http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6362231 http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=6363434 The first article talks about how the NBA is losing money and how they want to change the system so every team can compete. The 2nd article shows how the NBA has had it's highest ratings ever. Its pretty contradicting and I'm pretty sure the NBA wouldn't be as popular if it weren't for the Heat and free agency, other factors as well. The new system the owners seem to want would have prevented that from happening and I wonder if that is what's really best for the league to change the system completely
The NBA owners are losing money. 22 of the 30 NBA teams lost money this year. Players salaries will have to be cut. And television had the highest ratings and more people watched games on TV this year instead of going to the games. I went and saw 4 nba games this year at the Atlanta Hawks. Even though I saw four games, I would have been just as happy watching the game on my HDTV at home and thats what most fans are doing now.
I only vouch for a lock out for two reasons:
1. to settle all this financial fiasco that they heavily stress
2. so that injury prone players can use the lockout as time to fully recover from nagging injuries (ie., Joakim Noah, Brandon Roy, Eric Gordon, etc.)
The NBA is as popular as its ever been it would seem stupid to throw it all away for a lockout
Yes, the NBA is very popular, but when 22 of the 30 NBA teams are losing money, majority wins. Money talks, even when the popular vote does not want it too.
I dont believe that many teams are losing money. I think that is a lie. How do we know the league is telling the truth.
Also NBA should be wise to settle on something because if NFL lockout happens more fans will flock to the NBA.
I agree Sheltwon. I think it would be wise for the NBA to settle on something, but I also think that greed plays too much a part in this. So that will take its toll but I do think that the players and coaches will see the lasting effect the lockout will have so eventually something will be worked out and what's left of the season will be saved. I truly think we will have a season next year, just a shortened one. Probably won't start until like January or Febraury.
I don't think Stern and Silver would lie to us about the most of the league losing money. Both invest their money and hard work into this do you think they would just mettle around with it and lie to us all for more money and a bunch of disgrunteld fans? Don't think so, both men want the league to work things out. Besides look at the league now, a bunch of "weak" teams struggle against the few elite (Heat, Knicks, Lakers, Spurs, Bulls, Magic, Mavs, Thunder) If things keep up like this, the other 22 teams will keep losing money and have to give in by leaving the NBA with 8 elite teams and thats it. Something has to give. This explains all the money being lost thus forcing a lockout to occur.
Stern and Silver realize that fan support is at an all time high, but that isn't the issue here. Money and greed are.
You believe its a lie based on what? You think it's all just made up? You dont think the lawyers for the players assocation have looked into the records? Really?