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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.
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?