A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Lockout Takes Out First Two Weeks of Season
The ‘right side’ seems to always be the most obvious place to be, but getting there is the always the road less traveled. That is going to be the cause of major problems. Not only for the players who will not get their hundreds of thousands of dollars on the first and the fifteenth of the month, but those dedicated but lower paying concession workers and ushers and security guards that won’t get paid.
The last lockout of this sort was in 1999 and the NBA had an abbreviated season of 50 games to which the San Antonio Spurs prevailed as Champions over the New York Knicks. It took however the NBA about 5 years to get themselves back within the good graces of society and most of all, corporate America.
The NBA is taking a major chance however in this day and age with the economy and other uncertainties that plague the country. The average Joe that makes 40,000 per year and has a wife and 2 kids to support won’t be as sympathetic when they hear how these human, ‘Gross National Products’ cannot come to an agreement. Football and baseball are more popular sports although one can probably see more basketball hoops in neighborhoods then baseball and football fields.
In the end, the fans are what’s important about the game as they in essence pay the player’s salary and feed the coffers of the owners. The NBA needs to quickly come to some sort of agreement, sign some sort of plausible deal, get out on that court and…play ball!