I’m looking forward to the prospect of not having the NBA, but, there are a few downsides to not having it next year.
- It would allow more time for those big-headed NBA ‘stars’ to get even more big-headed. Without practice and games, I fail to see how these NBA players will stay (or become) humble during the lockout, because, unless they go and play internationally, they won’t be up against new and other highly-skilled players.
Another reason for the lockout not to ensue, a reason the goes above and beyond the world of basketball. Also, when talking about the lockout, I have not heard this side of it mentioned. The economy. (Maybe) not having the NBA this next year will impact the economy, to the extinct is not currently known.
Ways that the lockout will impact the economy:
- People travel to see their favorite teams. I’ve traveled to see my Winterhawks play in the play-offs and they’re not even professionals. I can only imagine how much those fans travel! That not only affects the choice of travel, but, hotels, restaurants, and other tourist attractions in the area.
- When people go to sports games, they sometimes buy concessions and things from the team store. I don’t know how much things cost at the Blazers team store, but, at the Winterhawks team store, things go from twenty-five bucks from a T-shirt (plus twelve extra dollars for a player’s name and jersey number on it) to around a hundred and seventy-five bucks for a jersey, and at the Winterhawks games, over half of the crowd has jerseys! That’s not including concessions, which cost an arm and a leg!
- Ticket sales. That’s a good chunk of money right there. Cheap seats being ten-twenty dollars, plus, fees. Then, the more expensive tickets being however much they are. Times that by around twenty thousand and that equals a whole lot of money.
- Parking. I don’t know how much it costs to park inside of a parking garage, and my mom and I don’t even park in the garage and I’m not the one paying when we do.
- Finally, besides those players who are playing internationally, the players will be living on a tighter budget, as they will not be making any more money this year. Living on a stricter budget means not spending as much, which does not help out the economy.
And, there folks, is why basketball should go on next year. The country would be better off.
Let me just start off by saying that I am not a NBA fan. I used to be a fan of basketball, but, in the past few years and since I’ve become a fan of hockey, my liking the sport has just sort of stopped.
So, with the work stoppage going on, I know a lot of people are upset by it, but, I’m not. I can live without basketball. Here’s why:
It’s likely that fans of the Trail Blazers will be looking for something do during the lockout. You know, there’s a talented (as much as the Blazers, maybe even more, but, I’m biased) hockey team called the Portland Winterhawks (Last year, they scored five goals in a minute and fifty-nine seconds in Spokane, who had a good year last year, too, and two blow-out wins: 8-2 against Tri-cities (http://winterhawks.com/video/index– on February 5th), and 9-1 versus Seattle)
- maybe the Oregonian and other newspapers will feature something other than the blazers on the front page of the sports section.
- maybe the sports TV/radio broadcasters will talk about something other than the Blazers, you know, like the Winterhawks (who made it to their league finals last year, and will look to go to the Memorial Cup, the Stanley Cup of Canadian Major junior Hockey)
- We won’t have to deal with the crazy antics that the giant ego-ed basketball players (Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few) seem to bestow, or the things that they would have said (Lebron)
- Along with more fans paying attention to hockey, equals a boost in TV ratings. For instance, the Stanley Cup finals last year were apparently just as interesting as the NBA Finals (I don’t know, I didn’t watch the latter.) Guess which one got move views in the U.S.?
I know of a lot of people who will be disappointed if the NBA looses it’s season due to the lockout. I’m glad that I was not a hockey fan when the NHL had it’s lockout, even though only the NHL was locked out. I don’t know how I would have lived through it.
Part two is coming tomorrow, don’t worry basketball fans, it will be arguing the downside of the lockout.