About this lockout…

Usually this time of year NBA teams are engaged in a heated recruiting process over the top free agents of the summer. Last year was historic, with LeBron James turning the sports world (along with his own personal life) upside down with his TV special, “The Decision.” Now, only one year later the NBA is in a full-fledged lockout, basketball is nowhere to be seen and worst of all, nobody has any idea when the 2011-12 season will get underway. Basically, this sucks.

I’ll admit right off the bat, I’m not really a numbers/business/lockout type of guy. I watch sports because I like competition, athleticism, passion, etc. I don’t watch sports to hear Tom Penn monotonously break down why a bunch of millionaires can’t pull their heads out of their asses and sacrifice a few extra dollars so that one of the highest grossing organizations in the world can continue to operate. Quite frankly, I just don’t get it. Yeah, I understand what everyone’s arguing over, but does it really have to take that long to figure this thing out? You know that eventually this problem will be solved; the NBA isn’t just going to disappear, so why delay the inevitable? In the end life carries on, money is still only a materialistic good and basketball will be played. Just get it done for crying out loud!

Unfortunately for Roundball, this has kind of foiled our momentum coming off such an exciting season and promising draft. We’re ready to get into free agency, trades, re-signings, etc., but until the lockout concludes we’re a bit stuck. Naturally, we’ll still be on top of any breaking news or important issues regarding the Nuggets (such as a franchise player demanding a trade) and we’re going to continue forth with our “Should he stay or should he go” pieces as well as other feature stories, but I have to wonder how effective the material will be if the lockout is as serious as some are claiming. What happens if this thing really drags into 2012 or all the way to next summer? What are we supposed to do? I can only write so many extensively infatuated stories on Faried before the well runs dry!

So what I guess I’m trying to say is: Work with us. Obviously we’re going to try and keep Roundball firing on all cylinders, but I have a feeling it might get ugly. Occasionally we might reach for a story and attempt to dive into former Nugget, Anthony Carter’s top 10 worst passes of all time and how they’ve changed the lives of the fans who’ve unsuspectingly had their soda or popcorn explode all over their laps — but at least we’ll be keeping the investigative journalism side of things relevant. What we promise, is that Roundball will continue on, even if there is no Nuggets basketball to be played. So stay tuned as we’ll have some new stuff up shortly, and in the meantime, pray that at least the NFL lockout ends so that we’re not stuck with equestrian and curling.

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Kalen Deremo

Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.
  • Andrew

    I read an article not too long ago where the writer opined that the NFL lockout would end quickly but the NBA lockout could last half a season. The reason is that the NFL already does maximal revenue sharing (meaning pretty much every team is profitable with the humongous TV revenue) and has a pretty tight lid on salaries. The writer said that the NBA, on the other hand, shares less revenue than even MLB, so the big market teams do very well and many of the rest actually lose money or come pretty close to break even. So, the players want revenue sharing and a higher cap, the small market teams want revenue sharing and a lower cap, and the big market teams want no revenue sharing and a lower cap. That triangulation of the issues seems like a recipe for a drawn out battle.

    Thoughts?

    • Kalen

      I guess I have some. I need to read into this lockout a bit more and do some reporting on it. At Roundball, we pride ourselves in being a Nuggets website, and only a Nuggets website, but occasionally things like this derail us from our normal foundation. I’ll see if I can get something up here soon, so that you guys have something to read at least. But like I said, what happens if this thing carries into mid-2012 or even later? What are we supposed to do? Sucks… big time.

      • Andrew

        Well, here’s an about.com article that goes over some of the issues.

        http://basketball.about.com/od/nbateams/ss/Nba-Lockout-101-The-Issues-The-Arguments-And-The-Nbas-Uncertain-Future.htm

        It is all pretty confusing, but I am guessing that the lockout will end sometime after the start of the season but before the end of the year, with the following:

        1) teams agreeing to more (though not a ton more)revenue sharing (for the small market teams to compete better),
        2) players keeping the same percentage of revenue overall but agreeing to a harder cap with less exceptions and some sort of out for the owners to jettison bad contracts for less than the full amount owed to the player.

        They could do it now, but there is just too much posturing going on.

        Interesting comment I read in another article that NFL style revenue sharing would not work in the NBA because there are too many games for a mega-FOX, ESPN deal to occur and that is why big market teams make so much more money (largely on local market tv deals).

        I think the NBA needs Larry Scott (PAC 12 Commish) working on this for them. They need a better tv deal. You would think they could work out some sort of scheduling arrangement amongst TNT, ESPN and NBAtv like: two and only two national games televised every night in back-to-back timee slots, so that every team gets on the air once a week nationally at the beginning of the season and then you filter down so the sucky teams don’t get so much towards the end. Create a set, reliable time each night, a buzz and a name for each game, highlighting why it is important to each team. All teams share in this mega-tv deal but then the big market teams keep their side deals with local tv for their games that are not televised as part of the big, national deal.

        I live in SoCal and seeing the Nuggets on t.v. around here is a relative rarity during the season unless they play the Lakers or happened to be playing in one of the few games highlighted. My way, I would get to see at least 1/3 of their games (assuming they stay in the playoff hunt) during the season on national television.

  • http://mugstats.com Ismael Rolando

    In the midst of our NBA Lockout some NBA and NFL players have cooperated to make this funny video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51rdAN0Y2xI