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Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Posted on: September 8, 2011 12:42 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Preseason games don't matter in a lot of ways. They don't make money, they don't do a lot in terms of tuning up teams. In reality, players and owners probably wouldn't mind if the lockout wiped it out.

Which could be the case.

According to Sporting News, owners could be willing to give up the preseason entirely.
Stern pointed out on Wednesday that, to save the season, “We have three weeks.” Training camp is supposed to start in less than a month. When the NFL was in a lockout, there was an emphasis on saving training camp, but according to a league source, that’s not necessarily as important for the NBA. First of all, pro football is a lot more complicated to coach and requires more thorough conditioning. Second, the source said, “Financially, the NFL makes a killing off the preseason. The NBA doesn’t. We play in some pretty far-off spots. And our preseason games aren’t televised much.”
So if it's not a money-making venture, you can bet that there's not a sense of urgency to keep it in place during the negotiations. The major downside is perception and when you start cancelling things, people get anxious. There were reports a few days ago about how cancelling preseason games would alert future advertisers of problems. Which could cost the league money in the long run.

One thing to note though in terms of deadlines: If the NBA's situation isn't resolved soon, players will begin heading off to join the European teams they signed with. Deron Williams arrived in Istanbul today, in fact.
But a complicating factor to bear in mind is this: Many players have already committed to playing overseas, and most of those are scheduled to start with their new teams by the end of the month. Most of those contracts have out-clauses allowing players to return to the NBA should the lockout end, but the feeling among both general managers and agents is that, once the international leagues begin play, the pace of negotiations will slow, and probably impinge on the season. “It will be hard to have players go overseas and join a team in late September,” one agent told SN, “only to have them turn around and come back in a couple of weeks.”
While losing preseason games isn't going to sting a ton, the pressure of getting something done is finally hitting and that's why negotiations are ramping up some. Like Stern said, three weeks. That's the time there is to make something happen before there's a real effect laid out on the players, owners and fans. Owners might be willing to sacrifice the preseason and while I think everyone would be OK living with that, you don't want to make a habit out of it.

Category: NBA

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 12, 2011 8:05 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

F you, I'll hate all I want to hate.  I hope LBJ never plays another game.  I hope his mother gets nailed too hard by Delonte and she strokes out.  I hope he blow a knee out, and the doctor accidentally cuts one of his testicles off. 

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:42 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Let us NBA fans watch. Oh well

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 9:41 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Please, please, please NBA owners...please sacrifice the next 5 seasons. That way, I don't have to see that a-hole LBJ choke in June again.


You do not have to. Turn off your damn tv and let us NBA wstch. 

Since: Oct 5, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 1:10 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

As an NBA fan, I'm anything but worried.   Didn't we just hear all this hoopla a few months ago when NFL was saying how they might not have a season...and all of a sudden they agree to a 10 year deal.

From what I've heard, players and owners have already agreed to a 50/50 split.  The work is deciding what revenues go into the 50/50 split and the players want to ensure their contracts are not like the NFLs (which I do not blame them).  I'd say the idea of a hard cap will NOT fly; and I also agree with that.  Let's hope the NBA also sets forth a deal with 10 years...then this can at least be fewer and furthur between.  Maybe with a 10 yr deal, Stern will appear as less of a complete failure.

All issues are solvable.  And no one doesn't want a season.  And I personally don't watch much preseason as most times games aren't available anyhow and other times; they are rather boring; as they mean nothing.  Same with NFL.  I don't watch them unless I'm trying to find out about a particular player and that player just happens to be on TV.  Rare occurrence indeed.

As far as I'm concerned, I'll use football til the basketball season starts and worry only when I got a good reason.  That won't be for another two months IMO.  This is all just stuff to say cause it is the only story in town.  It is always over-exaggerated as well.

As for women lingerie "sport" to replace NBA.  I've always felt what I can only watch and not touch; should be sports/game related....otherwise, it is just a bore/tease.  There are times you must participate to truly enjoy games...not true.  Opposite sex-absolutley requires participation to be fun. 

I'll take the NBA....esp without preseason...  As a fan, I'd consider that a plus.  LOL  Now, in Lebron James draft or Kevin Durant; I'd prefer a preseason.  But I guess I can wait to see Walker for regular season. 

Now if only the owners could stop being petty/greedy and get this party started.....

Direct TV sent me a notice in the mail indicating that I will not be charged for NBA league pass until the season starts.  Also, if games are missed, the monetary amount will be altered to reflect it.  So in essense, I have no worries.  LOL

Let the games begin.....

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:00 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Please, please, please NBA owners...please sacrifice the next 5 seasons. That way, I don't have to see that a-hole LBJ choke in June again.

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:34 am

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Thank goodness it's that time of the year for watching a sport that has 30 seconds of replays for every play from scrimmage.  Hallelujah!  Not to mention it gets tamer each year thanks to new boneheaded rules coming down from its commissioner.

Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:40 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Remember when the NHL cancelled a season and nobody cared? the same thing could happen to the NBA!! 

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:14 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Since there's no Mike Piazza, Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, or Greg Maddux, let's kill off baseball for a season or longer.  Nice logic.

Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:37 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

The progress of the current National Basketball Association Labor talks:

  1. Players want more money.  Check.
  2. Owners want more money.  Check.
  3. Players seeking outside employment.  Check.
  4. Owners kill off training camps.  Check.
  5. Owners kill off preseason. Check.
  6. Owners kill off the regular season.  We can only hope.
  7. Owners kill off postseason.  What's holding them back?
  8. Players and Owners kill the N.B.A.  Priceless!
The list is coming together nicely.  Because there is no Michael Jordan, Shaq O'Neal, Larry Bird or Earvin Johnson, I would love to see the N.B.A. go on hiatus for at least one season if not more.  We need to find out if the N.B.A. actually matters or is it basketball's version of the X.F.L.

Oh Great Creator, please let the N.B.A. immolate itself and become extinct.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:42 pm

Owners willing to sacrifice preseason?

Fold up the whole shabang - garbage product - horrible commish - greed beyond belief.  The NBA folding would be a huge message to all of these pro sports bozos that nothing can be taken for granted.  The NFL almost messed around and got burned - the NBA does not have nearly the love fest the football guys do and start missing the season, people will easily and happily find other attractions.  Simply for Clay Bennett and Dave Stern - I would love to see failure.

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