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Do the mega stars realize there’s a lockout?

Chuck - Red's Army July 29, 2011 Uncategorized 3 Comments

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But for the most powerful and influential stars in a sport that is locked out, I wonder what all of these appearances, globe-trotting promotional tours and threats of signing with rinky-dink overseas teams are doing for the strength and resolve of the players association and its ability to unleash strong, meaningful voices against the owners' demands. Why have the loudest voices in the sport suddenly gone silent?

"They should be talking about how horrible the owners' deal is and how little it's changed over two years of negotiations," one prominent player agent said. "The deal's horrific. It's draconian in what they're trying to do. I would be emphasizing that as much as possible. That I don't get; I would think they would just be hammering every chance they get."

Instead, they're traveling the world selling shoes and apparel, tweeting about the Cowboys and emitting glorious twitpics of their view of the Pacific Ocean during breakfast.

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Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees made headlines by attaching their names to a lawsuit as they fought back against being locked out. Carmelo Anthony poses for a photo with a panda. Which one is the more effective labor negotiation tactic?

Except for their t-shirt solidarity, the NBA players haven't really done much.

Kevin Durant's comments sum up the lax attitude:

"No doubt, no doubt. It's a tough situation," Durant said of the current status of the NBA. "I want to play, every NBA player wants to play in the regular scheduled time so we'll see what happens … I think right now it really hasn't hit all the players yet that we're having a lockout right now, but once September hits that's when we're really going to start to know, feel the effects of the lockout."

Consider this a collective slap upside the head to the players and their union leaders.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mollysdaddy Jp

    I’m not sure I agree with this. If my company locked me out from work, I’d look for new work. If I had the means to take a break and travel around, I’d do that. If that travel took me to places where I might find new work, I’d do that too.
    The players are the face of the league, they are not the league, they are employees of it. If Google told all it’s employees to stop coming to work and we’re not gonna pay you, I’m guessing a rival of Google will find itself with a boatload of awesome new recruits.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/jacobnoble Jnoble Celtics

    i agree with JP, this NBA and NFL lockouts are TWO DIFFERENT beasts… one league (nfl) you do have “greedy” owners who make so much and under pay their players, where the other league (nba) you have players making TOO MUCH money compared to revenues and incomes (or losses for most) that the teams bring in (or lose).
    These NBA players are so ignorant to the worlds economic status as well as their league’s.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f2d28d7970c BigMck

    What about the league, its history and their place in history? That’s the problem with this generation of players… it’s all about them.
    How about working with the union and asking “what can I do to help resolve this labor disagreement?”