Brad Rock: Adding fans to NBA's labor talks would be taking it a step too far

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  • plyxply SLC, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    come on Brad, the Jazz lose fans to the Salt Lake Real's? Won't ever happen, although it was worth a good laugh.
    In the meantime if the NBA owners lose an entire season it would serve them right for creating a system and league that rewards selfish players who play selfishly. Once Jerry Sloan left it was clear that the Jazz organization was just another franchise who allows the players to dictate everything so I definitely won't miss the NBA.

  • TJ Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 7:55 a.m.

    The fans should be neck deep. Give the entire NBA a major reality check. It would be great to see 0 season ticket sales and a delegation of fans presenting their demands to the NBA before any tickets were purchased.
    Lower salaries for the top 25% of players. lower ticket prices. Stiffer punishments for behavior detrimental to the team / league. a percentage of the profits going to improve the communities of each team.

  • JDL Magna, UT
    Aug. 1, 2011 5:56 a.m.

    Mount Olympus:

    I like high school & college Basketball and football much more than professional so thank you bringing up BYU and Utah.

    Perhaps Brad should do a story about Utah's Jr. Jazz program.

  • whatnext Clearfield, Utah
    July 31, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    I agree with many of you. This lockout is a joke. The only thing the NBA needs to do is decide on a hard cap and get back to work. With a hard cap no team will be able to any more then any other team. It will allow teams owners to sign players without losing money. If a player dosen't like the contract he is given, then let him find a real job like everyone else. With those types of options owners will be able to make a profit with lower ticket costs and players will learn to appreciate what they have and not worry about what they think they are entitled to. Lets stop all this nonsense and play some basketball.

  • Mount Olympus Salt Lake, UT
    July 31, 2011 7:13 p.m.

    A Rock article without him worshipping BYU and saying Utah should do everything BYU does?
    Is this possible?

  • DH48 West Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2011 5:54 p.m.

    I've had it with the NBA in general. The league is a joke that employees millionaire spoiled brats. Quite honestly, unless they can seriously change things in a way that make it possible for any team in the league to win a championship then I am not interested in ever watching the NBA again. In my mind the first thing that has to change is the stupidity called free agency followed up by the soft salary cap.

    I'll say it again, the NBA is a joke and I am not interested in ever watching it again unless they can make it a system that is fair for all teams.

  • Richie Saint George, UT
    July 31, 2011 5:20 p.m.

    The players are the greedy ones. Without basketball they would be sweeping someones warehouse floor.

  • Steve Jensen Herriman, UT
    July 31, 2011 3:25 p.m.

    Ha ha ha. Get rid of the Jazz? Really? And Jailblazer fans think we are nuts?

    IF they were to retract teams it could be the following:

    1- New Orleanes - They are losing money, owned by the league and have no one in line to buy them.

    3- Memphis - Aside from this last year of making the playoffs, they have no history of winning. They aren't historically and/or a major player in the NBA.

    2- Charlotte - Maybe. Not a money maker, no history of winning. The fans there are more intrested in college ball.

    3- Minn. T-Wolves - Maybe, maybe not. They are Losing money. Bad front office.

    4- LA Clippers - Always a Loser living in the Lakers shadow. Do you really need twp teams in L.A.?

    -- Indiana? not going to happen. Too much history there. Newer teams are more like to go away (N.O., Charlotte)

  • Jazz Source Alpine, UT
    July 31, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    The league and players care about one thing and one thing only and that is that fans continue to pay the bills for the NBA machine to continue to operate and pay their multi-million dollar incomes.

    They believe the majority of fans will be back when it is over and they really could not care less what you think about this labor dispute. I mean seriously, what fan isn't opposed to the foregone conclusion that we will be lucky if see games in January if at all?

    Bluster all you want, all you will get is the obligatory phony response from owners, league officials, and players. All they care is that when it is all said and done they end up with the most money possible still flowing into their pockets.

    Truthfully, to the vast majority of them we are just something they have to tolerate to get paid.

  • eric leetham SACRAMENTO, CA
    July 31, 2011 2:06 p.m.

    the utah jazz ain't going no were...just because they had one bad year...utah had ton of injuries that hurt the team...and we lost a good amount of are scoring from boozer and kover off the bench...and okur who did not really play all season ....we just had a bad year....look at this young team we got now...i see big things to happen with the utah jazz once this lockout is done and over with.

  • panamadesnews Lindon, UT
    July 31, 2011 12:33 p.m.

    To PortlandTrailBlazers: I would put your franchise at numero uno!

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    July 31, 2011 12:09 p.m.

    "Stern needs to do everyone a favor and get rid of 4 NBA franchises: Utah, Indiana, New Orleans and Charlotte"

    He doesn't need to worry about Portland -- the Departments of Justice and Corrections will take care of them.

  • PAC12Fan South Jordan, UT
    July 31, 2011 8:59 a.m.

    The fan the wrote the letter has some good points. I am a casual fan that attends 2-4 games per year. I was a huge fan before the last lock out and that was the year our family gave up our season tix.

    To Mr. Portland Trail Blazers. Your list was random. Why not throw Portland's name in the ring as it was one of the teams that mismanaged their funds and lost a ton of cash. They overpay players and then complain.

    I work in Portland on occasion and read their papers. The Portland fans are just as passionate and winey as Jazz fans. Portland has also had the most run ins with the law with low character players. Be done with the Blazers.

  • Old Timer the boonies, mexico
    July 31, 2011 7:36 a.m.

    I believe you have it totally wrong Rock! Yea the fans show up at 7pm after working all day and then are asked to give up that days pay when bringing family members for 2 hours of so-called entertainment. Maybe fans should not be included in the negoitiations but I do believe they should have a voice in the cost of the so-called entertainment, instead of the main greeds in this the owners, players and media reaping the "REAL" award in this game, that being the almighty green back! Boycotting isn't out of the question buddy. Over priced products do sell but they just don't have alot of volume.

  • Portland Trail Blazers Sandy, UT
    July 31, 2011 1:02 a.m.

    Especially Jazz 'fans' should not get involved. They think the NBA revolves around the Utah franchise.

    Stern needs to do everyone a favor and get rid of 4 NBA franchises: Utah, Indiana, New Orleans and Charlotte