Originally posted by LA9erFan:
LOL at everyone blaming the players.
You seem firmly entrenched on the side of the players. Why?
I'm at best a very casual basketball fan. Looking at this thing from my perspective, it seems like neither side is really worth supporting.
One of your points is that the NBA had record breaking revenues last year, made $200M more than previous years. That doesn't necessarily translate in to profit. From what I understand, there isn't really revenue sharing in the NBA either, like the NFL. So if that $200M was generated by only the 16 playoff teams, for example, then that still leaves roughly half of the other teams with financials that remained the same or possibly got worse.
Now one thing that shouldn't be overlooked by the people chastising the players is that there is some very strange record keeping in the NBA. The owners have holding companies that own the stadiums and rent them to the team, so this looks like an expense to the team when really it's going back in to the owners pockets. And that treatment of player's salaries that effectively equates them to cattle certainly provides for a hit to profit without taking any cash away from the owners.
I don't see the last offer as an ultimatum either. There certainly seems to be a number of owners that want the season dead so that they can move to a 47% or less cut for the players, but there were also a number that are ready to write checks and get back to games. (See, Mark Cuban isn't such a bad guy) I think that last offer rejected by the players represents Stern pushing on the owners that don't want a season to compromise.
Just some random thoughts, musings, and occasional insight from a novice fan. (I gotta stop reading Don Banks)