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What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

Apr 25, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

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David Stern describes it as “the nuclear option.” Billy Hunter said it would take a lengthy lockout for him to consider it, but added they were watching the NFL lockout and decertification battle to see just how feasible it might be.

Turns out, it’s feasible.

A federal judge’s ruled Monday decertifying the NFL players union Monday.

You can bet Stern heard about the ruling he said the kind of thing that would have earned a player a “respect for the game” technical. While Hunter just nodded his head and smiled.

But we are al long way from seeing the same thing in the NBA. But the players just got another card to play at the table.

During the season the, the NBA players union went team-by-team and got players to sign off on decertification of the union. Just in case.

“But before we even get to that there are a whole lot of negotiations to do, and that would only sort a last ditched effort, if it came to that,” Hunter said following a press conference All-Star weekend. “We’re going to do everything to avoid that. We don’t have the expectation nor the desire to decertify the union.

“But if we’re pushed a year-long lockout, that may be one of the options we have to consider.”

We are a long way from the union pulling those out of their back pocket anytime soon. The situations are different, the relationships between the NFL union and NFL owners are different and the NBA union and the owners it deals with.

But that card is now out there on the table, the only question is if the NBA union decides to play it.

Let’s hope they don’t, because if they do it means the lock out is long and about to get a lot uglier.

  1. schoolboy834 - Apr 25, 2011 at 10:21 PM

    “But we are al long way from seeing the same thing in the NBA. ” Whos Al? is that a person? (sarcasm)

    “During the season the, the NBA players union went team-by-team and got players to sign off on decertification of the union.” The season the, the?

    Seriously, re read your articles. If this blog is professional there shouldn’t be grammar and spelling errors. It really is a bad reflection on yourself

    • mytthor - Apr 26, 2011 at 2:14 AM

      re read = reread

      It really is a bad reflection on yourself = They really reflect poorly on you *or* They really are a bad reflection of your skills.

      • schoolboy834 - Apr 26, 2011 at 4:50 AM

        difference is that i am not a writer for a professional blog

      • Kansachusetts - Apr 26, 2011 at 9:47 AM

        You might not be a professional writer, schoolboy, but you waste our time pointing out typos. If you’re going to do that, expect the same treatment.

      • schoolboy834 - Apr 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM

        The only reason i point these out is because i am hoping the author notices these and fixes them. It bother me when there are typos, because they are so obvious and so easily correctable, and they hinder the flow of the paragraph.

        Why bother commenting if its a waste of your time?

  2. rajbais - Apr 25, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

    Nothing because NBA players have enough guaranteed contract money to buy 8 foot tall aquariums to accommodate sharks and hold 20-bedroom house parties for groupies that they impregnate anyways!!!

    NBA players have a lot less to lose because it’s not a league that has at least 500 free agents out of 1900 players waiting for new contracts. The NFL is.

    I love the NBA, but if irresponsible owners recklessly give luxurious privileges and benefits to players that are going to accept them without the owners and managements completing a full sentence; then it will be impossible for the owners to short change the union.

    The flip side to the lockout is that when the union has rich, guaranteed long-term contract players that will not be feisty enough to keep the season running according to schedule then the league will be dead and forgotten for longer than we’d prefer.

    • Kansachusetts - Apr 26, 2011 at 9:51 AM

      @rajbais: So the fact that NBA players make a lot of money really gets your goat, but the fact that the owners make much, much more is beyond criticism, right? The only thing wrong with the picture is that some owners pay their irresponsible basketball-playing staff too much?

      Interesting worldview. Having fun in the 19th century?

      • rajbais - Apr 28, 2011 at 12:59 AM

        @Kansachusetts My friend, approximately 20 out of 30 owners are operating in losses!!! Would you want that if you owned a business???

        Just because owners have more money than the typical American it doesn’t mean that they’re getting good returns on their investments! I don’t think that anyone would want to live like Blazers’ owner Paul Allen, a man who fell from the 3rd richest man in the world to 57th. Losses similar to Allen’s can literally depress anyone, including you, because you’ll get treated like you’re stupid and can’t capitalize like how you once did.

        I don’t want players to earn minimum wage, but I also don’t want bad contracts to be the reason why the average salary is $5 million! This is truly the case!

        I want players to earn salaries that correlate to their production and (hopefully) contribution to wins!

        The best way to do that is to treat more players like year-to-year cases, not 5-6.

        There should be an agreement to end the maximum amount of 1-year contracts; the CBA says the current maximum is 3. It makes sense because teams can manage their payrolls according to a hard salary cap better.

        By the way, don’t use slavery or 19th Century references on me. I’m the son of immigrants that came from a country that had a couple of centuries of enslavement and British rule. I’m a minority who is against any form of racism or unfair politicking.

      • rajbais - Apr 28, 2011 at 1:01 AM

        Do you have a proposal for the owners and players?

        I’ll give you mine if you give me yours. I get the feeling mine will be more sophisticated.

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