Every year around this time, basketball games start to appear in homes and sports bars all across America. This year, there is a conflict that is restraining this from happening—the lockout.
At the beginning of the year, the National Football League announced that there was going to be a lockout for the season. Negotiations were made and the football season began. This same thing is happening for the National Basketball Association, except that there haven’t been any negotiations made, so the season hasn’t started.
The whole lockout situation is about putting a cap on how much the professional basketball players earn. Most starters on teams make more than a million dollars per contract, costing owners a hefty sum.
However, with this lockout, these owners are losing their revenue. Tickets aren’t being purchased, team merchandise is not being sold, and the businesses within the venue aren’t getting any customers.
There is an understanding that players are being paid a great deal of money but putting the season on hold because of an NBA lockout costs the owners money and the fans their entertainment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, over the past week, the players union and the owners have tried to negotiate a deal but the players are limited to how much income they are deducted.
Now preseason is canceled, along with two weeks of the regular season. Fans are waiting for these long-term discussions to stop.
All this is because owners want to split all revenue 50-50 and the players have to agree to that before the discussion of a salary cap can happen.
This constant argument between both sides is becoming redundant and needs to subside quickly.
Each day that a basketball game isn’t held is a loss of revenue for the venues and the teams. Negotiations should not have to impact the anticipated revenue.
Someone needs to agree on terms soon, or these teams might lose a lot more of their revenue, and then the players and owners really won’t be getting paid.
The wait must continue, as according to ESPN, there will be about 102 games canceled and the season is set to start on Nov. 28.
Ivanna Tucker/Features editor
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