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NBA Lines – This Lockout’s Gonna Be a Long One

Posted by Marcello Messina on 7/12/2011 9:21:57 AM

The NBA recently locked out its players, and it doesn’t seem like the two sides are anywhere close to reaching an agreement.

It’s turning out to be an unusually quiet month of July for NBA agents – no important phone calls, no wheeling and dealing, and no contract signings to be done. This lack of activity is attributed to the start of the NBA lockout, which began on July 1st. This is third major NBA work stoppage in history, the last one resulting in a shortened 50-game 1998 season.

When the lockout started on the 1st of July, the NBA owners immediately shunned the players from the league, removing all of their NBA lines headshots off of the league’s official website. As well, NBA lines players were disallowed from using team facilities, affiliating themselves with the NBA, or contacting team officials under any circumstances – under the penalization of $1 million fines.

Look back to the previous lockout in 1998; the players had lost most of the arguments at that time, having been under pressure from missing most of their season and salaries. This NBA lines lockout could very well turn out to end the same way.

NBA owners are declaring that they are not prospering financially, with 22 out of the 30 teams declaring that they are losing money each year. The owners want a new system that would consist of a cap on team payrolls of $62 million. They are also fighting for a larger share of the league’s $4 billion in annual revenue, which would decrease the players’ current 57% cut of the revenue pie. Though, it seems highly unlikely that the players would agree to this drastic profit change, as they could lose as much as $500 million per year.

Back in 1998, there was one main occurrence that led to the rapid agreement between both sides: commissioner David Stern threatening to cancel the entire season. Once the league had missed over 40 games, Stern threatened to cancel the whole basketball season, which basically gave the players an ultimatum. It will be interesting to see if this high-pressure tactic will work again, with so much more money at stake for both sides.

Looking at this lockout from a third-party point of view, it does not seems likely that the two sides are anywhere close to each other – they actually seem to be on different wavelengths at the moment. Even basketball analyst and former player Charles Barkley was recorded last month as saying that he believed the whole NBA lines season would be lost because the oppositions are so far apart.  

The owners, for one, are mostly to blame for having allowed this dilemma to get to this point. It seems like it is the owners and front offices of NBA lines teams across the league that should be faulted for poor managerial decisions, rather than the players for simply accepting large, overinflated contracts.

The owners have no problem complaining about their losses and inability to make high profits, but they need to be more involved within their franchises and play larger roles in front office decisions.

Managers need to understand that having a high payroll by paying substitute players like Gilbert Arenas to nearly $18 million per year is ridiculous and an outrage. For these reasons alone, teams who overpay average players – like the Orlando Magic (who have a payroll of $89.9 million) and the Denver Nuggets ($83 million) – will never succeed in the NBA. Despite having two of the highest payrolls in the league, they were both eliminated in the first round of this year’s NBA lines playoffs.

Messina Mention: The NBA owners must keep in mind, however, that should they give the players an ultimatum (being either they give up the $500 million or the season will be cancelled), players can always move to different league. New Jersey Nets’ Deron Williams has already spoken out about his decision to play in Turkey. And there have already been rumors of Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Ron Artest, and Tony Parker also saying that they would follow him given a lockout.

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