Well, the NBA owners and players reached a tentative agreement. A handshake was all that they required. The numbers are almost split 50-50 for what the owners and players will be receiving in royalties, etc.
For weeks the owners were throwing numbers at the players trying to reach a settlement. The players kept rejecting all the numbers. These numbers are on top of their salaries they already receive.
I'm officially sad for the NBA. Each side is money hungry. There is no question about it. It's the business and it's expected. However, it's gotten worse than ever. The owners were actually trying to spread the wealth (somewhat) and make the smaller market teams more profitable . . . . you know, so they don't go bankrupt - because they are in jeopardy of it. The players? They are just trying to make more money. None of them are going bankrupt. For once, I'm siding with the owners. Never thought I'd say that.
I love the pace of the NBA, I love the excitement and the athleticism it brings to the court. I love that I grew up watching one team and it's still my favorite team to cheer for. I love that my team finally won the championship.
I'm sad that the players have just let their greed go wild. I'm sad that the owners were trying to keep the league going with the smaller markets, so that the league becomes less of one team always winning and more of a balanced market (think of the Yankees and baseball - they're trying to not be baseball and I respect that). They want good players to be in every city. Right now, the smaller markets can't afford the big paychecks people like Kobe require, so they tried to change the system to let the smaller markets get these bigger names. The players just couldn't let that happen. They wanted even bigger paychecks.
I could go on and on, but I won't. I'm dissapointed in the players. I'm dissapointed the owners got shut down. I'm dissapointed that it's come down to this. Sadly? I'm still excited for the season to start.