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Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Posted on: October 26, 2011 3:35 am
Edited on: October 26, 2011 3:39 am
Posted by Ben Golliver


The Commander-in-chief wants his hoops, and he's starting to get nervous that he might not get them this season.

Appearing on the Tonight Show with host Jay Leno in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, United States President Barack Obama answered questions about Muammar Gaddafi, ending the Iraq War and Occupy Wall Street, but he also took a moment to let the national television audience know that he believes it is high time the NBA and its players reach an agreement to end the ongoing lockout.

Obama called the league's current labor impasse "heartbreaking" -- the same word he recently used in Florida shortly after the NBA cancelled the first two weeks of its regular season -- and suggested that the NBA's players and owners turn to the National Football League, who reached its own new labor deal in time to save the 2011-2012 season, for guidance.

"If you look at the NFL, they were able to settle theirs," Obama said. "I think they understood: 'Players we're making millions of dollars, owners some of us are worth billions of dollars, we should be able to figure out how to split a nine billion dollar pot so that our fans, who are allowing us to make all of this money, can actually have a good season.' I think the owners and the basketball players need to think the same way."

Leno then asked if Obama, a noted basketball aficonado, was worried that the entire season might be lost.

"I'm concerned about it," the President admitted. "They need to just remind themselves that the reason they are so successful is because a whole bunch of folks out there love basketball. Basketball has actually done well, but these kinds of lockouts, a lot of times it takes a long time to recover."

NBA labor talks broke down on Thursday, but representatives from the league and the National Basketball Players Association are expected to resume negotiations in small groups on Wednesday in New York City.

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Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:50 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

I would imagine if he had any solutions to the problems in Washington he wouldn't have time to fly around the country collecting money and talking about the NBA lockout.....maybe this is a problem he has a grasp on?

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:15 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

oopppss typo, it should be "that he is" 

Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:13 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Just Obama out stumping for votes.  Next it will be Ellen and a vicious rumor is that the is auditioning for Suvivor, for he is on life support at this moment for a second term.

Since: Oct 3, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:32 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

And yet another reason Barrack is one and done.  An NBA failure and fold would be ideal for this country that values meaningless sh*t to the umpteenth degree.  This organization is corrupt, filled with punks and greedy, greedy owners who think just because they have a team they should be rolling in cash.  But the Pres even pretending to care is ridiculous and continues to show the lack of priorities, foresight and leadership in this country.  Hopefully Barrack and Dave "Crooked" Stern are unemployed at the same time.

Since: Apr 23, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:51 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

"Heartbreaking" is a word I would use to describe his leadership of the country. Hopefully, in 2012, the American people will elect somebody- anybody- other than this stooge. The sad thing is, America still has to suffer through another 14 months of his failed presidency. Heartbreaking indeed.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:47 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Yeah, we should let the government pass some laws to fix the NBA.  That'll do the trick.....NOT!

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 8:00 am

Barack Obama 'concerned' NBA could lose season

Obama appeared on the Tonight Show? Really??? Wow what a way to run a country.

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