NBA & Union to Fans: “Go to Hell!”

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What does Jay think of the owners and players bargaining?

David Stern cancelled the first two weeks of the regular season today.  Why?  Well we’ve discussed why via several posts and an hour long podcast.  It doesn’t matter why anymore.  All that matters is that 30 owners and approximately 450 players are trying to figure out how to divide a pie with roughly 4,100,000,000 pieces (per Forbes).

Players, whose median salary is literally over 100 times that of the average American citizen, don’t want to give up a dime. Owners, who use publicly funded arenas to put on games featuring those very players to add to personal fortunes that dwarf the player salaries, make pretenses of creating a level playing field as an excuse to squeeze out a few more hundred million dollars for their coffers.

This piece of wisdom from Matt and Trey is really the only point left to make.

I’ve spent the last hour and half writing and re-writing endings for this post, trying to give tongue to the disgust I feel for how disconnected the owners and players are from the people who make their ways of life possible. It doesn’t matter. There’s nothing we can do. So I’ll just end with a quote that always makes me feel better when dealing with inequities.

Thulsa Doom states before the climactic battle in Conan the Barbarian, “They shall all drown in lakes of blood. Now they will know why they are afraid of the dark. Now they shall learn why they fear the night.”

Doesn’t that make you feel better? It’s like Hamlet’s conversation with the skull of Yorick, wherein we learn that worms eat kings and beggars both, except it’s better because James Earl Jones says it, and then Arnold chops his head off and bowls the head down a really huge stone staircase. Ahhhhh…. Feeling much better.

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6 Responses to “NBA & Union to Fans: “Go to Hell!””

  1. High Above Courtside Says:

    Reading List:

    “The Last Boy”
    “Trickle up Poverty”

    Entertainment:

    “The Flaming Lips” 10-24
    “Further” 11-4

  2. High Above Courtside Says:

    Looks like the Players Assoc. will be meeting in LA Friday

    • jpalumbo Says:

      Hopefully one of the players brings a calculator so they can all figure out how much money they are losing while they meet.

      Jason Palumbo

      Sent from my iPhone

  3. High Above Courtside Says:

    Let’s keep fingers crossed that Monday’s arbitration will result in progress.

  4. High Above Courtside Says:

    Sorry, it will be mediation not arbitration on Monday

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