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Battier: NBA can't go through what the NFL is

Posted on: July 7, 2011 2:56 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2011 3:09 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Two major American sports are currently locked out. But one is a juggernaut, a league that basically bathes in money. The other is rising back up after a down period that saw ticket sales and TV popularity slip.

That's why Shane Battier was very straightforward when he told WFAN in New York that the NBA "can't afford to go through what the NFL is going through." Battier understands the momentum in the league right now and to sacrafice it over money doesn't seem wise. Doesn't mean he thinks the players should just cave to the owners, but it means that both sides better get their butts to the bargaining table and get something sorted out before November.

Via Sports Radio Interviews:
“I’m cautiously optimistic that we will get something done before missing any games. We all know what’s at stake. We can’t afford to go through what the NFL is going through and we can’t afford to lose the fans. I just think we have a perspective after going through this in ’99 that it’s in the best interest of everybody to hammer out a fair deal.”

It's an obvious statement, but Battier said what's been the MacGuffin, if you will, in these negotiations the entire time. The NBA simply can't risk what's been built over the last six or seven years. Talent is at an all-time high. TV interest is booming. The NBA Draft had incredible ratings. Millions tuned in just to hear where LeBron would play basketball.

To potentially alienate fans over money isn't wise. Both sides recognize this. Players see it, owners get it. There's talk of hardlining this thing and an entire season being wiped out. That would seriously be about the dumbest thing ever. Monumentally stupid. And because of what Battier said is a major reason I still don't really see games being lost.

Battier also tried to summarize the biggest issues in the talks.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of the flex cap. I think it’s a pretty clever term by Commissioner Stern. The main issues for us are the revenue sharing amongst the big market teams and the small market teams. That will really lead the discussion to what share the players will share with the owners.

"The league maintains that the revenue sharing is an internal matter and they will take care of it themselves. We think it’s a huge part of the bigger picture, the big collective bargaining discussion. Once we sort of see how the revenues are going to be split amongst the teams I think that will be a huge, huge advantage to getting a deal done.”

Any advantage in getting a deal done is all I care about. I have no dog in the fight. No stake. All I care about is basketball in November. Make it happen, someone.

Category: NBA

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2011 7:07 am

Battier: NBA can't go through what the NFL is

I somewhat agree with lee3022. It is documented that the nba has lose money especially non playoff teams, more likely due to ticket revenues, i for one agree on a hard cap. If this is a solution to not seeing players getting large contracts. Like in particular the case of a former Knicks player who was acquired from a team that was moved to another location. He has not played for that team and retired a very rich man. There are a lot of bad contracts that teams are into and more often than not because of the loose rules about it. But now even if David Stern has avoided a lockout for years now. This is somewhat inevitable due to the fact team owners are saying that they are not profitting which i think is not true. But as the players will most likely want a higher pay i guess it will be bad for the owners also. Which will most likely means long trials and no season. Frankly if i were to vote i think Shane Battier looks like a person who has a level head than the current player's president.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2011 3:11 am

NBA must become more like the NFL

Now that we know that the league has lost money every year under the expired CBA ($1.8B in losses) wew understand that a radical reduction in player salaries needs to be made. The players' union long lied about the numbers and has now been exposed. The idea that owners are in business to lose money is so wrong it does not belong in a free society. Communism, perhaps. Free society, not even.

There's talk of hardlining this thing and an entire season being wiped out. That would seriously be about the dumbest thing ever. Monumentally stupid.
Actually, Matt, the dumbest thing is to think a compromise will get this new CBA done. The owners have already offered a guarantee of $2B which means nobody needs to take a pay cut. That would continue to provide owners' losses in the first five years but with the prospects of profits in the second 5 years. That offer is likely off the table now and the parameters of the new CBA has to bring BRI share down to 50% and institute a flex or hard cap. Failure means a long lockout so the dumbest thing is to ignore the numbers, The monumentally stupid thing is for the players to continue to lie and to refuse to face reality.

The NFL is said to be on the verge of completing a new CBA reducing the player percentage from 57% to 48%. The NFL has a hard cap. The NFL does not guarantee contracts. The NFL is doing the right thing. Now. can the NBA become more like the NFL? Only time and the players will tell.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 7, 2011 3:22 pm
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