LezBeHonest: Thank God the NBA Lockout is over, but I’m not really surprised it took this long. Despite the doubt and disbelief that many of us had that we would be missing out on the NBA this year, Billy Hunter and David Stern finally came to an agreement for a new CBA. Listening to Chris Broussard on SportsCenter for 149 days straight, telling us that the two sides were “making progress” was more painful than the thought of not being able to hear Stacey King remind us that Derrick Rose is Too Big, Too Strong, Too Fast and Just Too Good on a nightly basis.
I have many thoughts on the biggest issues of the lockout, but there are three that stand above anything else.
First: Why the hell were all of these players, most of which did not attend college, or did not finish college, the ones negotiating for a new deal? Yes, I understand that it’s their occupation and they have the right to be there and have a say in what is going on, and yes, I understand that they may have some business related knowledge with contracts, sponsors, etc. but does that really mean that they are aware of every little detail that goes into these kinds of agreements. To me, it does not seem logical to have people who are not highly educated in these respects, holding the key to the NBA season.
Secondly, the way in which the owners handled the lockout was absolutely disgusting. They knew, as everyone who knows anything about this lockout, that the players were going to end up having to take a pay cut. However, whose fault was it when they signed the previous CBA just over 10 years ago. Did they not realize that the players would end up getting more money when they held the rights to 57% of the revenue? It’s true that the NBA market has grown dramatically in the last three or four years, but any time someone is getting a higher percentage of revenue, they’re obviously going to get more money.
My third problem with the lockout is that with all of the attention directed at the players union and the owners, it seems that everyone forgot about the people who actually work for these teams from vendors to ticket sales associates. I am not sure what the exact number is, but many people were without a job who definitely needed it more than any of the players or owners. The fact that the two sides held people out of their jobs for this long over 1% of revenue is pretty disturbing.
Thankfully the lockout is over, but it should not have taken this long at all. And fortunately we will still be able to see DRose at least 66 times, destroying defenses, using a poster machine, and breaking ankles (Andre Miller & Tyreke Evans in particular). But LezBeHonest, we won’t really ever look back at the issues of the lockout once the season starts, all we really care about is that there will be an NBA season this year.