Sunday, November 13, 2011

2011-12 NBA season on the brink

The NBA Player’s Association needs to take the 50/50 offer and start anticipating the next round of negotiating - in 5-10 years. The NBPA should heed one of Sun Tzu’s tenets; “The general who wins the battle makes many calculations in his temple before the battle is fought. The general who loses makes but few calculations beforehand.” The NBPA needs to have better planning for the next offer.

A lost season for the NBA owners/players will not devastate them. A lost season for arena workers, local restaurants and fans will be hurtful to say the least. If this season is lost, the NBA should look forward to lower revenues and dissipating fan loyalty.

The NBPA has learned a painful lesson. Unfortunately, the employer will always win; the worker will need to accept the terms or quit. There are many talented college athletes that can replace some of the over-paid NBA players.

You know that things are getting heated when “National Basketball Players Association lead negotiator Jeffrey Kessler offered an apology on Wednesday for the inflammatory comments he made in the Washington Post, in which he said NBA owners were treating players like “plantation workers.” (http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wizards-insider/post/nbpa-attorney-apologizes-for-plantation-workers-comment/2011/11/09/gIQAOU7f5M_blog.html)

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