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Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:35 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 3:39 am
Posted by Ben Golliver


The Commander-in-chief wants his hoops, and he's starting to get nervous that he might not get them this season.

Appearing on the Tonight Show with host Jay Leno in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, United States President Barack Obama answered questions about Muammar Gaddafi, ending the Iraq War and Occupy Wall Street, but he also took a moment to let the national television audience know that he believes it is high time the NBA and its players reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout.

Obama called the league's current labor impasse "heartbreaking" -- the same word he recently used in Florida shortly after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season -- and suggested that the NBA's players and owners turn to the National Football League, who reached its own new labor deal in time to save the 2011-2012 season, for guidance.

"If you look at the NFL, they were able to settle theirs," Obama said. "I think they understood: 'Players we're making millions of dollars, owners some of us are worth billions of dollars, we should be able to figure out how to split a nine billion dollar pot so that our fans, who are allowing us to make all of this money, can actually have a good season.' I think the owners and the basketball players need to think the same way."

Leno then asked if Obama, a noted basketball aficonado, was worried that the entire season might be lost.

"I'm concerned about it," the President admitted. "They need to just remind themselves that the reason they are so successful is because a whole bunch of folks out there love basketball. Basketball has actually done well, but these kinds of lockouts, a lot of times it takes a long time to recover."

NBA labor talks broke down on Thursday, but representatives from the league and the National Basketball Players Association are expected to resume negotiations in small groups on Wednesday in New York City.

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: October 27, 2011 12:53 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Obama should step in and use the power of the Office of the President to settle this matter. And by settle I mean force the owners to accept all of the players' demands. (sarcasm)

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:43 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Dam dude, should be talking aboiut other things brother.  You were given the highest office in the nation....talking about basketball???  On a talk show...Leno???  Oh that so cool, illegitimate role model.  Who really cares about the love bball well then go play it.  And the cheap tattoos on the playas....word....funny, get to a real artist.  Your skin and not mine.  LOL  The world is offically WEIRD.  A famous quote...."We talkin about basketball.  Basketball?"

Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: October 27, 2011 1:43 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Obama, quit visiting Cali.  You cause too much traffic for pointless visits!!

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:59 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

No duh! They alread canceled like a lot of week already. I mean come on! It's pretty obivous!

Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 7:24 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Is Obama supposed to say "No comment" to a sports question? Seriously, people. It was probably the easiest question he faced all day. Give the man a break for answering a question someone asked him. He doesn't even need to be a fan - but he most certainly is - to answer to a dang question.

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 6:47 pm
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Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 5:22 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Secondly I am tired of the argument of Billionaires versus Millionaires
 This fits into his class warfare spiel. Maybe he should tax the NBAPA since they're part of the so-called 1%.

Maybe he should stop going on talk shows and actually do something for the country.  His jobs plan is such a joke, even his party rejected it. It's another ruse to cast blame on someone else. If he was truly interested in helping people, he'd do what Clinton did and move towards the center and more towards austerity. However, that's beneath him. Going on Jay Leno is  more important. How unbelievable sad and pathetic.

quit with the sports stuff
 He's allowed to be a fan. Bush was a huge baseball fan and still is. Clinton loved football. However, considering what is going on and how unpopular he is, you'd think he'd be actually focusing on saving elements of the job plan that all sides like. However, he's above doing that and rather lecture us on civility and labor issues involving sports. That's the really galling part.

 When the rhetoric dies down and they narrow who is really negotiating the deal will get done. The more people you have the greater chance for someone to blow it up.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 4:42 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Good for you Mr. President, he knows that basketball creates jobs and revenues in the cities there are teams. I might not not agree with all of his policies but I think he's doing well with a bad hand. 1 term president? You must not be watching the same debates I am because I'd take Obama any day of the week over any of them.

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:05 pm

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Two things:

First is that Obama needs to stick to the issues and quit with the sports stuff. Granted the league is putting a lot of people out of work because of the lockout he should be focusing on greater feats.  Maybe like price gouging caused by competition. Is it just me or was the drop in gas prices minimal in respects to the price per barrell? I seen on dateline a while back that companies dont go off of an average and will follow suite with their local gas prices to maximize their own stores profit on gas which is usually minimal but enough to be an outrage when we should be seeing prices under $3 gallon.

Secondly I am tired of the argument of Billionaires versus Millionaires. The problem I have with this is that these Billionaires didn't become Billionaires because of their NBA franchises. If I were an owner and I was losing money I would seriously stick to my guns in this lockout. I would even consider eliminating the franchise all together because if I am a businessman I don't want a product that is losing me money. I would almost guarantee if those 22 owners who lost money last year were to talk about contraction of all of those teams the players and the union would jump at the crappiest deal the owner's would put in front of their faces because they are not going to want to be liable for more than 2/3 of the players in the league being out of work because there are only 8 teams left.     

Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:55 pm
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