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Off The Bench with Devin Higgins

Why You Shouldn't Feel Sorry for the NBA Players OR Owners

 I have to say, I was a loyal NBA fan for a very long time. Growing up in Boston during the 80's watching the Celtics battle Magic's Lakers, Hakeem's Rockets, Michael's Bulls and Isiah's Pistons, it was easily the best basketball I ever saw.

Those days seem further away now than they ever have, with the entire NBA season now on the chopping block because the owners and players can't reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

There's been mudslinging in the press from both sides, trying to position themselves to the fan base as the victim in this farce. Truth is, I don't feel sorry for the players, as they're the highest-paid athletes in all of American sport, and I feel even less sorry for the owners.

Not because of the whole "millionaires vs. billionaires" debate. Oh no. It's because the owners, as a group, approved the last CBA and signed off on the economic situation they now find themselves in.

I repeat. The owners signed off on this back in July, 2005, with the expectation of still making the same amount of money, if not more, than they made before.

Sorry, but I've got no sympathy for anyone who agrees to any business deal which all but guarantees you'll be worse off than where you started from. Now you can tell me all you want about how the players leveraged more money out of the owners, but my response to this is, are you REALLY that surprised?

Modern athletes are just as greedy as modern owners are. Welcome to capitalism and sports economics in the 21st Century! If the players couldn't get multi-millions in endorsement deals and salaries, then they being the labor force, wanted a bigger cut of the revenue they help generate.

Remember the mantra, folks: "Greed...is good. Greed is right. Greed works."

Well, greed looks to cost the NBA at least one full season, because neither side will accept the need to change their entire economic model, and as usual, the fans will be the ones who get stiffed.

The NBA had a chance to take the path of the NFL and get a deal done. Instead, they've chosen to go the route of the NHL, right into the obscurity of the American sports landscape. 

Have fun trying to work your way back up past Baseball, College Football, NASCAR, MMA, and the WWE, guys. Hope it's worth it.

10/21/2011 1:26PM
Why You Shouldn't Feel Sorry for the NBA Players OR Owners
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10/24/2011 7:01PM
What's wrong with a 50-50 split? Hope owners don't settle for less! Plenty of good college basketball anyway.
10/27/2011 10:23PM
I feel like I finally get to be into football and baseball post season without basketball cutting in. When the post season is over and the super bowl comes to an end, that's when we can open basketball with open arms. :)
11/21/2011 4:33AM
Basketball Lover..................
Unlike the players of the 70's and 80's it wasn't about getting rich, sure most if not all the players grew up poor and/or with no money, home, or finicial stability. They just wanted to play a sport they loved. So now we fastforward to the future where everone wants to be rich and not love the game anymore. I'm not sure if anyone loves the game, they just wanna get "PAID"well I think that's bogus, play basketball and if you're healthy enough to make it twenty years in the league you'll be rich. And I won't even comment on the owners. But I will say " JUST PLAIN STUPID!!!!!!!!!!!
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