This is why I’m not a fan of unions. Unions were started to allow like employees to work together towards common interests. Not so bad right? What about when common interests are completely absurd? Both the NFL and NBA are facing lockouts in the 2011 seasons. Both for different reasons but regardless there will be a lot more MLS and NHL games on television.
The largest and scariest lockout is with the NFL. There are two sides to the story as there always is. The NFL players union is threatening to strike because the owners want to impose two more regular season games upon players. This means two more games late in the season, which presents more physical strain and likely more injuries on players for the same pay as now.
The NFL is a gold mine run by the comish who is in cahootz with the owners. They are looking to increase revenue with the addition of two more regular season games without the expense of relational pay towards players. You can’t blame them for wanting to increase revenue. But you can blame them for wanting to do it for less money.
The funny thing is that, for the most part, the players don’t even want more pay. The just don’t want to play two more games. They feel as though it will decrease quality and increase quantity and they’re probably right. In a sense, the two parties are comparing apples to oranges and it looks like a lockout is imminent 😦
The NBA lockout revolves more around their collective bargaining agreement expiring and a shrinking salary cap for teams. What does this mean? As the NBA consistently has decreasing profits, the salary caps for individual teams are also decreasing. When salary caps shrink, you would think it’s the LeBron’s, Kobe’s, and Melo’s that are the problem children.
But in reality they are more profitable to teams and it is the mid-level players who are over-paid that are ruining my fantasticism. And because these mid-level players make up the majority of the player’s union, a lockout in the 2011-2012 season is definitely looming.
In both instances, the owners and the players have their stances and platforms. And there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer. I have my views and they have theirs but I think the one thing everyone can agree on is that all parties win when the players are playing. So, it is in everyone’s best interest to get these issues resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.