big as football, baseball or college basketball, which people would be upset about.  A year or two without the NBA might teach them a nice lesson in humility.

  • Rich

    The big story of the day is the OWS protesters being evicted in NY. Your big story is some sports BS. FU On point. I’ll remember at pledge time.

    • Youretheparasite

      They’re talking about fleabags just not the ones you want, ok.

      • TFRX

        “Fleabags”?

        Nice to not blow your cover right off the bat.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rickevans033050 Rick Evans

      The NBA lockout has far reaching economic affects on local sports related businesses. It’s not just a trivial sports story.   OWS is getting plenty of coverage. 

  • Beez

    These gentleman are the best in the world at what they do. They deserve to be highly paid. The league brings in billions in revenue and the players are responsible for that not the owners. Of course the owners deserve to make money, and they do, but the players want what they deserve and the owners are greedy.
    Basketball is the only sport I follow. I could care less about the “Sawks”, Bruins or Pats, dude.
    Here’s hoping for a short season to keep those old legs of the Big Three fresh so we can get another banner (alebeit with an asterisk perhaps)

    • TFRX

      Speaking of short season: As an NBA fan I ask you, doesn’t the league run the risk of its fans realizing that they really don’t miss the pre-Thanksgiving games and can be very well entertained with a 66-game schedule or so?

      • Beez

        That’s a good point! I could do with a shorter season…

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

      Why do they deserve what they’re paid?  The only justification is that people pay them.  If people stopped supporting these parasites, they’d go away.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

    too much Greed in this world. The basketball players, coaches , referees, etc etc are not making PENNIS they are making millions of dollars and endorsements. What Heck is going on with our world!!!!!

    So much Greed that I wish that basketball will disappear.

    I AM TIRED OF HEARING MONEY, MONEY AND MONEY.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

      I am living pay to pay check and I don’t even complain to my employer because the moment I complain I’ll be fired.

  • Nancy Ann Belsky

    Who cares?  I’m tired of hreaing a bunch of grown men crying over more and more millions of $$$$$$$$$$$$$.  To put this in perspective ask yoourself how many towns in Vermont and New Hampshire have ENTIRE SCHOOL BUDGETS well under the salaries of even the these players?
    Nancy Ann Belsky – Surry NH

  • jim

    Look at those bunch of losers, especially that commissioner. All they ever want is money, money and more money. I still remember the commissioner, who is suppose to be unabiased, rooting for the lakers to get to the finals!!! now, i understand why small market team owners are refusing this non-sense. these ungrateful bunch should take a 30% pay cut… hey folks, we are in a recession. and yes, football players deserve more than you do!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

      At least Football players are College geaduates and have Master’s degrees like Shaq!!!!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

        just kidding about Shaq he’s not a football player.

  • Anonymous

    Like someone else wisely said, “who cares”? A bunch of 1%’rs arguing over how big their slice of the pie should be.

    If you want to talk about sports, how about how most of the 99% could never even afford to go to these games?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

    The most disgusting part even the players who don’t play a lot on the NBA games still get paid millions for sitting down.

    When did I get paid sitting my behind at work doing nothing not in my life time and will never will.

  • nj

    In the On Point M.O., Hour 1 is usually the Heavy, Important Story. Big Stuff—fall of governments, economic issues, Supreme Court decisions; the institutional machinations of our troubled democracy. Balanced by generally Lighter (cultural) Fare in Hour 2.

    Today’s Biggest Story is—be sure you’re sitting down for this—overpaid, whiny adults who earn their millions by running around with a ball.

    Really?! This is the Most Important Thing the show’s crafters thought needed attention today?

    Where’s Seth and Amy when we need them?

  • Anonymous

    Someone needs to mic check On Point – in terms of what’s going on in the world, this is drivel.

  • TFRX

    Wait, our host asked about median salary.

    Why are we hearing about “average salary” of $5M instead of median or mean salary? If Bill Gates, my supervisor’s boss, and I are in an elevator, the average salary is pretty high, but it’s cold comfort to everybody there not named Bill Gates.

  • Takrause

    Why was the prior caller concerned that the players made million dollar salaries but is not concerned by the billion dollar  profits by the owners? The owners are every bit as greedy as the players. As the players are earning their salaries. 

  • http://www.fibrowitch.net Jan Dumas

    If I want to see good basketball, I will go watch a woman’s professional or college team. Men’s basketball is nothing abut ten guys on a court trying to play horse.

    Personally I watch baseball in the summer, football in the fall, and hockey in the winter. Unless basketball brings back the short shorts. Then I’ll watch again.

