And I thought I was paranoid...Quote:
Murray even suggested yesterday the NBA purposely has initiated increased justification for a lockout by giving lucrative contracts to middle-of-the-road free agents this year.
"You always have outrageous salaries the year before, given to nothing players," Murray said. "Like this summer, go down the list. This person, that person, wow, $50 million, 60 million? The league is setting it up, so they can go, 'See? Salaries are out of control.'
"But hey, it was a great summer to be a free agent."
Originally Posted by Anthem
That is the dumbest statement I've read in a long time. So the owners are overpaying worthless players so they can have a lockout? Why not save the money and have a lockout anyway? There is enough reason already without overpaying even more players.
Hope it doesn't happen , that's what killed baseball for me and hockey is getting close , about ready to give that up. I really think it's all silly and it hurts the fanbase more than they realize.
Labor and owners need to remember that they are a partnership and rely on each other.
I think the NBA and NBAPA will figure it out without a lockout or a strike. The argument for shorter contracts is interesting, because on the surface it appears to hurt the franshise owners in the smaller markets (DW's strategy has always been to reward his best players with long contract for stability).
However, that strategy could still work and the shorter overall contract length, say three years, would allow teams to escape from "contract boo-boo's" (a/k/a Austin Croshere) much quicker.
when you got millionaires v.s. billionaires, reality is nowhere in the picture. right now i'd say i'm leaning at a 51% chance that there will be a lockout. gotta remember this is pro sports and neither the owners nor the players give a spit about the fans.
each side is never happy with the money they already have. it's never enough-never.
Originally Posted by kingfrog
Let me make a general comment first. No one has any idea if there will be a lockout, certainly not Jalen Lamond. So I put no stock in their comments.
Kingfrog, I want to address your comments. I realize what you are saying is conventional wisdom, but I think the owners and player do care about the fans. Who lost millions during the last lockout. The fans? No (I actually saved a lot of money, it was kinda nice). The owners and players lost millions and millions.
Well, on the bright side, we can enjoy an extra long break to enjoy our 2005 championship. :pimp: