The NBA Lockout Could Have Been Shorter If Both Sides Were More Open

2 Dec

Basketball fans around the world are happy to hear that the NBA lockout between the players and owners has finally ended and that the season will begin on Christmas. While this news is exciting, the lockout could have been over much sooner.

The two sides came to the negotiating table, but neither side seemed willing to talk to the other since they each seemed more interested in talking at each other. Each side stubbornly stuck to their views, and this resulted in a 149-day stalemate.

Communication Issues 

According to Jonathan Abrams of Grantland, “There is no real reason why we couldn’t have arrived here in June or earlier. The sides started talks of this agreement more than two years ago and games were still lost. That reflects failure on both sides and a willingness to diminish a product.”

Both of the sides wanted to walk out of the negotiations with a win. They were not interested in doing what was best for the league, but rather what was in their best interests.

The longer the lockout went on, the more people began to express their opinions. Some owners, such as Michael Jordan believed that the players deserved a smaller percentage of the revenue than the original proposed amount. There were players who also took the opposite stance. All of these additional voices muddled the picture even more than it had already been.

The Group Without a Voice

While the NBA lockout was between the players and the owners, the fans were also another very interested party. They may not have had a voice, but they are one of the driving forces behind the league. Fans go out and support the teams and buy tickets, which in turn, helps provides the money to pay the players’ salaries.

This ordeal forced fans to see that the NBA is more than just a form of entertainment; it is a business. From the sidelines, the fans watched millionaires and billionaires “duke it out” to try to get every last penny out of the other side.

Once it was apparent that the season would be lost if an agreement was not reached, the two sides were able to focus on the game itself. This pressure led to the compromise that allowed the lockout to end and for everyone to be happy about its conclusion.

by Robert Knapel

http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7290108/winners-losers-nba-lockout

http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/id/7290389/did-learn-anything-nba-lockout

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2 Responses to “The NBA Lockout Could Have Been Shorter If Both Sides Were More Open”

  1. Jake Lazarus December 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    I think you are right in that the NBA is, in the end, just a business. I am still having trouble deciding, though, whether the lockout was good or bad for the NBA. I get the feeling that it was a bit of both, that it polarized the fans. On one hand, not having games made many people realize how much they loved the NBA. However, I heard just as many people say how much they missed it and wished it would come back as I heard people say how much they could care less about the NBA. Now, it seems people either love it or hate it, thanks to the lockout. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to Christmas day!

    • Robert Knapel December 6, 2011 at 6:27 am #

      It really depends on which side you look at it from. Some people will argue its a win for the players because they got a larger part of the basketball related income then they were expected to get. However, they ended up losing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in the new deal. Basketball fans are, for the most part, just happy that the NBA is back.

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