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Published: Monday, Nov. 14 2011 1:06 p.m. MST

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Henry Drummond
San Jose, CA

Unbelievable. They're making an average of $5.5 MILLION and its not enough. How about stopping by a public school and telling the teachers how tough you've got it?

Bubba 525
Salt Lake City, UT

Too bad everyone doesn't cancel their season tickets and see how far the players would get with no fan base to pay their ridiculous salaries. No one is going to lose sleep over these idiots holding out and no season. Life goes on, will they?

splitme2
West Jordan, UT

LHM must be rolling over in his grave. He would have been outspoken about what is going on here. I'm sure Jerry is glad he got out when he did. Good news for me, no more basketball!

football43
Morgan, UT

I can honestly say I havent missed watching the Jazz or the NBA. The players are totally out of touch with reality. As a season ticket holder in the past I could care less if they cancelled the entire season....

Bearone
Monroe, UT

Well, so be it! The players have spoken, the NBA has spoken--and neither one of them considered the fans or the team employees, or related-business employees who are badly hurt by this decision.

Time now for the team owners to dissolve the NBA and form a new league with players who want to play basketball---not just become rich spoiled brats.

Who at fault here? Billy Hunter, Derek Fisher, rich player agents who are getting rich off of these so called 'superstars'.

One thing the players and agents didn't stop to realize--if they lose the season and that big yearly salary--they will NEVER make up the money they will have lost. They may have a 15 million dollar contract, but if they are not playing, that big contract doesn't mean diddly!

Carnak
Salt Lake City, UT

Owners need to stay strong, shut down the whole season if needed.

Boston
Spanish Fork, UT

Look at the picture! (What did Kobe's coat cost? about $10,000)The "elite" or should I say arrogant, have no idea what the real world is. The guys that play the game with real life passion and treat the game as a nice job they love, are definitely losing out. The owners should take it to the inflated egos, then the players who will play for a measly 1 million/year can let the owners know of their sincerity and start a "real" NBA! Let the owners run a profitable business by employing those who really know they need a job. If it wasn't for the people who depended on the season in order to put food on the table, it would be good riddance!

deseret pete
robertson, Wy

The players can go stick their foot in the river and then pull it out and see how big of a hole it leaves. That's how much I will miss them.

DeltaFoxtrot
West Valley, UT

Let's get rid of professional sports completely. They're all a bunch of overpaid whiny brats. It's a GAME. You are being offered millions of dollars to play a GAME. There are millions of people out there right now who would be more than happy playing basketball for $50,000 a year.

America seriously needs to get its priorities straight.

3grandslams
Iowa City, IA

Here's my proposal. Every player signs for two million a year, no matter what, base salary (they would be forced to live on $166,600 a month). Players recieve a benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement and other needed items, paid in full by the NBA. Players also divide a percentage of gate receipts, let's say 30% from the gate and 10% of television contracts (subject to bartering). It's all level for each player, no matter how good or bad they are.

The second phase of paying NBA players is endorsements. Let companies like Nike, Addidas, under Armor etc. pay whatever they want to the superstar athletes. Let the agents of players barter with companies rather than teams.

Problem sovled.

Problem solved.

Andy
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A big bunch of babies fighting over bigger salaries. AKA parasites. 50-50 seems pretty fair to me when the players don't have to put any capital at risk, don't have to pay any business operations, their contracts are guaranteed. I hate the flopping NBA players do on the floor, I hate the flopping they are doing in these negotiations. I'm starting to hate the NBA.

Think also about the competition. The player's demands will kill at least 10% of the teams, which will only further alienate the fans. Have the players considered how their decision affects the people who rely on the NBA for work? Selfish jerks.

Just like all unions, you bite the hand that feeds you. I say cut these kids off until they learn the value of a dollar.

hood
CC, UT

Who cares!! Just televise more college basketball games they are more entertaining anyway. I fell bad for all the people at the venues who will be missing out on work. Maybe, the owners should take the money they are saving from having to pay large contracts and give those "Workers" a compensation check. That way the big salaries will go to something other than owning another fancy sports car they don't know how to drive.

B Russ
Ephraim, UT

By the time the elite players, the lawyers, and their agents have finished alienating the fans, they will be fighting over far less revenue than they think. Fans are getting a belly full of these greedy elite players and their greedy agents. Especially in these economic hard times. I say let the superstars go to Europe. I won't miss them at all.

wtfhinutah
SOUTH SALT LAKE, UT

It's about time we, us, Joe & Josephine Public let these idiots know who's really in charge. I say after they have finally agreed on a CBA (Collective Bargaining), and they will eventually agree, they're to greedy not to. We should boycott their games for an entire season, maybe more. Don't purchase a single ticket.

We are the third party that never gets represented, we just keep letting the aristocracy stick it to us. Who needs these people and who is really going to miss the NBA, besides the local ladies of the night and the tattoo salons. I know I won't.

We need to do this for all major league professional sports, NBA, NFL, MLB etc.. They have gotten way out of control and need to be stopped. All things considered, what they do just isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

I'm upset that we won't be able to watch the Blazers for a while.

I could care less about the Jazz and if we ever see them again.

No Roy, Oden, Aldridge, Matthews, Felton, Batum, Camby, Smith, to watch for a long time. What a shame.

Go BLAZERS!

PS Thanks for Matthews

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

I absolutely hope the owners dig in their heels and now offer 47%. The unemployed, uneducated, unskilled (outside of basketball of course) will be standing in line for $25/hour jobs.

Idiots!

ksmith
Sacramento, CA

College basketball is better than the NBA.

Steve-o
Ogden, UT

I'm shocked at the greed and selfishness each time I read an article. Every time I see an NBA player's face all I see is greed.
I suppose I should no longer be surprised. I have been an avid NBA fan since I was 5 years old, but no more! This is enough! I'm really done and it's sad.

Weber State Graduate
Clearfield, UT

Average NBA salary = $5.15 million
Average per capita personal income in 2010 = $40,584

Certainly hard to sympathize with NBA players in their fancy suits, expensive cars, and high-priced homes in todays economy with families struggling to keep from losing their homes and many people out of work. I'm not one to promote class envy and demonize the rich, but NBA players are a bunch of cry babies.

Jazz Source
Alpine, UT

People are entitled to earn whatever the market will bear and if that makes them rich so be it.

The point the players are missing here is that the market will not bear their salaries. Most teams are losing money and in my view some cities should be shut down. Pro sports are a unique situation and as such basically have to operate on a "shared socialist" model or it just does not work.

If you don't do it that way then there is about 6 teams that make money and how much interest do you get in league with 6 teams?

The players ought to realize the economy is in the tank. I will take over a 15% gross pay cut this year between no annual increase and decreased bonus. Not to mention I can be terminated at any time and don't have a guaranteed contract like they do. I'm not sure why the players believe they should be insulated from reality but it is clear they do believe they are special.

I hope the owners stick it to them now.

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