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President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:52 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 10:06 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverbarack-obama-jacket

Ask not what your country can do for the NBA. Seriously. Because it plans to do nothing.

United States President Barack Obama has said recently that the ongoing NBA lockout has left him "heartbroken" and that he is "concerned" that the league will lose the entire 2011-2012 season. Nevertheless, he does not plan to help the league's owners and players reach a compromise in their current labor struggle.

The New York Times reports that Obama, speaking from a high-profile college basketball game on Friday, says that he is staying out of it.
Asked about the impasse between the NBA owners and players, Mr. Obama quipped, “It’s killing me.” But he said, “I’m not going to intercede. I’ve got some bigger fish to fry.”

“In a contest between billionaires and millionaires,” Mr. Obama said, “they should be able to figure out how to divvy up their profits in a way that serves their fans, who are allowing them to be making all this money — not to mention all the folks who work in the concession stands and in the parking lots of facilities all across the country.”
Aside from his fish frying point -- and there's no question that there are more important issues than professional basketball facing the world today -- entering the lockout morass represents a lose/lose/lose situation for Obama.

If he's been following the day-by-day non-progress carefully, he realizes that he would be dealing with two sides that are fairly well dug in and dead set on their visions of the sport's economics. Crafting a miracle compromise is unlikely. Guess who takes the blame if there's a lost season in that situation? Not the players, not the owners, not even NBA commissioner David Stern. Obama does. The buck always stops there.

But let's say there is a deal. However it's crafted, there are bound to be winners and losers. In all likelihood, the owners will be winners and the players, already having promised billions in concessions, will be losers. Obama, the people's champion, would then open himself up to criticism that he co-signed a new collective bargaining agreement that favored big money interests and not the common man. He does have a presidential re-election campaign to run after all.  

Lastly, entering the NBA mess would take real commitments of time and, likely, money. Given his reputation as a well-known hoops head, critics would jump at the opportunity to say that Obama is putting basketball ahead of (pick your favorite issue out of a list of thousands that people passionately care about). A President, of course, must appear to be of, by and for the people, not just himself or his friends.

Put it all together and Obama is damned if he tries, damned if he succeeds and damned if he fails. As Commander in Chief, he has the luxury of picking his battles. It makes sense that he would run from this one.
Comments

Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:13 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Boy I was really hopin barry would get involved seeing as how well he has done with the rest of the country---Amazing--




Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 14, 2011 2:49 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

I've been guilty of making snide remarks about the intelligence of players who haven't had enough interest to (or can't) read the proposal they are supposed to vote on, and the NBPA reps "pimping" for the special interests of the few, instead of the larger majority they are supposed to be representing...and how ignorant someone would have to be to demand more money than is available to be paid....and just realized ALL that perfectly describes both houses of Congress and the White House, too.

Maybe these guys should leave the NBA and run for office.

On a personal note, I haven't been saving the world (not aware the NBA was either)... I've just been paying increased taxes and insurance premiums, and employing people doing same, while carrying an increasing number of people who don't, and feeling less generous about people that always seem to run out of other people's money before "solving" problems they seem to only make worse.




Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:53 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Yeah like baseball ain't paying there players a lot of money to stando out in the hot sun kickin the grass and catching and occassional fly ball...I guess you would rather the money go to the toothless hockey players..or the fat overweight golfers,  no i know, the PBA .....hahahahahaha
NASCAR? yeah thats exciting watching cars go roundy roundy and then BOOM...a driver get killed.....tell me what sport do yuo want the money to go to... 
Oh I knw you must be one of those Paterno wanna bes.. Yu want more oney to go to an instituion so that they can continue molesting children... 



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: November 14, 2011 12:47 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Redsfan....STFU...what have you done for this country nothing...You seem to be jealous that you are only 5'2" in both directions and can't jump high enough to get your BUD for the topshelf...
I have not seen any republican politician come up with aplan to help  the economy...All they want to do is nothing hoping that the country will go bankrupt an then Blame Obama...
Obama is doing the right thing what are the stupid rebulican candidates doing other than committing sexual harrasssment and can't remember what their platform is...
Not every team lost money you idiot...you watch and put money in these dope smokin, u-tube watchin players hands, so stop b--tchin Bitch...

Can't stand a dumb=A$$, you can't een balance your own damn check book....so again STFU....    



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2011 11:49 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

wrote:

Ohhhhhhhhhh Kayyyyy.

And why would he? Doesn't he have other things to worry about?
Exactly!!

This isn't a sports story.  It'd be the same as running a story titled, "Wilt Chamberlain doesn't come back from the dead, won't mediate NBA lockout".  Obama has no pull on either group, and no special relationship with any important party in the dispute.  He just think the whole thing sucks, just like any fan does.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:36 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

He is not gonna address it, because those corrupt bankers you speak of are the same ones who put Obama into office.  Look where his campaign money comes from. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 9:31 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Nevertheless, he does not plan to help the league's owners and players reach a compromise in their current labor struggle.


Ohhhhhhhhhh Kayyyyy.

And why would he? Doesn't he have other things to worry about?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 2:39 pm
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Hold on a minute, the NBA did NOT LOSE $300 million. They know where it, just like we all do, it's in the players and owners pockets. Don't let 'em fool you.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:52 am
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

What "profits" ? The NBA lost $300 million last year. Obama is a joke...It's good he's staying out of the NBA problems...his answer would be to print $300 BILLION more money and give it to players that want to sit home smoking dope and watching U-tube, take out a $500 Billion loan with China, put a 50% tax on tickets, and give $300 Million in basketball development aid to an OPEC country.

Besides, he's busy running for re-election, signing executive orders and politely asking the Pakistani's not to burn our embassy down anymore. 




Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: November 13, 2011 10:16 am
 

President Obama 'won't intercede' in NBA lockout

Obama is a big flat 0'fer in fixing things. What makes him think he could fix the NBA lockout??? I think the amount of money that athletes make is far beyond what they're worth. Now that I think of it....Obama makes more than he's worth as well! Maybe he would make a good arbitrator with the lockout! All I know is that I haven't met anyone that is bothered by the fact that the NBA season is probably not going to happen. 


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