  • guest

    This is not about players saleries!!!!
    This is about “SPORTS” being relabled “ENTERTAINMENT”!!!!
    Owners can NOW make a BOATLOAD of money. More than ever before.
    These players want to share in the new markets that have opened up!
    Not just be EXPLOITED by owners.
    OWNERS need to be reeled in!

  • TFRX

    “Why not have the WNBA play instead of the NBA?” asks caller Brian.

    As a fan of womens’ basketball (anyone else here remember the Columbus Quest?) I have to mention that most of the WNBA superstars and players of note are overseas working their second or third basketball job.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    These parasites will be losing money?  Oh, let me go cry and gnash my teeth.  I tell you what, let’s send them all letters about how to apply for unemployment, how to get health care at a charity clinic, how to apply for food stamps, and so on.

    Insert language not appropriate for this board here.

  • Ben Rosenthal

    Why are you spending valuable air time on this?  The men’s game was bankrupt long ago when height became the only thing that matters. Let the women play.  Now can we talk about something meaningful?

    • It’s a Game

      Have you watched the WNBA?  LOL   No, that is NOT a replacement.

  • It’s a Game

    I am not mad at any professional athlete (in any sport) trying to fight for every penny.  It’s their pennies, not mine.   I get sick of hearing people say, “Look at how much money they are making.”  You would make that same kind of money if millions of people were willing to pay to watch YOU work.  If you generate the revenue, you should get the lion’s share of the revenue.  Just pay your taxes (this country needs it).   

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

      I am not jealous with their money. I am disappointed that they still want more money. NBA forgot about the minimum wage or under paid employees and now they are jobless or struggling to survive while the NBA players and managements argue about millions.

  • yossarian

    I just turned off my radio as I can’t listen to drivel about millionaires in some theoretical labor dispute.

    • Youretheparasite

      like most workers, they don’t know how good they got it.

      • TFRX

        Yep. “The beatings will continue until morale improve.”

      • Anonymous

        The recent kidnapping of a professional baseball player in Venezuela illustrates just how much these wealthy athletes depend on the security and safety our country provides them.  Without taxpayer-paid-for arenas, airport, air traffic and transportation infrastructure and security, police protection and a system of courts to give it teeth, among numerous other publicly funded benefits of living and working in the USA, every one of these people would be in constant danger and utterly unable to earn the living they currently do.

  • Anonymous

    I went to a Celtics game a couple of years ago and found that the game was overtaken by all of the jumbotrons, electronic signs, etc.  Some of the seats even had individual video screens.  I doubt half the people there would even notice if there was no game being played as long as the lights were flashing and they had enough to drink. 

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

      You must have a very expensive tix. I’ve seen the new Garden. I was all the way up there and saw the players played like Ants.

      • Anonymous

        They were, but I won them, so none of my money went to these whiners.

  • Brandstad

    With the state of our economy, who cares about the NBA!

    I hope this gives people more time to research political candidates of both parties to decide who best fits their ideas of how to make the US a better place.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    People will spend their entertainment dollars elsewhere?  Mike Pesca, we don’t have a lot of disposable income.  That’s the point.  Given the state of the economy, those of us who can afford food and housing every week are lucky.

  • TFRX

    I’m glad our host is talking about the “substitution effect” and not pretending that the money spent at YourNameHere Arena is just economic activity that comes out of thin air.

  • Sonya

    I can barely make a living as a teacher, and these people are arguing over $4 billion dollars? American need to stop revering these athletes as gods. If we saved a fraction of the money we spend on sports tickets and merchandise, our economy would probably be in better shape. And what about all the peripheral business that are being hurt by this? The likelihood is that ordinary people will lose jobs over this while the millionaires fight. Stop whining and go to work like everyone else!

    • TFRX

      Suit-and-tie wearing executives argue “over $4 billion dollars” every single day.

      I submit that this is getting the ire it does because it’s in public. I’m just relieved that we haven’t heard the claptrap this hour of “they’re lucky they’re getting paid to play a children’s game”.

      And you’d be surprised at how many pro ball players are NOT millionaires. As a teacher you probably have a good detector for when someone talks about “overpaid parasites sucking up the public’s tax dollars” (while people like you are buying school supplies with their own money), and how little that jibes with the real world.

      Well, there’s something the same at work here.

      • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

        Except that teachers create real value for people and for the economy.  That looks like a difference to me.

        • TFRX

          That’s why I said “something the same” (and we all remember that you’re a teacher, too).

          Entertainment is a discretionary expenditure; the only thing we’re seeing now is that the owners of teams (most all of whom make their money in suits and ties for some other line of work) are finding it so much easier to fight their business battles against the players because they players are “just entertainers”.

