Off Base On NBA Lockout?


Interesting side story on the NBA lockout from usually very reliable Yahoo! sports stateside.

“The NBA lockout in many ways still exists because of the demands of hardline owners, some of whom have enough money to fund intergalactic space exploration.”

So the league’s teams are owned by rich guys. That’s the premise upon which the story is written, Shocking I know.

The story goes on to explain how Paul Allen, the owner of the Portland Trailblazers has secured the one and only yacht slot for the London Olympics. He’s that rich; at least that’s the implication.

Here is where things go astray, at least in my little world:

“It’s a wonder how Allen could afford to get this spot for his megayacht, what with his need to extract gigantic concessions from the players’ union during the NBA lockout. If he has enough money to throw around to own a megayacht and rent the only suitable docking spot for it in London, then surely he can afford to put a little of his own money into the NBA franchise he claims needs to be saved. Why, it’s almost enough to make you believe that he has a pathological need to treat his employees like his own personal playthings. But that’s impossible, right?”

What nonsense. Is the argument here really the guy who owns the team has enough personal wealth, ergo he should shut his mouth and accept whatever deal the players association, I mean trade association throws his way? Really? That’s supposed to hold water?

Under that theory, why does Allen ever bother charging for seats to his teams games; I mean, he has enough money right??

What kind of nonsense it that logic. A guy has made a lot of money and therefore he should be willing to accept whatever terms are sent his way in terms of his labor costs? Guys like Allen didn’t amass wealth by that theory. Just because you have it does not mean you have to go suck on a tailpipe. In fact one’s financial ability to sustain losses doesn’t mean he should have to on principal.

You read the article and can sense there is a lot of hate for Allen. Disdain for the rich I guess. I don’t him personally, or otherwise. I do know that simply because he is wealthy or successful doesn’t preclude him from wanting the best labor deal possible. Paul Allen can have all the money in the world, that doesn’t mean he has to accept a lousy deal as a league owner. To suggest otherwise is simply wrong.

I see via Eric Smith that the NBA players have now missed their first paycheck. Now the real gamesmanship can finally begin. The NBA players are now going to start experiencing pain. Every week that goes by without them getting paid tilts the scales in the owners favor. Up until now it’s all been useless chatter Building are now empty as are players wallets. That’s never a good sign.


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mike (in boston)
mike (in boston)
November 16, 2011 7:36 am

fun thought experiment: if the league declares all contracts void and then allows teams to sign players, giving the 1st pick to the worst team, does Cleveland sign Lebron?

my sincere hope is that the NBA uses this lockout to try to fix competitive issues in the game. it can be excruciating to watch some of the stars play because it seems like every possible defense of their shots is a foul. also the flopping in the game is starting to approach soccer levels.

Chef Mike in Burlington
November 16, 2011 8:37 am

According to The Herd on ESPN, the hardest line owners aren’t the super rich ones, but the smaller ones, including oddly enough, Michael Jordan, a former player…

Steve from Waterloo
Steve from Waterloo
November 16, 2011 10:12 am

I find it interesting how so few care about the growing possibility of a canceled NBA season.

Dave in Bolton
Dave in Bolton
November 16, 2011 10:24 am

what Paul Allen does outside of Basketball should not even come into discusion when it comes to the lockout bottom line is what the owners want to pay the players is all that matters. players need to suck it up take the owners offer put those $200 shoes on and go to work. so sick and tired of the unions crying get to work!

Chef Mike in Burlington
November 16, 2011 11:05 am

A long time ago, I remember reading…”opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference…” and that is clearly the case in the NBA.

It’s not just that no one sems to care, but even in LA, Miami, Dallas and Chicago, 2 of whom were in the finals just 6 months ago, its not even on the front page of their major newspapers, even on the day they announce that players are missing their first game cheques!

…on the plus side, Count Gary Bettman must love be licking his lips at the prospect of having the winter schedule all to the NHL, lots of NHL teams in NBA cities, might even help in Phoenix…

November 16, 2011 5:46 pm

The NBA has a lot of the same problems, as the NHL except for 2 things. Maybe 3. They have a massive TV deal, which has players licking their chops. They have the most billionaire owners in all the sports combined. They have a 12-15 man roster instead of 20-22. They have a lot of the same small market slash no market problems as the NHL…they share a middle class that should be squeezed out of the bad contract, lousy dollar mega-year deals that should never have been signed in the first place. They have fan apathy, all around. How do you fix this?

Bring back the 7 round draft. Enable the D League to be like the AHL. Establish 2-way contracts, replete with waiver rules, minimum salaries etc. The stars are the stars and deserve to be paid. Remove all the exceptions have a hard cap (specifically related to BRI) and no floor.

November 17, 2011 5:44 am

ESmith show way too much coverage of the basektball strike. I mean ESPN shows and shows like Jim Rome doesn’t even have this much strike talk. They seem to have the attitude of “We’ll notice when Christmas arrives”

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