Readers' forum: Include NBA fans

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 26 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Union chief Billy Hunter speaks to reporters after a meeting with the NBA, Thursday, June 30, 2011 in New York.

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I love watching NBA basketball, but I can't stand the business behind it. Currently the NBA is stuck in a rather uneventful lockout. I, and thousands of other loyal fans, might not attend one single Jazz game this season because of stubborn millionaires and billionaires. Most years I can only attend a few games anyway, considering the cost of a seat in the nose-bleed section.

The NBA lockout discussions are missing representatives from the most important party involved: the NBA fans. When all is said and done, the fans are the ones who fund those ridiculous salaries. Since it's our money, shouldn't we have some say in who gets what? Maybe we do have a say. If salary is any indication of a job's importance, then our society has some mixed-up priorities. Why aren't the highest quality teachers — the ones who educate our future leaders — signed to multimillion-dollar contracts?

If we want real change and lower ticket prices, then maybe we should lockout the NBA. Maybe we should save our money and invest our earnings where it will make the biggest difference for ourselves, our families and our communities.

Joseph Richards


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