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Andre Iguodala not optimistic about next season. Not at all.

Aug 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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LeBron James is optimistic about the chances of there being a next season.

Andre Iguodala is the ying to that yang.

The Sixers forward spoke with and sounded a more realistic tone.

“I didn’t think it would be this bad,” Iguodala said, playing in an outing for Stars Within Reach, a foundation that encourages and helps children pursue their dreams. “I thought with the season we had and the TV ratings that we had and this being one of the largest grossing revenue season’s in the history of the game, you would think that we would be able to reach an agreement. But we are so far apart.”

It’s hard to be optimistic when all we’ve seen so far is posturing and legal moves, not negotiations. Right now there is still no real pressure on either side to compromise and reach a deal. That starts to change next month — by the middle of September there will be preseason games that will be cancelled and the start of the season will be at risk. As with the NFL, expect that to put real pressure on both sides to negotiate in earnest.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll reach a deal like the NFL. Maybe they can get to one in October, but a lot more people feel pessimistic like Iguodala than they do optimistic like LeBron.

  1. tdman21 - Aug 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    these owners want to remake the NBA economy in the image of the general American economy. To roll back and the cap salaries for the next 10 years is a lot like flat-lining American wages over the last 30 years. Disconnecting player wages from total league revenues parallels the existing gap in worker pay and worker productivity. The idea that owners deserve a guaranteed $20M in profit per season, regardless of the stupidity of their decision making, rivals the ratio of CEO pay to average worker pay, which topped out at 411:1 in 2005 before the crash of 2008.

    The NBPA would be smart to make these points repeatedly to the general public

  2. themanchine - Aug 9, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    In all honesty, if LeBron is optimistic then there’s probably 1% chance of there being a season. He is SO out of touch with reality that it’s hard NOT to believe against him.

  3. crazimitch - Aug 9, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Sports teams are very high risk investments that require significant cash investment and cash flow. If you invested 250mm into a company that was as risky as an NBA basketball team you would not be unrealistic to expect a 10% annual return, ie 25mm/yr. i suspect most will disagree with me. However if you invested in a company that had this much exposure to labor peace, the economy, and local issues as professional teams do, you may reconsider your view. Remember, if you have 250mm you would collect 6mm/yr with ten year t-bills. So wanting 18mm/yr more is not that much when you have a 5% chance of losing all of your nvestment and many scenarios where you lose money or make less that the 6mm you’d make with t-bills.

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