Friday July 1, 2011
Sad news hit last night around 12:01 a.m. EST. The NBA lockout began at that time when their CBA agreement ended. This marks the second lockout between the biggest sports in the United States. Basketball and football are locked out, making fans angry as anyone should be. We know who to blame, but we don’t know how to fix the problems. Here are a few ways to look at both lockouts and how to end them.
- With both lockouts under way, it’s a chance to get rid of any bureaucratic nonsense that caused these problems. It’s very likely it will be replaced by more bureaucratic nonsense. However, it’s a chance fans will have to take.
- Work harder to make these deals. The faster both lockouts end means the faster we fans get our sports back. The best way for this to work would be reaching middle ground. Come up with an in-between to satisfy owners and players, as well as the fans.
- Coinciding with my earlier point, they need to stop the lockout immediately. Both sports were at the height of their popularity and competitiveness. The worst thing to do is to let the lockout continue. Both leagues could lose fans as we speak.
Time for the magic man to take over!
An interesting observation occurred to me as the NBA lockout was announced. If both the NBA and the NFL were so popular, what were the players and owners doing all this time? Did they want this lockout to happen? Were they just sitting down and counting their money (or lack thereof in the owners’ case)? I understand both sides when it comes to wanting the best deal. Yet, these lockouts take time away from the players who just want to play and the fans who don’t want to hear negotiations. The NFL lockout, in particular, is ridiculous. Four months and no progress mean a shortened season. They better end their lockout soon. The NBA is too early to tell. Hopefully, they will avoid the mistakes the NFL made and reach a settlement quickly.
Hang in there NBA and NFL fans. The lockouts will end. Let’s hope they get back on the field and court as soon as possible.
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