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Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Posted on: October 28, 2011 10:53 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2011 11:15 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivermicky-arison

Silence, please. Miami Heat owner Micky Arison would like to make an announcement: The buck does not stop with Micky Arison.

Hours after negotiations between the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association broke down in New York City, Arison, recently ranked No. 75 on the Forbes 400 richest Americans list with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion, took to Twitter to engage in conversation with fans about the state of the talks. NBA owners have been almost uniformly silent during the lockout, adhering to a league-imposed gag order, but Arison opened up on Friday night.

His message: Don't blame me.

An angry fan directed the following mesage at Arison: "How's it feel to be apart of ruining the best game in the world? NBA owners/players don't give a damn about fans.. and guess what? Fans provide all the money you're fighting over.. you greedy a** pigs."

Arison replied: "You are barking at the wrong owner."

Less than an hour after that message was posted, it had been deleted from Arison's account.

But that's not all Arison, who inherited both the Heat and Carnival Cruise Lines from his father, had to say.

When another fan said that NBA owners don't care about fans, Arison tweeted, "Wrong, we care a lot."

Asked for his thoughts on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, he simply replied, "lol."

Certainly, we can all agree to laugh about Donald Sterling. He's a joke.

But, ladies and gentlemen, we've found our NBA owner equivalent of Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley, who recently said that it was "kind of retarded" that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association were fighting over 3 percent of the league's Basketball-Related Income.

Arison's tweets offer a rare peak behind the curtains at the philosophical divide among the owners. While NBA commissioner David Stern and deputy commissioner Adam Silver have tried their best to project a message that the NBA's owners are all on the same page when it comes to issues like revenue sharing, competitive balance and restructuring the Basketball-Related Income split, it's clear that there's at least two camps -- call them haves and have-nots, if you like -- among the owners. This is a point that NBPA executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher have alluded to throughout the negotiating process. 

With a veritable dream team assembled and guaranteed sell-outs for the next decade in hand, Arison is clearly a have. But while he might not want to admit it -- or even realize it -- Arison is, in fact, part of the problem. All 30 owners bear responsibility for their collective positions. That's how this thing works.

To point the finger at his fellow owners only makes the negotiation that much more charged. The players, who have already made massive concessions, clearly feel like they have been lied to. The last thing this tenuous process needs is a billionaire throwing his colleagues under the bus in an effort to save face and be "the good guy" on a social network.
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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

For all of you who think they did, might want to do a little research and stop being butt hurt that your team couldnt pull it off. 
What was illegal (against NBA rules) was  D Wade, Bosh, LaJoke, and the Heat owner having dinner 2 years ago at the Olympics talking about all getting together and running south beach.  Research it...it happened, the players admitted it and then retracted it when they found out that is a NO-NO!  So u research it...and U stop being butt hurt that NOBODY likes your fags down there in S.FLA.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

After 20 years of being a season ticket holder I will not renew next year.  Just had it.  I do not think any player or owner cares a bit.  I really don't and I feel like a sucker for having spent my hard earned money on this league and then watching them fight over the millions on the table.  I hope they stay out all year
I bet if LaQueen was still in CLE...u'd be singing a diff. song!  In fact...i know u would.  So dont blame it on the LOCKOUT!  Having said that, anyone who would by season tickets to watch that mess there needs to have their head examined.



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

The last I checked, this was a free country.  Why can't Micky Arison say whatever he feels?  Just because some loser in Cleveland who lost his prized "possession" is now so upset that he is cutting off his nose to spite his face?  Because, the Sacremento Kings and their owners are upset that they can't make money because they don't have the vision and are more interested in making real TV shows like the real housewives of Beverly Hills than working out a deal?  Or because some loser with the 2nd team in LA can't make it work, then the fans and the other owners will lose more....Ridiculous.

This fine smells of collusion by the owners and could get them in trouble if this goes to court.   As far as the writer of this article, did you know that Micky Arison is one of the most successful business men in the world, is extremely charitable and all he wants is for his team to play ball.  They should just get the teams that want to play to break off and form their own league (i.e., Celtics, Heat, Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, Sixers, Spurs, Thunder, Mavericks, Magic) and play ball.  At the end of the day, those ar the only teams that the league or the world really cares about  -  everyone else thinks they matter.  Everyone else is just filler for the playoffs.   The differene between those teams and the rest of the league is that they are either very successful big market teams, winners or sound organizations and not a bunch of whinning babies that can't help themselves by spending millions on mediocre losers and thus lose money consistently and don't have the pocketbooks to back up their poor decisions. If they don't like losing money, then don't spend.  I promist you the fans would still come to see the teams listed above or because they love the game.




Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

No the Heat, per say, did nothing within the organization that was against the rules.  There have been though  MULTIPLE stories & sources that one of their players, Dwayne Wade, was talking to players, specifically Lebron, while they were Olympians and playing for the US, to bring Lebron to Miami.  That constitutes illegal coercion, but will NEVER be penalized because the league wanted it too much.  And we all know, top athletes don't have to abide by the same ruls that the teams do, or us common folk.



Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:52 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Your points are valid.  But, there is a tipping point and I've kind of reached it.  After 20 years of being a season ticket holder I will not renew next year.  Just had it.  I do not think any player or owner cares a bit.  I really don't and I feel like a sucker for having spent my hard earned money on this league and then watching them fight over the millions on the table.  I hope they stay out all year.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:10 am
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

I'll be the first person in any conversation to state that I dont respect Lebron for leaving Cleveland to run to Miami.  Thats not about the League, thats not about Miami, thats 100% Lebron running from the challenge of taking Cleveland to a championship.  With that being said, The Heat did nothing illegal to get their big 3 together.  For all of you who think they did, might want to do a little research and stop being butt hurt that your team couldnt pull it off.  Chicago had room under the cap to sign 2 max players, add them to D Rose and you have a big 3.  New York(after virtually gutting their roster for the past 3 years and making it publicly known they were shooting for Lebron and another player) also had room for 2 Max players, which they eventually got.  Miami signed 2 players and kept their own all while managing to stay relatively close to the salary cap while teams like Dallas are about 20-30 mil above it.  Had Wade and Bosh ended up in Chicago would anyone care about that big 3?  Stop blaming the Heat for something that it was totally within their rights to do and for pulling off something a couple of other teams tried to do.  The truth of the matter is that this lockout is hurting the game.  The casual fan may return over time but those of us hardcore fans will watch because we love the game.  best bet is to get this thing resolved and start on damage control!



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

But you're paying attention to the labor situation... So obviously there's something about the NBA that captures your imagination or you wouldnt be wasting time posting your feelings about not missing the NBA in the first place. All these people who think they're hurting the NBA owners or players feelings by saying... if there's never another NBA game I wouldnt notice... sound like cry babies. They might as well be saying... "if you guys dont come to an agreement by Christmas, im burning my steve nash jersey and never watching again!" So! Everybody knows thats what closet NBA fans are saying out of frustration. If it was really true, you wouldnt waste time writing about it. You would just go away. For all the people who this applies to... don't go away mad... just go!




Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Heat owner Arison passes the buck on NBA lockout

Not sure I'ld notice if there was never another NBA game


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Since: Oct 29, 2011
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