I know I'm a man on an island here but I love the NBA and look foward to the
season starting every year. I enjoy all 82 games and the playoffs and hate the
thought of the season even being shortened.That said, both sides in
this lock out have plenty of blame to share. Yes the players are way over paid
but anytime you have a skill that only a handful of people in the world have,
you're going to make a lot of money. Actors making $20 million per movie are
over paid too but they put millions of fans in seats and make it possible for
movie makers to make a lot of money.It seems people forget that the
owners are also signing on the dotted lines that pay the players these large
salaries and now they see how stupid they were to do that want to be bailed out
for making bad business decisions.Both sides are responsible for
this mess, but I hope they figure a way to fix it soon cause I need my NBA fix
Bring on college basketball. I can live without the NBA. I'm not sure they
should ever start the season.
Captain, I too wish there was a way to let the fans feelings be known to the
players. Some sports writer ought to jump on this opportunity to do just that. I
too am tired of hearing Fisher and Hunter talk about how worried they are about
the fans. Is that why they are refusing to take a pay cut in very bad economic
times? I think alot of fans are sick of these spoiled players and their greedy
agents. Alot of damage has already been done. How stupid do Derek Fisher and
Billy Hunter think we are. They are looking like the not too intelligent ones if
you ask me.
The worst part of a cancelled NBA season: More applicants at fast-food
restaurants competing for the jobs our kids would normally fill.
Guess this wasn't such a great season for Jimmer to start playing professional
I used to enjoy watching the Jazz and I even enjoyed D-Will until he made those
comments about Coach Sloan. I loved Jerry Sloan who was a great Coach and it
was sad to see him go. Gone are players like John Stockton who had no agent and
negotiated his contract by what he and his family needed. Now we have the
Carmelo Anthony's and Lebron James who just want all the fame and glory. I
won't miss the NBA much, and I would rather watch college basketball where the
love of the game is still important to them.
It's true that the players are the product and have every right to demand what
the market will bear, however, it doesn't make sense for them to sit out a year
based on principle. Let's say this deal is the difference between 1 million
dollars per year for the average player that makes 5 million per season. That
means that it would take five years to make that up. Also, 5 million now is more
valuable than 5 million extra accumulated over the years.The players
should also know that we are in a down time in our economy and labor
negotiations where employees (especially talented but employees nonetheless) are
refusing offers guaranteeing them millions of dollars does not sit well with
Its funny how fans are so against the players. Would you limit your ability to
make more money? Without the players nobody would go to the stadiums. They are
I'm not worried about pro basketball, the season is too long anyway. Besides
it's football season now anyway. Then there will be college basketball,
followed by baseball. Hockey is also going on.
Who cares about these overpaid, arrogant babies. I wish there was no sports on
TV ever again. There are way better things to spend our time doing.
Skippy,I'm with you. The lockouts in the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB have
turned me off to professional sports. I prefer to use my limited time to watch
college sports only now. The players are paid inordinate sums of money that
comes from us (tickets, concessions, merchandise, TV subscriptions). I choose
not to feed their salaries anymore.
I haven't cared about the NBA since the last time they went on strike. I have
been waiting for the bad economy to catch up to sports and maybe it finally has.
I say we just go support the local college teams, which every one you like.
There is a team up on the hill that could use some support!
Don't care. Cancel all 82 of them.
I am hoping they cancel the season, who wants to watch a bunch of overpaid
crybaby players anyway? It used to be the Jazz were different, Coach
Sloan would expect a higher level of commitment from his players and that made
the Jazz worth the money and fun to cheer for. As soon as the Jazz ownership
changed all of that and forced Sloan out the door by not backing their coach it
all changed for me. The Jazz are now just like every other organization in the
league and I don't want to see them or hear about them again. Good riddance,
I've got plenty of other things to spend my money on besides the Jazz.
I feel sorry for the Concession workers and other arena workers but the players
can take a hike. Lets bring in some undrafted players and ignore the pampered
NBA players. Make it last for the full year.
They should just take in undrafted players to replace people until they decide
Jody ! I would like it if you would write an article and at the end of the
article have a vote by the fans. Fisher says he feels for the fans , but I don't
believe they do. In the article outline the different view points, and then let
the fans vote. The players need to know what the fans think. I personally
think the players are being proud, aragant, selfish and unreasonalbe. The
owners found out that the old system didn't work, 22 of the 30 teams were losing
money and also under the current system it is too easy for the big market teams
to exceed the luxury tax and pull the super stars to their team/location, making
it unfair and unlikely the smaller market teams can compete on a level playing
field. The owners want to make changes to the system to make it more fair. I
think that is only fair and from a business prospective losing money doesn't
make sense either.I would be interested if the DN and others would get the
vote of the people/fan and let the players(and owners)know what we think. Thanks
What do you think?
The question is, will the fans miss those games. Until there is a
hard cap or some mechanism to truly give Utah a chance at a championship (other
than a once-in-a-lifetime combination of three
small-city-loving-competitive-freaks like Stockton, Malone, Sloan), then I for
one hope the lockout goes on forever.
A plague on both their houses.Let's watch hockey.
The owners should give the players a take it or leave it offer and tell them to
call when they're ready to accept it. The fans will have no trouble finding
other sporting events to entertain them.