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NBA to Follow NHL?

Discussion in 'Sports Programming and Events' started by John Corn, May 29, 2005.

  1. John Corn

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    Will the NBA Players Assoc. follow the NHL into another major work stoppage? Are the players & their agent's so greedy that they cannot even recognize the mistake that hockey has made during the past 12 months? Unfortunately for the average sports fan in the U.S., it appears as though they are that greedy & that they will follow the NHL and become the latest group of millionaire athletes that will insist on even greater earnings despite the public outcry from the masses.
     
  2. SamC

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    The NBA players, as a group, are more out-of-touch with reality than the NHL players. Fortunatly for them, many of the teams are owned by new money rich guys who have it to lose.

    The NBA is a niche sport in the US. Outside of NBA cities, no body much cares. It has its 20K fans in each city who fill up the arena, and, as evidenced by the ratings, maybe 20-60K more in each city, that cannot afford to. The worst demographics of any sport, and super-low numbers anyway.

    A strike would mostly serve to show ESPN and TNT that it can live w/o this niche sport, just as it did with the NHL. This would be a good thing. It would also show cites with too much money to waste that subsidizing the NBA via arena deals is something that 99.9% of people don't care about, which is a very good thing.
     
  3. FTA Michael

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    In the case of the NHL, the owners locked out the players and refused to allow them to play without major pullbacks from their previous deals. The players offered some concessions, but not enough to satisfy the owners, whose market disparity necessitates some sort of mechanism to share local revenues or suppress all labor expenses.

    I can't characterize those events as athletes insisting on "greater earnings".

    In general, employees want more money and employers want to reduce labor costs. When this happens in most businesses, we hesitate to call either side greedy; disputes about salary are a normal part of their relationship. I don't understand why fans want to side with millionaire players or billionaire owners. They need each other, and they usually work something out.
     
  4. Stewart Vernon

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    I would think that since the NBA had a strike-shortened season several years ago, ratings have been in a decline in recent years, and they have the recent NHL no-season to look at and see how fans generally were apathetic about missing an entire hockey season... that the NBA (both sides) would realize that after they posture for a while, they need to come up with a deal before they mess with the next season.

    I think they will, but it might not be what either side really wants... just like life, there are compromises and you have to settle for what you can get.

    In big business, when strikes and labor disputes happen outside of sports... it gets some press but not usually as much as the sports/entertainment strikes do... and usually the disputes are for less money than the high salaries of professional athletes... so I think in outside-sports-strikes it may actually be easier to get both sides to negotiate.
     

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