I have to admit I have never been a fan of professional sports. I have always believed when large sums of money enter into an equation, people stop doing things for the team and only look out for number one (see: Lebron James).
There have been many times I have rolled my eyes at the ridiculous comments made by NBA players…..remember when they were told they had to wear nice suits when traveling and many whined about how it restricted their freedom “to be themselves”? Give me a break! If you think a black button up suit and six inch heels is who I really am you are mistaken….but I wear it because it is required by the person who signs my paycheck every week.
I didn’t think these men (notice I did not say gentlemen) could get any more ridiculous….
Enter Summer 2011. The NBA players decided to go on a lockout after the season finished because they weren’t making enough money. I can totally understand where these guys are coming from….With the economy in shambles it’s gotta be hard to make it in these tough times.
Oh wait! They league minimum is $5 million! That’s right. FIVE MILLION DOLLARS!
What I wouldn’t give for a very, very tiny piece of that pie. Especially if I was getting to travel the United States and play a stupid game for a living that I apparently enjoy. I can’t imagine what these guys would think of the salaries of military personnel and police/fire personnel….hell, they’d probably scoff at a doctor’s salary. But who doesn’t think an NBA player deserves more money than those who serve our country, keep us safe and save our lives?
HAVE NO FEAR. The players and owners are all going to get theirs in the end….mark my words.
While the rest of us live in the real world, with real money issues we are watching a group of rich, over privileged men fight over large amounts of money most of us can never dream of earning. We are also committing to memory the ridiculous fiasco that is playing out before our eyes.
If these men think they have a money problem now, wait until they try to fill seats at an NBA game in the future. I’m pretty sure major league baseball players and owners would tell them to put their petty differences aside and work it out after what they went through during and after their strike years ago. It took MLB a long time to recover.
Here’s the real question: even if the differences between the players and owners are set aside and games resume by early 2012, will it make a difference to the public? We’ve already seen the greed and are angry that these people are so out of touch with the rest of us…that is going to have an impact on ticket sells. Sure those who have already purchased season tickets will attend games (or maybe they won’t) but will they renew their tickets next year? I know that it will be a long time before I attend another NBA game or even watch one on TV.
Another more important point is this…I could care less that millionaires aren’t making money, but when there are hard working people who depend on the NBA to employee them (concession stand workers, janitors, light/sound crews, etc.) I get livid thinking that their well being depends on a bunch of greedy whiners who are keeping them from earning an honest (and more than likely unfair) living.
I think they NBA owners should just tell the “professionals” to bad so sad and implement a league with players who would probably work for $100,000 just for the love of the game. I know I’d watch those games!
Regardless of what the outcome is, the NBA and its players have created a giant PR mess that I would not ever want to be involved in….and to think, I was sad when I didn’t get that marketing gig with the Thunder last year.
What are your thoughts on the lockout? Can the NBA recover from this PR nightmare? Please share what you think of this madness.