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Your Morning Dump… Where “owners are nuts”

RedsArmyAdmin October 11, 2011 Uncategorized 2 Comments

Stern Reuters photo via Daylife.com

Every morning, we compile the links of the day and dump them here… highlighting the big storyline. Because there's nothing quite as satisfying as a good morning dump. 

NEW YORK — I am disgusted and speechless.

I trusted wise men to act wisely. I believed in common sense prevailing. I think the NBA owners are nuts to go down this road. They just lost a significant percentage of their fair-weather fans.

Idiocy rules the day. How very, very sad.

Not just sad. Stupid.

Sheridan on Hoops

That's the entirety of Chris Sheridan's post-cancellation announcement column.  That's the whole thing. 

First, I want to apologize to Chris.  I like to leave something behind because I'm not in the business of stealing content.  I quote from it and encourage clicking through.  But this is too awesome.  This is just too priceless for me not to quote entirely. 

Sheridan has always been the most optimistic guy out there, so he has reason to be taken aback.  In fact, he explains his reasons for his optimism in his piece this morning.  He also adds this:

From talking to people after the talks ended Monday night, the players felt the owners were piling on with their demands for system changes, trying to run up the score in a negotiation that clearly, from the get-go, was a case study in what is known as concessionary bargaining – a union trying to hang us onto as much as it could from the old labor deal.

It's clear a deal was there to be had.  In fact, Stern said last night that a financial system was within reach if they had agreed to the systemic issues.  The union later said that the luxury tax system in place was so punitive, it was basically a hard cap.  

So that, and I'm sure other things, derailed these talks.  Owners were going to get somewhere in the neighborhood of 49% of the BRI, up from 43%.  It more than covered the gap of their losses.  Now they're just piling on.  

Make no mistake, the players have given up large chunks of money and, with the mid-level exception being tweaked, they were moving on other systemic issues.  Owners have gotten a lot of what they wanted.  And now they're flushing tons of money down the toilet to get the rest. 

Was this ever really just about money?  Or was this about breaking the union too?  David Stern and the owners had a chance to save a full season and they didn't.  I wish people would rise up, get pissed, and show the owners their disdain.  Instead, though, I'm afraid most people just won't care.  And maybe, for the NBA, that's worse.

The rest of the links:

EOB: Players react to first two weeks being cancelled  |  Ken Berger: Canceling games: Foolish or part of the plan?  |  Yahoo!: NBA cancels first two weeks 

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/danmcdonald Danno

    The problem is, without a season, there’s no means for the fans to rise up and show our disgust. The best way taht could be done would be to boycott ticket sales and advertisers who support the NBA. But without any games – we can’t do that.
    The BIGGER problem is those of us who are Season Ticket holders. We’re getting royally assbanged by the NBA/Celtics right now. I have to keep paying my monthly bill, even though there will likely be no season. and until the final decision is made, several thousand dollars of my hard earned money is being held hostage. but worse – if I decide to stop paying in protest, the Celtics will TAKE money already paid money, cancel my account as the fine print on the annual agreeement says it is non-refundable, and KEEP my money, even if the season gets cancelled.
    But wait – there’s more. If I continue to pay on time, the Celtics will SIT on my money, even if there is no season, until next MARCH. FRICKING MARCH!!!! at which time they will BEG me to stay a season ticket holder and roll that money over to the next year. If I choose to take a refund for a season that was never played, I will VOID my season Ticket holder status, and give up my current seats, even if I chose to stay on the payment plan for the next year. THAT’S RIGHT – Wyc Grosbeck is telling his customers, if you don’t let us keep your money, we will give you a refund, but you have to give up the rights to your seats to get it.
    I’m done with the NBA. FUCK THEM. I want my money back, and I don’t ever want to hear about it again.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/pricehook44 Ainge still lives

    That sucks I feel for ya.