          There’s a public face the owners want people to think of when they think of a player: They want the synaptic response to be a superstar like Kevin Durant, someone who if they were in a horrible accident today could live on the interest of the interest. Not the 11th guy on the bench, the one subsisting on a series of 10-day contracts.

          We never did get an answer from any of the guests about the median or mean salary of a pro basketballer. I don’t see the Dolans (who’ve run the Knicks into the ground, but will make money when they sell them) complaining about that fuzzification.

          (Disclaimer: I have no big interest in the nuts and bolts of posturing and
          negotiations that have gone on for the last month or so in this lockout.)

      • Sonya

        I agree that not every player is a millionaire, but when was the last time the players made an hourly wage even approaching double digits? I don’t deny that it take skill, intense work, and training for athletes to play, but they’re still better off than most. We the public are fault for continuing to support them financially. It’s not sustainable at the current level, just like the rest of our rampant consumerism.

        • It’s a Game

          Sonya, I’m not “supporting” them.  I am enjoying a fun event and apparently a few million people find it enjoyable as well (which is how they make the loot).  I have never watched the Lakers because I was trying to “support” Kobe.  I like the game.  End of story.  When you watch “The Office” are you trying to “support” NBC?

        • TFRX

          Why are you talking about the players’ wages only? What’s the problem with them being “better off than most”? Nothing about “overpaying executives”?

          There is so much more to this than “overpaid players” and “people are at fault for continuing to support them”.

          For one thing, as Andrew Zimbalist–whom I’ve read for years–mentioned, the public expenditures are increasingly of questionable economic viability. (Big shoutout to Greg Camp on this board also.)

          For another, separate, thing, I have no idea of the intersection of “On Point listeners” and “NBA ticket buyers”. But as a member of the former group only, the people to get to stop supporting the NBA are the people who already pay for it.

          My two cents are: I’m simply adding that this happens all the time in business. In a boardroom in any big city today two teams of corporate lawyers are going at it hammer and tongs, and the public can’t be bothered to take sides about the winners and losers in that business battle any more than when (say) KFC and Pizza Hut were merged under the same corporate umbrealla.

          Don’t get led astray by the in-the-public nature of this negotiation, and how one side of it doesn’t ply its trade in suits and ties.

    • http://profiles.google.com/rickevans033050 Rick Evans

      ” If we saved a fraction of the money we spend on sports tickets and merchandise, our economy would probably be in better shape. And what about all the peripheral business that are being hurt by this? ”

      Your statement is logically inconsistent. It’s the spending on the merchandise, one of the peripheral businesses you allude to in your second sentence, which stimulates the local economy. Also, what  do you mean by saving? Putting it in the low interest paying, debit card fee charging, money hording, non-lending banks? Pro sports, like any other entertainment form, movies, plays, concerts, theme parks, etc. are part of the economy. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

        Sonya meant in my own opinion. to stop spending if a person cannot afford to go to the games. we ending up using our credit cards and won’t be able to pay it back in full payment instead people pay the minimum payment for 20 years. part of a economy? probably the fraction of the economy. Porn movies has more profit than basketball. I think

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    Oh, Mr. Mayor, you acknowledge that the city wasted money to bring these tapeworms to your area?  Feeling sorry about that yet?

  • Drew You Too

    And the downward spiral continues On Point, way to throw years of progression through relevant coverage in the toilet. Is there a way I can be notified via email when the topic is actually On Point?

    • Zing

      You could look into the toilet.

    • Fredlinskip

      IMO, On Point is a pretty good program.
         I am pretty impressed with the degree of depth of discussion and quakity of guests that Tom & Co manage to put together for our benefit show after show.

         Sure, now and then there are going to be some subjects discussed that don’t interest you.
        
      Get over it.
       

  • Beez

    Because they generate billions of dollars in revenue. Is it too much? Perhaps, but aren’t most things in our society; isn’t that the free market at work Greg?
    How are they parasites though?

    • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

      I get sick of cities that give these teams tax breaks or borrow money to build an arena.  If the sports business can pay its own way, and if it can stop jamming traffic when the game is on, I’ll happily ignore it.  But when my tax money is wasted on this foolishness, I object.

      • Beez

        I agree. Overall way too much emphasis is put on professional sports.

        • nj

          Organized sports have become a distorted, unproductive substitute for genuine community involvement and pride. 

          People struggling to make a living have been convinced to part with their hard-earned money for overpriced tickets, and to care about overgrown, overpaid kids thrashing around, and to think that somehow the teams they play on “represent” their town/city/region.Bizarre.

