As if Sports Center wasn't tough enough to watch in summertime when all sports are over accept Baseball, Golf, Tennis, Racing and Professional Underwater Basket Weaving (completely made that up.) Now it's just flat out painful because you often get the sense that there will be football but the quality will be effected... and of course I'm convinced that there will be no basketball this fall. I tried to think of what labor situation was more frustrating to hear about. The NFL or The NBA.
We've talked about the NFL about a thousand times over the last 100 and some odd days and I think we all get the main points that the owners and players are making. When your profiting 9.3 billion dollars a year; the average Joe would think it's much easier to divide up then it appears. I think the majority of us have also thought that we could probably sit down at a restaurant with Jeff Saturday and get it done on a cocktail napkin. At the end of the day; two parties worked together and the end result was a 9.3 billion dollar profit and if I think about it; I would want my fair piece just like everyone else would. I'm a salesman and if I were to make a ton of money for my company and I wasn't properly compensated for it, I would be pissed.
I guess to sum it all up; I'm on both peoples side and I'm not on either side if that makes any sense what so ever.
The NBA is a different story. I am 100% on the owners side in virtually every aspect. 22 of 30 teams lost money last year. Any idea why? Because they are the 22 teams that don't matter. I'm a diehard Pistons fan just like I am a Die Hard Lions fan and the only difference between the two is that I care if the Lions play this year... and I seriously could care less if the NBA does or not.
When the NFL is in season, everything under the sun matters and it all gets talked about and the hype surrounding just one single game is incredible. The hype surrounding multiple games between Superbowl contenders is even more in incredible. My Sunday ritual usually consists of watching the Lions at 1pm then flipping over to the Redzone channel because it’s the easiest way to watch all the games at once. Then the Sunday night game after I get a quick nap in. That a Great Day!
However in the NBA last year... I can't recall one game that stuck out to me as intriguing. You know why? Because the only things that were talked about last year is whether or not the Nugget's are going to grant that piece of $*** Carmello's Anthony's request to trade him to New York. And if they didn't trade him, you could guarantee that he will be leaving anyway. This guy didn't just say "Trade Me." He said "Trade me to the Knicks." That in a nutshell is what the NBA is. Players having the ability to hold their teams ransom for an entire year... even two years now! It makes me sick to my stomach when I hear Piston's fan's complain about how we could have drafted him. Oh and there was LeBron too... don't even get me started.
I know this is POD and were supposed to talk about football related stuff but let’s be honest with each other. There’s nothing to talk about right now, and I think it’s safe to say that fans in general should be pretty frustrated by now considering The Greed of 2 Leagues has produced 2 Lockouts in 1 summer.
For the NFL... A deal getting done will feel like Christmas morning to me. Because the Lions are about 2-3 FA's signings away from being the team that we have been hoping for since as long as I can remember.
For the NBA... Stay locked out and set a record for all I care because unless you are New York, Miami, Los Angeles or Chicago; it just doesn't really matter.