Blog Entry

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:18 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 1:51 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliver

nba-let-us-play

With labor negotiations continuing and the possibility that the NBA cancels the first two weeks of its 2011-2012 regular season on Monday, National Basketball Players Association president Derek Fisher called on his union's members to show their solidarity and to appeal to public sentiment by launching a campaign on Twitter.

Fisher explained the concept in a letter to all players that was obtained by SI.com.
Chris Paul and I will also be utilizing our personal social networking channels to show the fans and you all, that we are united and want to get back to work under a fair deal. On Monday, Chris and I will tweet and post "LET US PLAY." This was used by the NFL players and many will be joining us on Monday and retweeting the same message to show their support for our players. I will also be using the hash tag #StandUnited after all my messages until this lockout is over. We invite you each to do the same. To show our unity and to remind the fans that this is not our choice and we would like to go back to work and play the game they love to support.
Within hours, the message had been tweeted out by Fisher, Paul, Miami Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, Heat All-Star forward LeBron James, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Kevin Durant. Among the many other NBA players to participate: Jarrett Jack, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Marquis Daniels, Eric Maynor, Devin Ebanks, Nazr Mohammed, Serge Ibaka, and Anthony Tolliver.

By early Monday afternoon, the phrase "LET US PLAY" was trending nationally in the United States on the social networking site.

Many players also posted messages pointing out that the NBA's current labor impasse is the result of a lockout by the league's owners rather than a strike by the league's players.

Back in January, the National Football Players Association launched a similar campaign in the midst of their labor negotiations with the NFL.
Comments

Since: Dec 11, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 4:00 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

the league sould then launch something THEN CUT YOUR PAY lol



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:47 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

They can start playing in two weeks, just agree to a 50 - 50 split of BRI.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:15 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

"Let us Play"


LOL......  Bunch of crybaby bitches......  We can't decide how to "share" revenue?!  Call us when there is a real crisis.

I wish that the biggest problem in my life was deciding how to split up 80 Million dollars.......  My wife and I fight over the $7.50 left in our checking account after the bills are paid each month.....  I hope you don't play, go overseas(Stink it up like Deron Williams) and we watch the NBA fold like a lawn chair.



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:12 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

More like "Let us get paid" campaigne. These spoiled brats are gonna go belly up when their lavish spending is not supported by huge NBA contracts. I won`t miss it, haven`t watched in years and hope they are replaced by MMA or some other abomination. Good riddance you bum$!!!!



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: October 10, 2011 3:01 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

NBA is dead!!!!!!!! get over it!



Since: Sep 21, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:51 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Let's see how both the owners and players feel when thousands of people decide NOT to purchase tickets, merchandise, etc. this season.  Some were already probably making this choice due to the economy, but I bet that thousands of other fans will not buy tickets because of the greed of both (kind of like the protests on wall street lately).  Good luck next year NBA. 



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:39 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Owners should tweet 50/50 split.  Or you dont get paid S#!+. 



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:37 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

It will be interesting to see how the public reacts to this over the next few days. The initial reaction will no doubt be one of support for the players. However, I think the players association may end up pulling a Plaxico Burress (c'mon Plax, it's been long enough), because I don't see a lot of the general public giving them sympathy at this point in the discussions. As a fan of the NBA, I'm growing frustrated with both sides as I see them get closer to an agreement, but both dig their heels in the sand just a few inches apart from each other. I understand that there is a lot more to the negotiations than the financial difference between 3%, but I don't see the US general public supporting the players association if this thing drags out. Maybe I'm wrong, but as I pick up some overtime shifts to make sure my bills are paid this fall, it's tough to sympathize with those involved in a billion dollar industry. Just work it out guys, I wanna watch some ball this winter.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:24 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

Its easy sign the contract,,just sign on the dotted line.You've done it before to get the millions in your paycheck, so whats the probelm now... writers cramp from all that inflatable ball bouncing....tweet tweet....



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:22 pm
 

NBPA launches 'Let us play' Twitter campaign

These guys are getting paid millions of dollars to play a game in a terrible economy while most people are working to live week to week or are unable to find jobs,
SHUT UP AND PLAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com