          • Alan in NH

            it’s called bread and circuses.

  • Guest

    Sorry… Fans have short-term memories. They will go back to paying the ridiculous ticket prices & merchandise, etc. and supporting the players’ & team owners’ lavish lifestyles once the league get though this impasse. Look at the MLB walkout/lockout in the early 90s.

  • http://gregorycamp.wordpress.com/ Greg Camp

    The end of basketball?  Could it be?  Unfortunately, we’ve been promised paradise before.

  • empacher

    What a waste of a broadcast hour. Tom Ashbrook should be wary of his next “seat-warmer” as Mike Pesca does this brand no favor by turning the show into a vehicle for banal sports-talk.

    • It’s a Game

      Yeah, I really miss Ashbrook’s subtle Obama bashing.  Calm down, this ain’t Fresh Air ( or dirty air).

      • http://profiles.google.com/rickevans033050 Rick Evans

        Speaking of banal, if you want to hear banal listen to most Fresh Air interviews with musicians and actors. 

        • Youretheparasite

          Sleepy is more like it.

          • It’s a Game

            Hurtful.  Love yourself, then you can love others. 
             LOL

          • nj

            You can only aspire to sleepy.

          • Youretheparasite

            From Mr. Boring that’s a compliment

        • It’s a Game

          Gross has becoming a little too “gushing” for my taste.  But she puts together a good show most of the time.

    • Anonymous

      I you consider this “banal” you must not listen to much sports talk.  Lots of people are interested in big-time sports and this discussion was vastly superior to anything you’re going to hear elsewhere. 

  • http://profiles.google.com/rickevans033050 Rick Evans

    Squabbling between the top 0.001% and the top 0.01% for a share of the cable fee and ticket cash pile from the 99%

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C2STBLZJK4VKQBV27DVQX3I6CU FAX68

    Era of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson are gone.

    NBA is pretty boring nowadays. No more Spudd Webb, No more dunk contest. I just stare at the players’ tattoos who has the most.

    • paradox1

      (accidentally hit “like”)
      There’s a lot of talent in NBA. And many teams as of late (last Season espacially) seem to be learning the art of teamwork a lot better, instead of letting star players steal the show, which makes for better games- unless you just watch for the star players).

      That said I think it’s ridiculous an agreement hasn’t been reached. and I wouldn’t be terribly disappointed if the season and/or NBA was scrapped for good.

  • Modavations

    I thought Unions were for working class guys.What in the world are unions doing with zillionaires.

    • Youretheparasite

      Go where the money is: the dues are huge and the union’s got really nice digs & perks.

  • Modavations

    Speaking of sports.Did you see the Costas(?) interview, with Sandusky.I’ve got “gaydar”and this guy is, in my opinion,a definite Sword Swallower”.

  • Modavations

    Of course you guys know the Gov.of Oklahoma is Republican,as is Mayor Cornett.Laissez Faire=vibrant economies.

  • Zero

    Labor cannot be paid more than product revenue.  Unions can fight as much as they want but the second they start demanding more money than what the product is worth–the deal will always be off. 

    The NFL union and owners worked for a very fine compromise–even though the 18 game schedule idea was probably a strategy for the owners to get the players cut rookie wages.   

    • Zing

      Thanks for answering RiddleMeThis from this morning.  

  • Ftkcpa

    So what, a lost season. Take this winter and spend more time with loved ones, go and actually participate in a sport instead of watching someone else have fun and get paid too much money for it, or work. You are the disease, that is all of you watching TV too much have caused this problem of money greed. Take the hours you were going to watch other people play and do something that makes your world better. Really don’t take the time to even talk about it, get something done.

  • Ben

    Umm, who the [censored] cares? 

    Basketball =/= News.

  • Morrismm1

    $5 million average salary and that for playing a game!
    We pay these players big salaries for entertaining us and we fuss at owners of companies who make big salaries for creating the jobs we have?

    • TFRX

      “Average” means nothing.

      Median and mean are the amounts you’re looking for.

  • Hughmac312

    It is time for fans of all sports to stand up and say enough is enough.

    While families across the country struggle access to sporting venues is less affordable and unfriendly.

    Enough is enough.

  • Jaime Cardenas

    What about the fact that MLS just surpassed the average attendance per game than the last NBA season, how much is the fastest growing sport in the US benefiting from this?

  • Meteoryears

    Isn’t kind of ridiculous to assume for one moment that the NBA might not actually play?… How much revenue would be lost compared to the cost of giving the crybaby players a raise?… Also, who cares?

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