Grossly overpaid NBA players locked out

NBA players receive obscene salaries and want more-lock ’em out

I have long thought that America’s “organized” athletes are far too organized, at least so far as the NBA’s outrageous salaries are concerned.  While I support public service unions I do not support unions for jocks.  They are paid millions and millions of dollars for playing a game, not saving a life or teaching children. When I think of the union busting that is going on in Wisconsin and other places, and the jobs being lost and salaries reduced for ordinary American people, I can’t help but express outrage at the salary and benefit packages of the NFL, NBA, and other sports disciplines, and that outrage extends to their Republican masters who don’t want them to pay their share of taxes.

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I find these high player salaries personally offensive and a slap in the face to hard working folk everywhere.  These ball bouncers, runners and hitters need to be paid a reasonable wage, in low five figures, if that, never in multiples of six.  The NBA and NFL salaries are obscene and the more they are paid the more the fan has to fork out to watch them sweat.

So, that being said, I have no sympathy whatsoever for the so called “athletes.”  I would be very happy if I never again had to put up with CBS delaying Sunday night programming for a football or basketball game.   Unfortunately CBS would air pigeon races if they thought it would put a buck in their corporate coffers.

American sports fans might need some new hobbies soon: The NBA now has a lockout, too, along with the NFL. Basketball owners locked out players today when the latest talks to reach a collective bargaining deal failed, reports AP. The current contract expires at midnight, and the two sides remain far apart on every major issue, including a salary cap and revenue sharing. (Assuming a deal is struck, Bleacher Report has a look at what teams need to do this summer to win a championship.)

Do we really need all of these corporate Jocks?  What do you think about the NBA lockout?

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5 Responses to Grossly overpaid NBA players locked out

  1. Joe Hagstrom

    June 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    You’re off base here MadMike. It’s the players, the superstars really, the fans are paying to see, not a rich owner.

    The players are the commodity and it’s in their best interests to get as much as they can in their limited lifespans as players.

    Plus, the NFL players so far, are setting an example of solidarity which all union members should heed.

    I don’t want labor in other field to not enjoy the benefits of a contract. And professional athletes are labor. I hope they all remember what Curt Flood and marvin Miller did for them. Their wages and perks are from hard fought negotiation. I have zero problem with the players.

    • A Michael J. Scott

      June 30, 2011 at 9:12 pm

      I don’t have anything against the players personally Joe, I just think they make far too much money for what they do, and the fans have to pay for that at the ticket gate.

      • Joe Hagstrom

        July 1, 2011 at 7:01 am

        The owners had to sign the contracts. Nobody is holding a gun to anyone’s head making them go to a game.

        Michael Jordan, Albert Pujols, Joe DiMaggio, Babe Ruth etc. Those guys are or worth everything they could get.

  2. Mike Golch

    June 30, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    Hell why we are at it let’s do the same to the over paid football and baseball players as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. lazersedge

    July 2, 2011 at 6:47 am

    There is a certain amount of fairness to value to be considered in professional sports, that I will grant anyone. However, when we look at the overall grand scheme of the overall picture of professional sports it is completely out of sync with the real world. Professional athletes as a whole have shorter careers than does the average American so somewhat higher salaries are to be expected and are right. However, in the interest of everyone, including the owners and players making more than a reasonable amount of money for the time, effort, investment and durability the pay for players, owners, and their organizations are obscene. They totally skew the proportionality of their worth to society. Their professions could disappear tomorrow and society would continue to move forward. On the other hand positions such as teachers, police officers, public workers, and tradesmen, are left behind despite the fact that none of these people would exist with out them. There is definitely an imbalance in how the everyday citizen very the priority of society.