Fans, businesses the big losers in the NBA lockout

On Day 137 of the NBA lockout, the NBA Players Association decided to decline the offer made by the owners and decertify as a union. This was so they could sue the NBA to force the end of the lockout.

Why does this sound so familiar?

The NFLPA tried the same exact thing in decertifying and it was ultimately unsuccessful. They even advised the NBA players that is was a bad idea before their lockout. So here we sit with the possibility of losing the entire NBA season.

To be honest, I really don’t care who wins the battle of billionaire owners and millionaire players. There’s only a couple groups that I care about in this battle that are so often forgotten: the fans and downtown businesses.

Orlando was set to host the All-Star Game this year with the city raking in millions of dollars. With Florida being one of the epicenters of the housing market crash, I have no doubt they could use that cash. Let’s not even forget the bars and restaurants that surround the arenas around the country. Who is going to go to a downtown restaurant near the arena in the dead of winter, unless there’s a game? Not as many, that’s for sure.

Fact is, neither the owners or players have an ounce of perspective. Instead of arguing over a few measly percentage points of revenue sharing, they should remember where 100% of that money originates from. There’s a percentage for you.

With that being said, I’m proposing something when the NBA comes back to play: a fan lockout. Avoid paying inflated ticket prices and go visit the restaurants and bars around the arena. That would give the billionaires and millionaires a dose of reality and give the business owners some help they’ve been waiting for all fall/winter.

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Posted on November 15, 2011, in NBA, Sports and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. A-freaking-men. I would love to see people boycott the games should they actually end up having some sort of season. Hopefully these arenas will book more concerts and entertainment to make up for the lack of NBA games and downtown business will earn some revenue that way.

  2. Fans Should care about the NBA only so far as they can make the NBA EVEN MORE IRRELEVANT THAN IT IS NOW-BY BOYCOTTING WHOLE SEASONS OF IT-and BY REFUSING TO WATCH IT ON TNT! Fans SHOULD visit restaurants and put more money into them even if NO NBA games are played(spoprts bars also)!Arenas should book concerts by Scottish bagpipe bands and other performers-there will always be an interested audience for them! Hockey teams playing THEIR games in those arenas, same thing!It is the NBA THAT SHOULD BE LOCKED OUT BECAUSE-AND EACH TIME THAT-ITS WORK STOPPAGES IMPERIL LOCAL BUSINESSES THAT DEPEND ON NBA GAMES BEING PLAYED(and people working at those arenas depend upon events that bring revenue into cities that have NBA teams playing in their arenas)!

  3. Yes I DO! The ONLY PEOPLE WHO SHOULD HAVE TO PAY IN THIS LOCKOUT ARE THE OWNERS, THE PLAYERS(and their union) and COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN! These people have put scores of people at risk of losing their jobs(IN SOME CASES THEIR BUSINESSES!) WITH IDIOTIC WORK STOPPAGE! NOW THEY SHOULD REALLY FEEL THE FULL WRATH OF THE FANS-AND THE OTHER PEOPLE THEY VICTIMIZED!LET THERE BE EMPTY SEATS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS UNLESS THE EVENTS ARE ICE SHOWS, CONCERTS OR HOCKEY GAMES!

  4. Here are some things “CASUAL FANS” CAN DO BETWEEN NOW AND CHRISTMAS 2011:

    1.Organize groups to go Christmas Caroling(always a lot of fun!) or enjoy some other holiday-related activity;
    2.Play basketball themselves(or go bowling);
    3.Spend money on things OTHER THAN NBA game tickets but still keep in mind the people who are hurting financially because of the lockout.

  5. If I were an arena employee who had just lost his job because of an NBA work stoppage I would have VERY LITTLE USE FOR THE NBA. As a fan of basketball I love the game but I prefer ACTUALLY PLAYING BASKETBALL TO WATCHING THE BAD JOKE THAT THE NBA HAS BECOME! A BOYCOTT OF THE NBA IS STILL NEEDED EVEN IF PLAY RESUMES;THE MESSAGE MUST BE SENT THAT IF THE NBA OWNERS, PLAYERS AND COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN THINK THEY CAN **** WITH THE FANS BY DEPRIVING THEM OF BASKETBALL THEY SHOULD THINK AGAIN.

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