This was written by Jared Sternberg, sitting in for his dad.
I've been a basketball fan almost my whole life. I love watching NBA games on television, I love playing basketball in the park and on my school and rec league teams, and I love playing NBA Live and 2K11 on my PS3. I also love wearing my NBA (Boston Celtics) and NCAA (UConn) gear.
I was born in 1999, which my dad tells me was a year after the last NBA lockout. My dad also said (and I looked it up on Google) that it took the NBA 5 or 6 years to recover.
I really don't know all the issues involved but I want my NBA. The past few seasons have been great. I'm a hardcore fan, but even my dad, who is just a casual fan, was into the playoffs this year. While I was rooting for the Celtics he was rooting against LeBron and the Heat. During the finals we were both rooting for Dallas. Even my mom, who never watches basketball, was watching the finals.
My parents are more NFL fans than anything else and are really happy the football lockout is over. I like football too, but basketball is my game. Why can't this lockout be over before the season too?
I did a Google search to see what the arguments are about. All I could come up with are these.
The owners say that 22 of the 30 teams are losing money. I don't get that. When my dad was at Magna, he used to write a big TV Sports report every year and it showed that the current TV deals with TNT, ESPN, and ABC bring in about $950 million a year for the NBA.
The owners want a salary cap, the players say no way. I think that means the owners don't want to pay too much to the players.
I couldn't find anything that said what the players were demanding. It sounds like they just want to take stuff away so they all make money. So I can kind of understand that.
What will happen if the season is late or canceled. I hate to say it but I'll be back and just as into it as before. But my mom and dad probably won't be as interested anymore. That means the NBA might lose some casual fans who were really involved this season. Won't ticket sales and ratings go down?
I don't care about all that. I just want the games to start on time. I can't wait to watch Charles Barkley and Shaq together on TNT talking about basketball, and the Celtics rule the NBA again.