I side with the players. The owners will sabotage their own agreements with
exceptions. No player is overpaid if an owner is dumb enough to give him that
kind of money. Plus, I have never heard of an owner ask for corporate welfare
(taxpayer help to build an arena or threaten to leave the city--see some owners
just don't risk their own money they risk ours on occasion).
@Vince. I could not have said it better myself. I once was a die-hard fan. Now I
fall asleep watching games because I am still ill over what happened to my
favorite sport since the 90's. The excitement and love for the game is no longer
there as we once knew. I used to catch ever game I could. I even watched the
all-star game. Seems like when grunge took over in the 90's real rock was
destroyed. Everything went to low class 4 chord of less punk. And at the same
exact time the NBA had given some of the biggest contracts to some of its worst
players. What a dark times we have suffered through. I hope this becomes such a
disaster that it will be the end of the NBA as we know it now and that we may
have back that which we once had as true fans.
Bring on the lockout! Hopefully it will be long enough to make three entities
appreciate who butters their bread. The 3 are players, owners and the media.
Losing a season will only benefit fans and citizens by letting them recoup from
all of the mess our lying, stealing politicans and what the financial thieves
on wall street and the banksters have absolutely stolen from every citizen and
fan the past 10 years. Shut it down and lockout it out, we the citizens can
survive quite well inspite of the greeds arguing over our money!
The owners can get whatever they want, I don't see why this is an issue where
the players think they will get anything. If the owners really are losing money
they don't mind having the season go down the drain because they aren't making
money off of it anyways. Plus, none of the owners actually rely on their sports
teams for their income...they are rich from a lot of other investments.So basically the owners can just hold out until the players run out of money
and have to sign the CBA that the owners want. I am siding with the owners, the
players are getting plenty for what they do. To get any percentage of the
revenue is just ridiculous to me...let alone more than 50% of it.
If the JAzz and the other small market teams do not take a firm stand on a hard
salary cap or a much more punitive system for those going above the salary cap,
basketball will turn into baseball- a couple of teams guaranteed to get to the
finals each year with their roster of all stars.
So if I got paid Nine Million a year and they cut it to Six I would just be rich
not filthy rich..
Greed begets greed........The only people to truly be hurt in the lockout
will be the ones who work at the arenas.Yea owners will lose money but
they already have some wealth to live off of..The players, well the
smart ones dont have much to worry about because they have money to live on as
well.The not so smart players, well thats their problem for not planning for a
rainy dayI do feel bad for the rookies who havent made money yet but
thats what agents are forThe common people will be the ones that get
hurt the most out of a lock out, the fans, the workers, etc.
I have no sympathy for pampered millionaires. Being payed millions to just
"play" is ridiculous to begin with, so I side with the owners.The players aren't the ones risking their money to run the business that
pays the players so well, so I side with the owners.A hard cap
(really hard--only equitable exceptions) would level the playing field so that
championships can't be bought, so I side with the owners.As a fan,
not having a season is selfish of the players' silly no-hardcap demands, so I
side with the owners.Revenue sharing is irrelevant to whether
there's a hard cap (except for players' bargaining purposes), so I side with the
owners.Maybe when enough of the players (the lesser paid and those
who didn't manage their money) end up having to find other ways to earn an
income (due to a very long lockout), they'll come to their senses and realize
that they're "employees." So, I side with the owners.Maybe
if enough fans find ways to let the players know we side with the owners, this
nonsense can get resolved more quickly.
I thought for a long time that the NBA owners were making tens of millions in
profits each year. When I read that Greg Miller had to borrow money a couple of
years ago to be able to pay Paul Millsaps front load to match Portlands offer.
Rich owners waste money to try and out-spend the smaller market teams. I think
the player salaries have gotten way out of hand. Lock them out, lose the
season and cut the cap and players salaries so every team can compete.