Wednesday, November 16, 2011

No NBA Season? Feel For the Cities, Not the Players

The NBA owners/players stalemate continues. The season was already late in starting, and now, as the players reject another offer, the whole season is in jeopardy.

I could care less about the NBA players and whether the season even begins. Basketball is a boring sport. There is little suspense in the game, at least not until the last 3-5 minutes or so. With frequent and usually easy scoring opportunities, it’s not a sport that I want to waste much time in watching, especially one that simply goes back and forth on the playing court in rapid succession.

I do feel badly for the cities that host NBA teams, as many businesses in those cities rely on NBA games in order to bring in customers. This includes restaurants, hotels, retails stores, and even parking garages. And the cities themselves depend on the tax dollars gained from those businesses.

I don’t know all the details of the disagreement, but I do know it’s the players who have rejected the owners offer and are now resorting to games of their own by disbanding their union so they can file an antitrust lawsuit. With that in mind, I am inclined to believe that the players are being more greedy than the owners, and it’s the players that care the least about NBA fans and also the cities that host the teams.

But make no mistake – both the players and the owners have a lot to gain or lose here. Sadly, it’s the fans and the cities that suffer the most.

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