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Players’ union distributes “lockout handbook” to members

Mar 11, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

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The NFL lockout is about to start after days of failed negotiations and amidst a big gulf between players and owners.

For NBA fans, it will be this and worse. The  NBA owners and players may be farther apart and more antagonistic to each other than their NFL counterparts. That’s why we say the lockout is coming to the Association and all we can really hope for is that it doesn’t cost games.

In preparation for the lockout, the Players Association has passed out a “Lockout Handbook” to its members, Bloomberg reports (via Ball Don’t Lie).

The book’s message is pretty simple: The paychecks are going to stop, so you don’t need to buy a new Bentley to show off on your Vegas trip, you need to save your money.

The NBA guide includes tips on how to handle household expenses such as mortgages and rents; suggestions not to purchase new cars, clothing and jewelry, or travel to gambling destinations such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City, New Jersey; and advice on communicating with wives, children, agents and entourages….

“Clothing and jewelry often have little or no resale value, so if times get tough, you will not be able to liquidate it quickly,” the handbook says in the section labeled “Clothing and Jewelry.” “Instead of making large purchases in the next year, save the money you were going to spend on clothes and jewelry in a lockout fund to protect yourself and your loved ones.”

Revenue — and certainly television viewership — for the NBA is starting to really rebound after the recession, but many owners want a fundamental shift in the league’s power. Hard salary caps, franchise tags and more that could give them back power they feel like they have lost will be on the table.

The players say what the owners really want is protections from themselves — they agree to bad contracts and now want a way to get out of them rather than honor them. Not fair to the players, the union argues. Also, the players note that increasing revenue means that the league is not losing money at the levels it is claiming.

Owners say only a handful of markets are making money, most are losing. The players counter that is a revenue sharing problem.

And it goes on and on. At least the players get a handbook. We fans are the ones going to get screwed.

  1. purdueman - Mar 11, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    I’d love nothing more than to see the money grubbing owners like Jerry Jones (Cowboys), and Dean “Dropped on my head at birth” Spanos (Chargers), get forced to not only open their books, but also make them public record so that all of us can see just how duped and stupid some of the NFL owners thought that the NFLPA leadership is! The owners no doubt are yearning for the good old days when they had their own hand picked puppet in Gene Upshaw sitting across the table from them. Let the mud slingin’ begin!!!

  2. digitalpoo - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:16 PM

    Scottie Pippen and Dr. J needed a book like this for everyday life. Both are bankrupt.

    • purdueman - Mar 11, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      The difference between “No Tippin’ Pippen” and Dr. J. is class… Dr. J. has it, “No Tippin’ Pippen doesn’t. When Pippen was making $15+M/year, he was legendary for his cheapness… reportedly oftentimes only giving one thin dime to parking valet’s who parked and then retrieved his Bentley. What an a-hole! Once he went broke, he went crawling back on his hands and knees to Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf for a glad-hand “Community Service Representative” job, but at least now he at least seems somewhat contrite for the gift job Reinsdorf handed to him.

  3. beagle11 - Mar 12, 2011 at 12:17 PM

    The problem seems to be the owners who buy teams with out a solid business plan. I’m sick of hearing about small market teams with low attendance complaining about not being able to compete with the likes of LA, NY, CHI and MIa. The fact is, they decided to buy in a smaller market (at a much, much cheaper price than one of the above teams would cost) knowing well the risks. Its disturbing that no one in this country with wealth is allowed to fail anymore, everyone needs someone else as a crutch, last I checked this was a capitalist nation. When did government bailouts, redistribution of wealth, and revenue sharing even become an option. Our tax money goes into building new arenas, which indirectly will go to another team in another city to help them pay a dumb contract that no smart business man would sign.

    Don’t complain that your franchise can’t compete with big markets when;
    a) teams like the Spurs and Thunder are doing just that
    b) your a billionaire, you should know about risk
    c) your market attracts minimal tv ad revenue
    d) your franchise is worth a fraction of what the big market franchises are. You didn’t pay to have a big franchise, don’t expect to play with the big boys.

    • purdueman - Mar 12, 2011 at 12:45 PM

      You make several good points, however, there is one significant problem when it comes to basketball that doesn’t exist in baseball or football. That problem is that under David Sterns dictatorship, the league has focused heavily on “star power”, and there are only so many of them to go around.

      While I think that the NBA is the most interesting it’s EVER been (with 12 or so teams that have a legitimate shot at the title), the slippery slope that started with Miami’s “Three Prima Donna’s” colluding to go to one big market team, followed by Mello and coach killer Deron Williams forcing their way into huge the New York market severely adversely affects many of the small market teams.

      Are the small market teams going to in essence become the next Continental Basketball Association second tier farm systems for major market teams? If the smaller market teams can’t retain their developing stars (Cleveland after all was able to offer La Bum $30M more guaranteed money than he took to go to Miami), why should the fans in those cities continue to support those teams?

      You mention Oklahoma City and San Antonio as being successful small market teams, but they have been successful primarily because they WERE able to retain/lock up their star players (Durant and Duncan), but that’s more the exception to the rule. Most of the developing stars now want the limelight that only a big market team can provide.

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