The NBA Lockout

Someone asked me the other day why I haven’t done a blog post on the NBA lockout seeing as how I am a HUGE NBA fan. Trust me it’s not that I hadn’t noticed that the NBA was shelving itself because it was poorly prepared going into a lockout everyone knew was around the corner (whew, said that all in one breath)… but the real truth is I find it very depressing to even talk about.

The NBA has gone through the motions the past couple months trying to strike some sort of deal the players and owners could agree upon. They have had meetings that have lasted for over 10 hours, and the result has been a failure. As a fan it is one of the most frustrating situations to follow because signs of hope do tend to exist, but after a 10 hour meeting the causual comments are as simple as “we made no significant progress today.” Really, you sat in a board or should I say BORED room for 10 hours and accomplished absolutely nothing?

I came across a disturbing poll the other day. 76% of Americans do not miss the NBA. Of course when a poll takes place you need the specifics in order to test the validity of the poll, so here it is.

Poll Position conducted the national telephone survey on Nov. 6, five days after the regular season was originally scheduled to begin and weeks after all November games were officially canceled. Pollsters contacted 1,179 registered voters and the results are striking.

Not surprisingly, the youngest polled responded they miss games at a higher rate than any other demographic, as 28.5 percent of respondents 18 to 29 years of age said they miss the NBA games. Less than eight percent of those aged 30 or older said they miss professional basketball.

Similarly, a higher proportion of males said they miss basketball (15.3 percent of men to 8.3 percent of females)

Across political lines, 15.3 percent of Democrat respondents said they missed basketball, compared to 10.3 percent of Republicans and 9.3 percent of Independents.

As polls tend to do, the results were also broken down by race. Over one-fourth of blacks responded they miss the NBA, while 18.2 percent of Hispanics agreed. And 8.2 percent of whites said they find themselves missing the games, while only 5.2 percent of all other races responded that they miss the NBA.

The poll has a margin of error of plus/minus three percent and did not ask respondents why they do or do not miss the games. – SF Chronicle

The numbers are not surprising and race does play a factor. It’s still a disturbing figure, and proves the NBA does not have the luxury to screw around with fans. If the NBA thinks people will forgive and forget when they do return, they are taking this disaster much to lightly.

Me being a die hard bias NBA fan that would defend it any cost, am having second thoughts on how much I actually care about this league fighting over every penny that can be made.When these types of situations occur you realize what really matters in life, and I am not saying I took basketball that seriously, but you certainly get caught up in the sport when you enjoy as much as I do. Nothing is more sickening to follow, than billionaires fighting with millionaires, while the fans pay ridiculous amounts to watch these spoiled players perform on the court. Sorry don’t mean to put every NBA player in the same boat, but even I can’t stand watching a league I love become more and more insignificant by the minute.

David Stern’s time has certainly come to an end, and Adam Silver will most likely take over commissioner duties in the future. But the significance of this lockout is not only about players, owners, and fans but employees of the NBA as well. More jobs lost in an economy that can’t afford to lose anymore, and smaller market cities that rely on professional sports teams to bring in the revenue will also be badly hit. This is another article on the economics that are claimed to be lost in the midst of this awful lockout.

Economists tell CBS Miami that South Florida may suffer $200 million in losses if there is no pro basketball this year. Need an example of the shortfall? CBS reports parking near the American Airlines Arena is now going for three bucks.

And the lockout will do major damage to other cities, too.

In Cleveland, WOIO reports up to 35 percent of downtown restaurants’ annual revenue comes from NBA games.

Portland says no Blazers games translates to a $59 million hit, Oklahoma City claims it will lose $60 million if Kevin Durant doesn’t play, and Tony Parker’s Spurs are worth an astonishing $90 million to the businesses of San Antonio.

Of course, it’s not just local cities that will need a major league stimulus plan. Bloomberg reports that Tuesday is the day pro basketball players were supposed to get their first paychecks of the 2011-12 NBA season. With the games on hold, the NBA’s players are missing out on an average game check of $425,000.

As a whole, the National Basketball Association has an annual revenue of about $4.3 billion, with more than $1.1 billion of that figure coming from gate receipts last season. – Yahoo! Sports ThePostGame

Whether you care about the NBA or not, just know that this league is committing a massive mistake that will force them to rebuild, instead of renovate.

3 thoughts on “The NBA Lockout

  1. I thought that the demographic of only 24% of Americans missing the NBA was extremely interesting. I hope they do not make the same mistake that the MLB made when they locked out in the 1990’s because the MLB is still trying to recover the same fanbase to this day. Are we seeing the end of professional basketball as we know it?

  2. Absolutely man, it’s extremely interesting and disturbing all at the same time. I do think it would take years to recover if the NBA continues to play games with fans…. it’s a sad situation. I appreciate the comment, following your sports blog as well 🙂

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