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The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Posted on: October 14, 2011 8:56 am
OPENING HIT: When the NFL was going through its ugly lockout, no one said this publicly, but plenty of people throughout the sport said it privately: they'll come back.

The "they" meaning you. The fans. If it were possible, people would take the NFL and inject it directly into the body. We're all addicted. We can't take out eyes off of it. And football knew this. They knew the fans would come back. Not only did fans return to football the sport is perhaps more popular than its ever been.

If the NBA thinks this will happen, the league couldn't be more wrong. Only one sport -- the NFL -- can get away with being that arrogant. A significant work stoppage in basketball will cripple the sport because fan allegiance isn't as strong.

I might be wrong but based on everything I'm reading and hearing it seems both sides aren't posturing and are ready to miss significant games. I never got that feeling while covering the NFL's labor mess. I also never got the feeling fans would abandon football despite the big talk from some of you. And I was right. You're back, needle in one hand, remote in the other.

The NBA? That will be different. If the league continues this course fans will leave and they may not come back.
Category: NFL
Tags: NBA, NFL
Since: Feb 7, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:41 pm
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Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 11:28 am

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Will anyone notice if the NBA goes MIA?<br /> 

Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2011 8:07 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

"needle in one hand ... "

One of the poorest, if not the very poorest, comments I've ever read on CBSSportsline and I'm not only surprised but VERY disappointed the comment was ever allowed.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:45 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

I Like Canadian people AND your avatar too much to really disagree ... I was simply pointing out Freeman's overuse of hyperbole.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: October 15, 2011 4:19 am

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Actually, I've barely watched the NFL this season, and with the Cardinals at 1-4, I don't see much reason to watch the rest of the season either. My interest in the NFL continues to wane, and the Cardinals are seriously about one more idiotic move away from slipping to third in my sports hiearchy behind the Seattle Sounders and well behind the Ottawa Senators. Through five weeks, I think what I've watched would add up to one game.

As for your other point, it seems to make sense, but it actually might not. The NFL isn't the only sport that can come out of a lockout and be just fine. The NHL already proved otherwise when it lost an entire season and everyone said it was sure to be the death of the league.

What happened? The fans came back. Not only did fans return to hockey, new fans came with them and the sport is unquestionably more popular than it has ever been. The NBA has to have seen that and thought that if the NHL can do that, why can't they? It is a fairly reasonable question to ask.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 9:45 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

The needle in one hand comment is really unnecessary.
 What was "unnecessary about that comment? Did it offend you somehow? He was saying the NFL is an American addiction, get the connection?

Since: Oct 14, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 6:02 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

If you're tired of athletes making (and caring about making) big money....stop watching. I'd prefer that the NBA haters stop talking about how they don't watch the NBA.

College Hoops is hardly interesting. It's more fabricated intensity with it's ladies 3 point line, 2 halves, and silly zone's more of a shuttle run competition that goes to the fastest team that can best complete layups. All this accompanied by fans in matching shirts and annoying bands. 

And what does finishing college have to do with anything. College Hoops is a minor league NBA. I'm pretty sure anyone can attend and complete college at any point in their life if that's what they want to do.

I say pay them more, they're on TV. If you're franchise can't make money, let it fold.

The league won't falter. The NBA has plenty of fans. They just aren't big ten grads that wear frayed jeans and north face that are obessed with lame college sports that make massive dollars for coaches, universities, and TV netorks.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 4:24 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Although I grew up a Knicks fan and followed that team closely thru their gritty '94 Finals loss to Houston, it's been downhill from there (culminating with the Isaiah Thomas debacle), and although I appreciate the talent of guys like Kobe, Durant, Tim Duncan, etc, I haven't cared about the NBA and its entitled, pampered, gun-toting knuckleheads since Latrell Sprewell snubbed $21Mn over 3 yrs from Minnesota - saying he was "insulted" and "had a family to feed" (P.S. he never played in the NBA again).

College Hoops is still more interesting to watch - and maybe with a year off, NBA players will start to realize that, without pro hoops, they'd probably be bagging groceries (especially since the best ones never even finish college anymore!).  Yell

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 3:52 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Who cares about the NBA, have not watch a game since the laker were in minneapolis I hope the big babies miss the whole season. Mike  i bet you think your boss does not pay you enough, guess again your over paid.  Smile

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:40 pm

The Daily Shoutout: The NBA is kidding itself

Too bad the WNBA is done for the year - they could take up the slack left by these multi-millionaire babies whining about...whatever it is they're whining about.

Let them all go play overseas.

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