Anyone been following this? It’s looking highly likely there will be no NBA season. The “greedy” players have made virtually every concession imaginable, the owners will not give on a single issue, and I want to cry.
Millionaires arguing with Billionairs is going to cancel a season one year after the most successful season in NBA history (via TV ratings and basketball-related income). They will destroy the good faith they engendered from so many fair weather fans who were finally soming around to liking the NBA because of the insane abundance of talent. There might be 10 guys in the league right now who could’ve won NBA MVP the year after Jordan retired.
I’m not really pro-owner or pro-player. The owners have been complete jackasses unwilling to negotiate in good faith or give up even a SINGLE thing to have a season. Players have gone from 57% of Basketball-Related Income (BRI) last agreement down to 50% in this one - basically giving up a couple BILLION dollars over the course of the agreement - and owners still won’t give on ANY of the minor fucking issues (sign and trades, midlevel exceptions, and the monumentally idiotic D-League clause, to name a few).
But the players are idiots too. They had zero leverage from the beginning and waited until mid-November to decertify (use the ONLY point of leverage they had). They entered the negotiations immediately giving up 4% of BRI (starting out wanting 53%) and expecting the owners to give something just because they did. That’s a concession, not a negotiation. They didn’t accept the owners last offer PURELY OUT OF SPITE (they know they won’t get any more money than was already offered)… more egregiously, they didn’t even counter offer. If they return with “fine, we’ll give you the money if you agree to these last 3 minor points”, they put a huge pressure on the owners to sign the deal at the risk of huge public outrage against the owners.
But no they cry and run into a corner by decertifying. The average NBA career is like 3 years and they are willing to give up a full year of earning just because their pride hurts so much from being whupped in negotiations. Give me a fuckin break.
Don’t even get me started on Stern (commissioner and head of the owners) and Hunter (head of NBA Player’s Association). Stern has intentionally misled media and players… made a bunch of false “deadlines” and “ultimatums” that ended up having no value, just to appear tough… and has completely lost the faith of the owners. Hunter has fucked over the players to save his own job (by waiting till November to decertify instead of doing it in July/August), and generally been unable to accomplish even a single minor win on any negotiated issue.
I read an article that had an awesome quote about the owners. “This is a negotiation between Godzilla and the buildings in downtown Tokyo”. http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2011/11/18/2570545/nba-lockout-2011-winners-losers-michael-jordan-david-stern
I really wish I could say I won’t watch in 2012-2013, but I know I will. I’ll attend less games, which is a puny boycott but better than nothing.