Friday, October 21, 2011

No Sympathy for NBA Players

The NBA owners and players have been meeting recently in an attempt to save some sort of season. The owners are demanding serious cuts in player’s salaries but the players have not been willing to give in. The war of words in the media has definitely tilted towards the owners as fans simply don’t have any sympathy for the players. This could be a big week for negotiations and it may decide whether we can bet on NBA basketball anytime soon.

Players Fighting a Losing Battle
You really have to kind of feel sorry for NBA player’s union president Derek Fisher. He is a really good guy who is trying to make the best of a bad situation. The owners are not going to give in to the players but Fisher has to put up a brave face and try and hold the union together. It doesn’t help that many of the players have no clue as to the reality of the situation. "We have 450 guys that are entitled to various opinions," said Fisher, "It's extremely difficult to try to not just control their thinking, but make sure as a group we're sending a collective message."

Mixed Message from Players
The players can’t even get the right message out to the media. Some players have said that they have considered caving in to the owner’s demands. Others, like Denver’s Kenyon Martin have even started to argue with fans.

Owners Winning the War
The owners are going to win the war; it is just a matter of how big the victory will be. The NBA is not the NFL and there is no outcry from the public to save the season. The NBA owners are not getting much sympathy from the public either but they don’t need any. They are going to win this battle and they are getting a lot of help from the players who can’t get any type of consistent message out there so that the public will support them. The players will have to give in to the owners to some extent. Perhaps Fisher can save something but as each day goes by the likelihood of the players winning anything grows dimmer. Whether there is any season to bet on NBA basketball is still up in the air but what we do know is that the owners are going to win when this lockout is over.

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