N.B.A. Labor Strife Now a War of Words

N.B.A. Labor Strife Now a War of Words

There are 37 comments on the The New York Times story from Oct 21, 2011, titled N.B.A. Labor Strife Now a War of Words. In it, The New York Times reports that:

In the N.B.A., its owners, players, and even the media that cover the game, it's time to point every finger they've got.

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Pug

La Grange, IL

#1 Oct 21, 2011
LOL, the millionaires are complaining about the billionaires
Pug

La Grange, IL

#2 Oct 21, 2011
"...They take our money to finance their palaces, gouge us for pretzels, beer and parking, and laugh all the way to the country club. All they want, said labor relations committee chairman Peter Holt of the San Antonio Spurs, whose arena was built with $145 million in public funds, is the chance to “make a few bucks"...."

146 million in tax dollars for a stadium????
diehard Wolves fan

Rapid City, SD

#3 Oct 25, 2011
The NBA is a corporate business that makes revenues from entertainment and marketing. If they were an honest business with reasonable ticket/merchandise prices, I would be more than happy to continue supporting them.

However, that is not the case. The NBA draft lottery is rigged so badly that the worst team in the league has not had a number 1 overall pick since the franchise was founded (22 years). Furthermore, there are no teams in the entire league that are publicly owned (unlike in the NFL). In addition, the NBA tends to foster a culture that idolizes a thug lifestyle.

Also, what's the point of a 1-year separation from high school requirement? What a blatant attempt to lie to fans. It would be much more honest to eliminate any age requirement than faking an attempt to encourage a college education for its players. All the current system does is force excellent high school players to play for 1 year at a college then immediately jump to the pros. That does NO good the college, the NBA, or the player himself. For example, do you REALLY think that Kyrie Irving's 11 game college career expanded his basketball growth? What a joke. At least be honest with everyone and eliminate the silly 1 year requirement. We know the league is full of bums anyway. Save everyone the trouble.
Roundball report

Brooksville, FL

#4 Oct 25, 2011
Several players are fed up and looking to sign on with the Harlem Globetrotters.
Pug

La Grange, IL

#5 Oct 25, 2011
diehard Wolves fan wrote:
The NBA is a corporate business that makes revenues from entertainment and marketing. If they were an honest business with reasonable ticket/merchandise prices, I would be more than happy to continue supporting them.
However, that is not the case. The NBA draft lottery is rigged so badly that the worst team in the league has not had a number 1 overall pick since the franchise was founded (22 years). Furthermore, there are no teams in the entire league that are publicly owned (unlike in the NFL). In addition, the NBA tends to foster a culture that idolizes a thug lifestyle.
Also, what's the point of a 1-year separation from high school requirement? What a blatant attempt to lie to fans. It would be much more honest to eliminate any age requirement than faking an attempt to encourage a college education for its players. All the current system does is force excellent high school players to play for 1 year at a college then immediately jump to the pros. That does NO good the college, the NBA, or the player himself. For example, do you REALLY think that Kyrie Irving's 11 game college career expanded his basketball growth? What a joke. At least be honest with everyone and eliminate the silly 1 year requirement. We know the league is full of bums anyway. Save everyone the trouble.
All along we thought that these players were "role models".
Lukass

United States

#7 Nov 7, 2011
What a joke.....I've been a huge fan of the nba since I was 3 now 29, what if the public/fans just stopped supporting these millionaires. Empty parking lots, empty arenas, no 10 dollar beers being sold, no jersey sales = no more millionaires. I hate to say it but I'd love to see it, bye bye nba. Find real jobs. It's saddening. In this world with war, economy, sickness wake the bleep up selfish bleepers play the game of basketball, no matter what the owners offer your still making plenty too much to play the game I love that id be happy making 75k a year ....... Like I said what a joke
Lukass

United States

#8 Nov 7, 2011
Does anyone feel the same?

Since: Nov 11

Lenoir city, tn.

#9 Nov 7, 2011
Good riddance!!!!!
Christ Crucified

New York, NY

#10 Nov 8, 2011
Lukass wrote:
What a joke.....I've been a huge fan of the nba since I was 3 now 29, what if the public/fans just stopped supporting these millionaires. Empty parking lots, empty arenas, no 10 dollar beers being sold, no jersey sales = no more millionaires. I hate to say it but I'd love to see it, bye bye nba. Find real jobs. It's saddening. In this world with war, economy, sickness wake the bleep up selfish bleepers play the game of basketball, no matter what the owners offer your still making plenty too much to play the game I love that id be happy making 75k a year ....... Like I said what a joke
Naw the owners and commissioner is a joke. How should they get the money when they aren't the one playing? Makes no sence its time for a change. Players should get most of the revenue because they are the ones out there busting their butts and breaking limbs at the end of the day.

