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Shane Battier’s willing to sacrifice BRI money to lower ticket prices. Swell guy.

Oct 14, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

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Shane Battier is very much the black sheep of the NBPA. He was one of the first to challenge Billy Hunter on the issue of his salary in the lockout, and has consistently played contrarian to the NBPA’s homogeneous stream of rhetoric. On Friday, he took it a step further. With every NBA player out there saying 53 percent and no lower is their battle cry on BRI (that was an unfortunate rhyme), Battier said he’d be willing to budge if the money didn’t go to the owners, but to the fans.


Methinks I would forgo a few points on the BRI, if we could guarantee that NBA games would be more affordable for fans, especially familiesFri Oct 14 17:03:09 via Tweetlogix

Battier said that he himself wouldn’t have been able to go see games with how expensive tickets (and beer, for his dad) are, crediting his father for the sacrifice (not the beer, presumably).

It’s brave for Battier, another example of him breaking ranks in the pursuit of reason. Battier’s not in-line with the rest of the groupthink, and speaks what’s on his mind. We could use a few more out-of-the-box thinkers like Battier in the negotiating room, and fewer dogmatic ramblers.

  1. sknut - Oct 14, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    While its a noble idea, does anyone really think the owners would lower ticket prices? I think they wouldn’t as much as we would like.

  2. meatloaf025 - Oct 14, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    Of course he is in a class by himself. I would think he is the one player who after 25 years retired will have money left on his account. All others are fighting for money that will be gone 3 days after collecting it

  3. yournuts - Oct 14, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    Lets pay the players minimum wage and really lower the prices!

    • theghostofwillisreed - Oct 15, 2011 at 12:18 AM

      right, because the money owners save would always be passed on to the fans….

      owners will take profilts anytime and anywhere they can get it. fans don’t get a discount. don’t believe the hype.

  4. lookatthefarside - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:55 AM

    What would be the prerequisite for, “Family Tickets”? Sign me up for four fam tix please!

  5. 1historian - Oct 15, 2011 at 7:45 AM

    This is the same as the football players’ strike last winter.

    Fans – the money they are arguing about is YOURS.

    They will settle this silly strike whenever they do and then it will be time for YOU to pony up for the tickets.

    And you will.

    The ONLY language the players and the owners understand is MONEY – YOURS.

    The only way you can get them to listen to you is with empty seats.

    • nightman13 - Oct 16, 2011 at 1:02 AM

      The NFL players didn’t strike, they were locked out. The NBA players are not striking, they are locked out. Very big difference.

  6. densed - Oct 16, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    Retweet Shane Battier’s Twitter comment if you are a true fan. Click on his name above (with small pix) or go to

    Here is his comment:
    Methinks I would forgo a few points on the BRI, if we could guarantee that NBA games would be more affordable for fans, especially families
    Lets get LOTS of retweets. Fans rule.

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