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The lockout starts, officially goes dark

Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:13 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:30 am
Posted by Royce Young

Welcome to the new, where the second lead story is, "WNBA MVP race heating up." Yeah, this whole lockout thing totally sucks.

What happened? Where'd StatsCube go? Where's all the player profiles? Where are the stories, columns and pictures?

All gone because of the lockout. At exactly 12:01 a.m., the time the lockout officially began, transformed to a cut-down version with no pictures, videos or text about players. Kevin Arnovitz of TrueHoop explains why:
Does it really matter if there's an extension of the CBA in July or a lockout? After all, there aren't any games nor do players get paid during this summer.

But for the guys who are in charge of those team websites and, the pending deadline is a huge deal.

That's because the moment the clock strikes midnight on the current CBA, all those images and videos of NBA players have to disappear off NBA-owned digital properties. Depending on how you interpret "fair use," the prohibition could include the mere mention of a player's name on an NBA-owned site, though different teams have different interpretations of this particular stipulation.

Over the past few weeks, NBA website administrators and support staff have endured two-hour conference calls and countless planning sessions to figure out how to eliminate all these photos, highlights, articles and promotional features from the sites.
At last check, a lot of team sites still were normal, but we'll see what happens there in the coming days. But there is literally no NBA-related content on that includes anything about a player. All content has been wiped clean for now and the only content is either about the lockout or the WNBA.

If you needed a visual, obvious sign of the lockout, just check It's on, people.


Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:38 pm

The lockout starts, officially goes dark

I on another thread where a poster came up with the ideal solution to both the NFL and NBA lock outs.

Since the owners apparently can still earn money without the sport teams. Most find this ownership as a hobby, leaving the everyday operations to General Mangers with some type of report periodically to keep them abreast of what is going on.

Sell the franchise to the players. Let them hire a commissioner, and others  necessary to run the NBA. Hire the coaches and pay each other if there are sufficient funds  remaining after purchase of an arena or playing field. Pay the taxes on earnings to include all equipment, travel arrangements to include hotel and eating accommodations.

That way the would have access to the books, and may see them whenever they would like.

The could establish who would earn the top salaries and either a ceiling or basement on  rookies salaries.

I hope the players would have enough money between them to purchase the franchises.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2011 1:35 pm

The lockout starts, officially goes dark

wait then why can still sell current players' jerseys?

Since: Mar 19, 2011
Posted on: July 1, 2011 10:39 am

The lockout starts, officially goes dark

I am actually against the NBA and its owners on this one.  The first step is that Stern HAS TO GO.  He over promised and under delivered to owners that purchased franchises over the past decade.  So now he is the one in the pickle, but it does not stop there.  He also pretty much let any idiot with enough money buy into the league.  Of the owners who took over franchises since 2000, only Cuban seems to be interested in improving their product.  So that brings me to the next point which is the ownership themselves, many of whom have proven that they should not have the privige to own a franchise. 

I am a Knicks fan, and our team has argubly the WORST owner in the league.  He is a Cable TV guy, not a basketball guy.  With the Knicks, if it weren't for Donnie Walsh over the past 3 years, I would argue that Jim Dolan had relinquished his right to own a franchise.  Prior to Walsh, the knicks were mired in horrible decision making which lead to problems both on and off the court.  Similar things can be said of the ownership of the 76ers (another cable and hockey guy), Clippers, Wizzards, Timberwolves, Nets, Warriors, and the Bucks.  Why don't we get real and contract these teams, and have a better product.  The owners will then get what they want without really touching overall revenues. Largely because no one goes to see these teams play anyway. 

The lockout should not be a mechanism to protect these absentee owners from themselves.  The players never held a gun to anyone's head.  Jerome James did not threaten Isiah Thomas' family if he weren't given a $35M contract. 

Since: Dec 7, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 8:21 am

The lockout starts, officially goes dark

I'm sure the owners have said relax we're willing to sit out till we can get a grip on salaries, as way to many teams are losing money and without a reduction there will be no NBA as we know it. Players themselves should take a look at the bottom line as this recession will be around for a while as the inane government policies are doing more to lengthen and increase the depression we're in. Spending your way outta a recession doesn't work, try spending your way outta credit card debt.

Since: Mar 3, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2011 2:20 am

The lockout starts, officially goes dark

See you in December 2011, or October 2012. Stern looks way to comfortable with this...

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