Same ol’ Story

14 11 2011

Remember that association that was thriving earlier this year? I keep forgetting about it.

The owners put an offer on the table for the players. It consisted of a 50-50 split of the BRI and a possible 72-game season starting December 15. It was there for their taking. Unfortunately, the players (or the agents… or Billy Hunter… it’s hard to really know) were unhappy with other restrictions the owners placed on big-spending teams, hindering their ability to sign free agents, so they said forget it.

Now that this deal has been rejected, there are some consequences that will take place in the upcoming days or weeks.

The NBPA (National Basketball Players Association) is planning to file an antitrust lawsuit against the league. However, they will need a solid case because the league has already filed a pre-emptive lawsuit that would prove the current lockout to be lawful. Furthermore, in this lawsuit, the owners made the case to void all players’ guaranteed contracts.

If bargaining is somehow able to continue, David Stern has made it clear the next offer would be a 53-47 percent split of the BRI, with the players receiving the lower amount. He also suggested possible rollbacks for any current salaries.

It is ridiculous for players to receive less revenue than the owners in a league where players can completely transform a team by simply putting on that team’s jersey. I don’t care how personal the lockout is or how bad the previous deal was, no fan has bought or is going to buy season tickets to Heat games to see Pat Riley sit on the sideline. They want to see their team’s players on the court. The players deserve at least half of the revenue, and if 47% is the next offer, even I, who wants basketball as badly as anyone, would side with the players to reject the offer.

I know I sound like a broken record and am probably repeating a lot of the things I said from one of my posts in October, but I can’t help but be baffled about one aspect of this lockout: the lack of a plan. The National Basketball Association knew this lockout was coming. No question. As each lockout day goes by, I begin to have less and less hope for an NBA season because the owners and players can’t seem to come to any sort of understanding. But shouldn’t these two sides have already put together a plan to attack this inevitable dispute? Why does each side sound so surprised about the stance the other group is taking? By the time answers to these questions are figured out, it might be too late.

There have been moments during these disappointing times when blaming David Stern or the players or the agents or whatever side you believe is doing the most damage is the natural thing to do. However, we are now at the point where both sides have been given the opportunity to compromise and lead this league to the key that will finally unlock the door to an NBA season. Unfortunately, every time, a middle ground has been out of the question for either group. The fact that an absence of NBA basketball for 2011-2012 is becoming more and more apparent has to be put on the shoulders of both the owners and the players. Billy and David can continue to point at each other, but that won’t make the lockout move anywhere closer to a resolution. This whole thing is really hard to swallow. Sadly, it looks like we need to get ready for the (as David Stern said) “nuclear winter.

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15 11 2011
DavidErnst

Jay,

First off, it’s been awhile since we last talked.
Second, the NBA should just not have a season period. If we hold off on a season, the players, owner, and lawyers have enough time to fix what they need to fix. This situation does not take days to fix, not months either. We are in the latter part of November, and we have still seen no season. I am done hoping for a season.

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