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Old 02-10-2010, 10:41 AM   #1
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Veterans Bracing For Lockout, Telling Other Players To Save Money


Six players who were in the NBA during the previous lockout were asked by Fanhouse their opinion on whether they are expecting another one for the 2011-12 season.

Brad Miller, Steve Nash, Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups believe there most likely will be a lockout in 2011.

"It's very, very possible there's going to be a lockout,'' said Billups. "The only thing I tell guys is, 'Save your money so you'll be able to withstand however long it is.'''

However, due to the faltering economy, Hill sees the owners being even more unified than they were during the previous work stoppage.

"From everything I've been hearing from the players association, it looks like there's a pretty good chance (another lockout) will happen,'' said Hill, a five-year man during the last one. "Looking at the owners' standpoint, I think the difference between now and then is the economy is a lot worse. We were in the booming '90s then and now most of the owners' primary source of income isn't doing quite so well... So I think as unified as the owners were then in terms of holding out until they got what they wanted, it potentially could be worse.''

While the owners look to be more unified, Hill wondered if the same can be said about the players. One of the player victories in 1998-99 was gaining the mid-level exception, which resulted in a good number of veterans going from making minimum salaries of less than $1 million to eventually getting deals for around $5 million annually.

"From the players' standpoint, you had a lot more guys in '98, it was kind of the haves and the have nots,'' Hill said. "You had guys who had big contracts and those who were with the lower class in the world of NBA salaries. So a lot of guys had been journeyman who played for 10 years, and it was more the feeling, 'Let's take over the middle tier.' Now, you have maybe an era of (players) who never went through making minimum wage. It's all relative, but you have guys who all they know is making the middle class and doing well.

"I don't know how willing we are to fight and how prepared we are. (A possible lockout) is very real. It's not just going without a check. It kind of seems like the mindset with the players 12 years ago was, 'Let's fight for this. Let's do what we can.' It's almost now that we aren't aware what we're about to get ourselves into.''
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Wow... so not only is the chance of no NFL in 2011, we could also not have NBA...

Just insanely stupid for both sports. NHL and MLB could see a growth if both sports are locked out.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:49 AM   #2
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It would suck balls for them both to happen, and I do not even like basketball. Except for the playoffs.....



But as a huge NHL fan- I would love to see it as it would get the NHL its rep back and let those who do not know, just how cool Hockey actually is.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:55 AM   #3
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My 2 favorite sports may be gone in 2 years. Just insane to think about.

Players and Owners are both rich, why is it so hard to get these things organized?
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It may be hard to believe, but should these lockouts happen, I'll have no choice but to watch even MORE movies.
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You act like this is a bad thing ticket prices suck. The owners are right to a point. Time rein in just a bit .
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My 2 favorite sports may be gone in 2 years. Just insane to think about.

Players and Owners are both rich, why is it so hard to get these things organized?
That is an easy question to answer.... The players rep does not want to concede an inch, even during hard times. Things are not the same world wide in this economy, something has to give, just like in the NFL.
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It may be hard to believe, but should these lockouts happen, I'll have no choice but to watch even MORE movies.
there will be a season .
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:10 AM   #8
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You act like this is a bad thing ticket prices suck. The owners are right to a point. Time rein in just a bit .
You don't think it will really effect ticket prices much, do you?
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Old 02-10-2010, 11:22 AM   #9
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yeah the owners are really giving fans a break in tough times ... charging 1500bucks to see Floyd Little inducted. They're effing princes. The way the nfl pays draft picks v. veteran offensive linemen is a joke too, though.
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Lockouts won't do $hit for ticket prices for any leagues. Which ever side wins the battle the owners will keep prices the same and a few will increase ticket,food and parking to make up for the lose of the season.
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I can't believe this is possible. I don't know what the hell I'd do with myself... I am a Broncos and Nuggets die hard
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Lockouts won't do $hit for ticket prices for any leagues. Which ever side wins the battle the owners will keep prices the same and a few will increase ticket,food and parking to make up for the lose of the season.
sad but true.

I long for the collapse of all pro sports leagues--I want the players to get paid on the basis of wins & losses only

For example: NFL winning team players make $100,000 game for those who participate in 50% or more of game snaps, $75,000 for less than 50% of game snaps or something similar, losers 50K and 37.5K---the $$$ in sports is ridiculous---I contribute to it only thru my NFL sunday ticket pkg--I buy my jerseys ($45 TOP price) from overseas websites-basically, I will not attend games or buy concessions any longer.
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I warned everybody about this already. If that court case before the SCOTUS goes like I think its going to go, then we may well see ALL the pro sports going into lockouts. We'll see what happens here in the next few months.
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:14 PM   #14
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Meh. I'm not one to really judge how much one is worth but pro-sports players make too much for what they do.

Baseball you could make more of a case for due to the season length and how many damn games they play... especially non-pitchers.

Even then. When you're kicking the **** out of ER doctors and the like it's kind of laughable.

Meh... actors who get their lucky break get paid too much too.

That's entertainment for you though.

Once you establish a habit of overpaying it's not simple to just turn back the clock.

Ironic though that there was once a time where sports professionals and actors got paid absolute **** for their work. Complete opposite now.
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I can't believe this is possible. I don't know what the hell I'd do with myself... I am a Broncos and Nuggets die hard
Badminton will still be going strong in 2011.
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I heard on the light rail that Plummer is trying to organize a handball players' strike.
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Old 02-11-2010, 07:15 AM   #17
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Not My Handball!!!!!!!!!

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Basketball could disappear tomorrow and I wouldn't give two ****s.

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