A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
Let the Games Begin
There is said to still be several topics that need to be hashed out, but the meat and potato part of it has been settled. That is music to a lot of the player’s ears; especially since the checks stopped. Let’s face it no matter how much of a stance anyone takes on an issue; no one wants to lose money that cannot be replaced. During a lockout or strike, no one gets paid. And one couldn’t imagine being in a last year of a contract at an advanced age (athletically speaking) 35 years old (Knicks guard Chauncey Billups) that pays 14 million dollars guaranteed in one year and sacrificing it for a perceived greater good. That type of money cannot be replaced.
From most accounts the players are excited about going back to work; with a vote by the players and owners to ratify the deal still on the table. Now the League will have to no doubt do a lot of spin doctoring and positive marketing to pacify disgruntled fans; especially in certain markets that couldn’t draw files on leftover food. Markets like New Jersey, Milwaukee, Detroit, Sacramento, New Orleans, Indiana and Memphis will have to do a lot of 2 for the price of 1 deals to fill up empty seats.