- 11/06/2011, 12:11AM ET
...the best policy said 11/06, 12:11 AM
Is anyone missing the NBA? Does the NBA have any fans left? I know the players will miss their paychecks, and the owners will miss some TV money and concession dollars, and support personnel such as vendors will be hurting for money, but is anyone truly missing the NBA?
Anyone at all?
C-C-C said 11/06, 12:33 AM
Of course people "miss" the NBA. Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and the NBA has the best players in the world.
As a Celtics fan, I WANT the lockout to last a bit longer, though. I'd be as happy as Roy in a half price liquor store if they only played half a season. The old guys probably couldn't make a run in a long season, but in a shortened season they have to be considered among the favorites.
The NBA drew over 12 million fans to games last season. More than 19 thousand per game.
Revenue in the NBA last year topped $3.8billion. Obviously LOTS of people care.
What would Spike Lee and Jack Nicholson do with themselves without the NBA? Maybe they can collaborate on a movie ABOUT the NBA?
Folks who don't care for the NBA (and I'm assuming you are one of them) like to claim that nobody cares. But that's just not true. Many basketball fans are also Football fans, so this time of year isn't that big of a deal to them anyhow, but come February and you can be damn sure they'll be looking for the NBA on TNT.
A lot of fans just have lockout burnout after the long one in the NFL. But NBA fans, miss the games.
...the best policy said 11/06, 08:40 AM
No one misses the NBA. Not now, during the regular season.
Hmmm. Let's see. Do I really believe that anyone truly cares if a **** Minnesota Timberwolves team is playing an equally **** Charlotte Bobcats team in early November?
The NBA is on the downswing. True basketball fans are tired of the overpaid thugs...of the tattoos...the trading of expiring contracts...the disappearance of defense...the lack of basic fundamentals...Eddy Curry...seven timeouts in the last minute of a game...the whole concept of presenting the trash that the NBA calls basketball to the public.
The NBA hasn't been relevant since guys like Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon and John Stockton left.
Nobody cares that the NBA is on strike, or lockout, or whatever.
Nobody's really missing it.
C-C-C said 11/06, 12:07 PM
Do you care if the St. Louis Rams are playing an equally crappy Miami Dolphins in early November? Not unless you are a fan of one of those two gawd awful teams. So what's the point?
Celtics-Lakers in early November, on the other hand, would draw huge ratings. Why? Because people care about basketball.
How exactly is the NBA "on the downswing"? 108,000 people attended the NBA All-Star game last year...and that was for an EXHIBITION game. 54,000 more than the old record. You know how much the average ticket cost for that game? $1,558. 6 times as much as the previous season.
But people don't care?
The NBA is drawing more fans and making more money since MJ, Olajuwon, and Stockton left. I get it that you miss your boyhood hero's and don't think todays players measure up.
YOU are not decider of who does or doesn't miss NBA basketball. By every quantifiable number, you're dead wrong about it's popularity. Of course your claim is that NOBODY cares, so obviously you were dead wrong from the original premise.
Speaking in absolutes, such as "nobody misses it" makes your argument very easy to destroy.
I miss it.
...the best policy said 11/06, 11:30 PM
I don't. And no one I know does either.
The NBA could go away for a long time, and I don't think it would be missed.
You make good arguments, but let's agree on one thing: the quality of the NBA is terrible.
I think the NBA should take this time off to retool the league. Tighten up on its image. Go to a trapezoidal lane. Contract 4-6 teams from the league. Cut the number of timeouts in half. And strengthen a minor league system.
Those are just a few suggestions.
But the NBA, as it currently stands? No one really misses it.
C-C-C said 11/06, 11:56 PM
MLB has had 8 work stoppages in their history. In 1994 they canceled the World Series because of a players strike
NFL in 1987 had the temerity to run "replacement" players on the field for 3 weeks passing them off as actual professional players
NHL has had 3 work stoppages. One of which resulted in 36 lost games per team and another that resulted in an entire lost season
In every instance, the fans claimed they "didn't care". Were "tired of whiny multi-million players fighting with greedy owners". Would "never spend my hard earned money on it again". Etc. etc.
In every case, the sport in question came back stronger than ever after agreement was finally reached.
Why? Because no matter how pissed we get about these things, we still love the games. We still crave the competition. We still want nothing more than to see our team hoist a trophy at the end of a long season as if we had something to do with it.
Nothing about being a sports fan is rational. We root for laundry and feel an emotional attachment to wins and losses by players we'll never meet.
It may not be 'rational' to miss the NBA. But millions do.
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