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Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start

Posted on: October 25, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: October 25, 2011 2:11 pm
By Matt Moore

You can't make a golden omelette without breaking a few eggs that just want to do their jobs and have nothing to do with your cooking.

The NBA obviously is in a bit of a bind with the lockout putting a clamp down on revenues since it's a sports league that doesn't actually have a sport. And on the whole, the league and its teams are managing the downturn in creative ways. For instance, not only are they not paying the players, they're also laying off lots and lots of people. From Sports Business Journal:  
The NBA has lost about 400 jobs as part of the collateral damage inflicted on the league and its teams during the four-month-old lockout.The job losses are estimated to number roughly 200 at the NBA’s headquarters and its international offices and about 200 across its 30 teams since last season and over the course of the lockout, said a source familiar with the league’s business dealings.
via SBJ: NBA job losses near 400 since end of season - NBA - Sporting News.

The NBA has said that most of its layoffs were not tied to the lockout, that they simply were part of a cost-saving initiative. Here's the bind. It's hard to criticize the NBA for implementing the lockout as the only viable way to cut down on costs, and then criticize them for layoffs which is another way to cut down on costs.

If the league wanted to shift the perception of victimizing labor in multiple spots, they should release a review of the other ways they've saved costs. The NBA operates in a luxury industry. As such, they've historically been generous on spending regarding meals, perks, and intiatives. The league reference in its initial release regarding the layoffs this summer that they had cut back on travel, technology, and media assets. Providing examples that those various expenses have also been curtailed would paint a more complete picture. Because the image that's been painted publicly is just that the owners think the only way to get their finances in order is to either sacrifice the game through a lockout or fire people.

And that doesn't help with the whole "cold-hearted, blood-sucking corporate monster" thing, which isn't accurate. All employers go through cutbacks in personnel, especially in this economy. You can argue that with things like a $930 million media deal and the other assorted revenue streams, they shouldn't have to enact such measures, or that if they ran their teams better, they would be more popular and drive more revenue (which are decisions from the top-down), but there's a line to walk in regards to the reality of the situation.

That will likely be of no comfort to the 400 people who have found themselves out of work in such an opulent industry.

Since: Sep 22, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:53 pm

Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start


Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 12:23 pm

Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start

How about these players who play for years. Make millions, and then 4 years later go bankrupt and are in the poor house. These guys need more money because they have non left over after buying 7 Ferrari's 5 Houses and 3 Boats. It is both sides of the fense here. The NBA makes a gazillion dollars a year, and they are trying to cut costs because some small market teams dont have the capability to stay pay good players. It is more like the greedy owners dont want to pay. They don't realize you have to spend money to make money. Look at Oklahoma City. They are a small market team with good, high paid players who make them a ton of money, selling seats, jerseys etc. If you have good guys and let them go, you will never compete. The NBA is a minefield of greed. It is far from David Sterns doing, whether he is a scumbag or not. 

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:56 am

Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start

The media deal doesn't work if there is no NBA for the media to cover, is there ?

Stern has made mistakes- everyone does....but his job is really unmanageable...he has a group of spendaholic billionaires on one side losing $300 million a year, and on the other, he has a players union that got paid almost $2 billion last year, has an average IQ of around 100, and refuse to go back to work unless they get more money.

What is he supposed to do ? Print new money ? Ask the Government to bail the NBA out ? If he's harsh, he's a dictator and if he's diplomatic, he's a beaurocrat. 

The commissioner of the NBA needs to be a politician, financial analyst, marketing guru, and prison warden all rolled up into one person. Good luck finding someone for that job.  

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:17 am

Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start

David Stern is a scumbag. How come nobody sees this? How come NOBODY calls this guy out? Two work stoppages on his watch as Commissioner. What a loser scumbag who deserves the dirt nap. Get in that pine box Dave and none of us will mind. Drop dead!

Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 10:55 am

Report: NBA has laid off 400 since lockout start

These are the people that are being forgotten through all of this. I don't feel a bit sorry for the athletes or the owners, but the people who work for the teams, the ticket office, the concession workers, the people making 20-30 grand a year are losing their jobs because Kobe and Jerry Buss can't agree to split a billion dollars. Why doesn't Stern take some of that salary he earns to cover the costs of these laid off people until they can all stop pissing around.

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