Owners sit and watch the game. Why should money go to them first?
BALL HOG

Betsy Layne, KY

#11 Nov 8, 2011
Christ Crucified wrote:
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Naw the owners and commissioner is a joke. How should they get the money when they aren't the one playing? Makes no sence its time for a change. Players should get most of the revenue because they are the ones out there busting their butts and breaking limbs at the end of the day.
Owners sit and watch the game. Why should money go to them first?
well let the player's play with themselves and see how much that make's them,LOL
doggy

New York, NY

#12 Nov 8, 2011
Money money money all about money.
Owners already got billions of dollars but they don't want to lose a dollar. Wat is up wit that?
The players are the driving force . With no Dwade or Lebron no NBA they make the League. The players are the league. I can't name more than 3 owners. Why? Because idc about them I care about the players so imo they should get they way. They aren't even asking for much.
Christ Crucified

New York, NY

#14 Nov 8, 2011
Players should start there own league. Forget the money for money is the root if all evil. We could start ball leagues in all the hoods hahaha like how summer league was but on a bigger a way bigger scale and wit set teams. Cause foreal the league got some straight bums
big pimpin

Toledo, OH

#16 Nov 8, 2011
Lukass wrote:
What a joke.....I've been a huge fan of the nba since I was 3 now 29, what if the public/fans just stopped supporting these millionaires. Empty parking lots, empty arenas, no 10 dollar beers being sold, no jersey sales = no more millionaires. I hate to say it but I'd love to see it, bye bye nba. Find real jobs. It's saddening. In this world with war, economy, sickness wake the bleep up selfish bleepers play the game of basketball, no matter what the owners offer your still making plenty too much to play the game I love that id be happy making 75k a year ....... Like I said what a joke
I agree with you and that would open eyes. The thing I hate the most is all pro players making millions and we still have people homeless and starving daily. Everyone should have to give a portion of there signing bounce to charity. My opinion.
diehard Wolves fan

Rapid City, SD

#17 Nov 9, 2011
Lukass wrote:
What a joke.....I've been a huge fan of the nba since I was 3 now 29, what if the public/fans just stopped supporting these millionaires. Empty parking lots, empty arenas, no 10 dollar beers being sold, no jersey sales = no more millionaires. I hate to say it but I'd love to see it, bye bye nba. Find real jobs. It's saddening. In this world with war, economy, sickness wake the bleep up selfish bleepers play the game of basketball, no matter what the owners offer your still making plenty too much to play the game I love that id be happy making 75k a year ....... Like I said what a joke
Well put, my friend. I've been a lifelong fan of the NBA myself, but strangely enough...I don't think I would miss the NBA if it went the way of the Arena Football League...
Pug

La Grange, IL

#18 Nov 9, 2011
Based upon what is being printed, the sole motivation for these role models is money.

Why are the "super stars" striking or being locked out?

Pug

La Grange, IL

#19 Nov 9, 2011
Christ Crucified wrote:
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Naw the owners and commissioner is a joke. How should they get the money when they aren't the one playing? Makes no sence its time for a change. Players should get most of the revenue because they are the ones out there busting their butts and breaking limbs at the end of the day.
Owners sit and watch the game. Why should money go to them first?
Because the own the league and take the largest financial risk. The average player in the NBA has a starting salary of $300,000. per year for bouncing a ball?

Name three other occupations that give you Three Hundred Thousand a year as a rookie.$300,000.00 and NO educational requirement, just atheletic skill, or ball bouncing.

Since: Sep 10

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#20 Nov 9, 2011
Pug wrote:
<quoted text>Because the own the league and take the largest financial risk. The average player in the NBA has a starting salary of $300,000. per year for bouncing a ball?

Name three other occupations that give you Three Hundred Thousand a year as a rookie.$300,000.00 and NO educational requirement, just atheletic skill, or ball bouncing.
Since it is SOOOO easy why aren't you in the NBA?
LeGraff Lincolnshire

Brooksville, FL

#21 Nov 9, 2011
The fans will pay the freight through beefed up ticket and concession prices while we players get new cars, jewelries, furs, and womens.
Pug

La Grange, IL

#23 Nov 9, 2011
Last Screenname Left wrote:
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Since it is SOOOO easy why aren't you in the NBA?
Where in the post did we indicate ease? Just, stating facts, the millionaires are arguing with the billionaires. It is a fact.

The poor players (avg five million per season) perhaps, the ticket prices should be raised by a factor of ten.
the one

Kingston, IL

#24 Nov 9, 2011
michael jordan is the biggest sellout in the history of sports, black athletes, husbands, everything. no player should ever wear anything with air jordan in the name again. this is the same player that used the players union to get his two 30 mil seasons at the end of his career and now he is going against the same players because he keeps picking players who cant play, he has never spoke out on any black issue, and he is a total hypocrite. in the words of MJ (if you cant make a profit, you should sell your team) michael look in the mirror with your selfish azz!!!

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