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Published: Monday, Oct. 10 2011 11:50 p.m. MDT

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Rifleman
Salt Lake City, Utah

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.

Iowa Jazz Fan 2
Cedar Rapids, IA

A plague on both their houses.

Let's watch hockey.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

CaptainL
PROVO, UT

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?

President Joker
Washington, DC

They should just take in undrafted players to replace people until they decide to agree.

Richie
Saint George, UT

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.

plyxply
SLC, UT

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.

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Don't care. Cancel all 82 of them.

Skippy
West Jordan, UT

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!

unaffiliated_person
Saratoga Springs, UT

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.

RinAZ
Mesa, AZ

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.

Ravenal
Somewhere in, Utah

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.

Shaun
Sandy, UT

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 the product.

Crotty Kid
Salt Lake City, UT

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 fans.

morganh
Orem, Utah

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.

Kami
Bountiful, Utah

Guess this wasn't such a great season for Jimmer to start playing professional ball!

Band of Sisters
RIVERTON, UT

The worst part of a cancelled NBA season: More applicants at fast-food restaurants competing for the jobs our kids would normally fill.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

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.

DD JayMario
American Fork, UT

Bring on college basketball. I can live without the NBA. I'm not sure they should ever start the season.

redcliffs
Ivins, Utah

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 real soon.

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