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NY senator organizing 'Occupy the NBA' movement

Posted on: November 23, 2011 7:13 pm
Posted by Royce Young

It's kind of amazing it took this long. But now, some 140 days into the lockout, one New York state senator is organzing "Occupy the NBA."

Via the NY Daily News, Sen. Malcolm A. Smith is putting together what he calls a "national movement" to protest the NBA's work stoppage along with restaraunt owners, season ticket holders, arena workers and disgruntled basketball fans in general.

And if David Stern and Billy Hunter don’t settle their differences in the next four weeks, Smith said the protest will move across the country in “A Day of Solidarity” on Dec. 11. Smith said he has contacted officials in Chicago and Los Angeles who are willing to organize similar protests in front of their respective NBA arena.

Smith said he reached out to other community leaders — including the Rev. Al Sharpton — after hearing complaints from constituents who “sell T-shirts, park cars or work in the restaurant.” At a press conference last week, the United Restaurant and Tavern Owners Association estimated bar receipts were down about 30% from last year since July — although regular-season games weren’t supposed to start until November.

Yeah, this is totally going to work. But that's probably not the intention. Like the Occupy Wall Street movement, it's more about message than results. (At least that's what I think the point is.) Obviously the overall goal would be for the lockout to end, but Smith is trying to take up the baton for the forgotten of this lockout -- the bar owners, restaraunt owners, t-shirt stand guys, the parking lot attendants. They haven't had a voice during these past few months so Smith is going to try and give them one. A noble effort, I say.

“What you’re really talking about is a number of people on the low end of the totem pole who need their jobs to allow them to continue to keep their families alive and moving forward,” Smith told the Daily News. “If you don’t want to settle it, we have season-ticket holders who want back their money. You have it, give it back. Stop bickering about the millions of dollars that you guys already make. And think about the little person.

“We will definitely be expecting a response from (commissioner Stern and union president Derek Fisher),” Smith said. “If you need me, I’ll sit down and help you negotiate the deal if you have to.”

One thing Smith is pushing for? Refunds on all season tickets whether or not games are played. The NBA has already promised full refunds on purchased tickets for canceled games, but Smith wants the league to pay out for games even if they're played.

Yeah, good luck with that.
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Since: May 20, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 10:29 pm

NY senator organizing 'Occupy the NBA' movement

At first I thought that perhaps Malcom Smith actually gave a crap about the restaurant workers, parking lot attendants, t-shirt vendors, and other workers and small business owners affected by the lockout. Of course, one always has to be skeptical whenever a politician opens their pie hole. Smith did not disappoint. His stance that the owners should refund all season tickets whether or not the games are played confirms that he is playing to the media and recognizes a popular position when he sees one. On what basis could anyone possibly suggest that 100% of season ticket revenue be refunded. 

He expects a response from Stern and Fisher?  How about this for a response:  Go to Hell you bloodsucking leach. Who the hell does this guy think he is. He is a two bit state senator from New York trying to make a name for himself. Just what this mess needs, another self serving jackass.  

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Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:00 pm

NY senator organizing 'Occupy the NBA' movement

I am sure the Senator from New York would have more to do than form an organization to protest the NBA lockout or whatever they call it. This appear to be a political scheme or a future election. He can come out and say I was at the forefront in the effort to assist the restruant owners and fans.

But what can you do when you have ran this type idea by the right Ref Al Sharpton, and he is onboard with the idea. Now all both of you have to do is make sure the photographers are there to roll the cameras.

I agree in principal with the senator from New York idea. I think the fans ought to boycott at least one game per month of each game played ddin their city and continue for the rest of the season or next season.

It would be a boycott of games played in Los Angeles on one night, games played in Atlanta the following week, Philly a couple of days later. Do this each month/


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Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:09 pm
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