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Thursday, June 30, 2011
Let the lockout games begin
Talks about a looming NBA lockout has finally shown its ugly face. The NBA lockout will officially start at 9:01PM PST tonight. What an unfortunate thing to happen to fans who look forward to the off season free-agencies, summer leagues and pre-season schedules.
The meat of this lockout is between the players and owners. The players don't want to give up a big chunk of their salaries to help save those owners who were more concerned about enhancing revenue sharing than managing team finances. Yes we've all heard it, even I've said it, NBA players make a lot of money, in some cases way too much but if you were among those athletes who worked their way to the top from the NBA's D-League to make a 6-7 figure salary for their family, wouldn't you want to fight to save as much of that hard earned money?
The only victims to this ridiculous lockout are the fans. In an economy like today's where you have millions of hard working people desperately seeking employment, an NBA lockout over how to properly split a vulturous revenue that the fans helped provide to begin with is something very petty in comparison. Money is the root of all evil folks. This is indeed a very disappointing day for the fans.
Lop 25 percent off the salary of the league's lowest paid guys, and in a country with a median salary around 50K, they still make about seven times the money of the people watching them play. Compared to a guy like Shannon Brown, who earned a modest-by-NBA-standards $2.15 million this season, it's over 40 times.