The NFL lockout created unnecessary absurdities and worries. Now, the NBA lockout is doing the causing the same emotions – in an entirely different way.
The NBA has been locked out for 113 days (as of Oct. 21), and it seems the sports media has already written off the league entirely. The NBA receives as much attention as Rebecca Black.
In preparation of a long-term lockout, NBA Commissioner David Stern cancelled the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season. That equates to 164 professional games that will never exist.
Meanwhile, the NFL lost only one preseason game.
Several NBA players have signed with teams overseas including Kobe Bryant, Pau and Marc Gasol, and Deron Williams. Many others are considering a move if (when) the lockout persists (including Lebron James to the Seahawks).
On the other hand, during the NFL lockout, well, let’s just say nobody left to join the CFL.
For some reason, the sports world is too consumed with lesser matters to focus on the NBA whereas the NFL was nearly forced to reach a deal because of the pressure of the sports media giant.
Could it be that the media coverage is playing favorites?
Instead of bothering to report on the conditions of labor agreements, a larger focus is being placed on Tim Tebow, a certain Tiger Woods hot dog incident, and the departure of Terry Francona and Theo Epstein from Boston.
Apparently, the message is to renounce the NBA much the same way they gave up on the NHL in 2004. After that fiasco, the NHL is still fighting for revival.
Perhaps, though, ignoring the NBA is an elaborate apology to the NHL.
On the count of…
Each game the NBA loses, they lose about $720,000 dollars in ticket sales alone. That’s enough money to pay for William and Kate’s honeymoon. One game.