I am not going to pretend like a lockout is a good thing. When every day people like the stadium employees are being laid off because rich men can’t decide how to share all their wealth (NFL Lockout) it’s kind of disgusting. And the same goes for the employees in the NBA stadiums and local bars and restaurants. Sure, the NBA owners are loosing money, but when rich men (NBA Franchise Owners) sign a bad business deal and lose money, I am not worried about them putting food on the table. It’s the people whose pay check depends on the NBA and NFL that really suffer. And let’s face it, in this economy a lot of people live paycheck to paycheck.
Oh and then there is the every day fan like you and me…sigh…We are in for a very boring fall people, with nothing to take us away from our, as Lebron put it, “sad lives.”
But that does not mean there is zero benefit of lockouts. But the benefit comes with a big if. Let me repeat that. It comes with a big IF
IF the lockouts end prior or close to the start date of the regular season then the sports world will be more interesting than it ever has been. Last year, at this point in the NBA off-season Lebron was just days away from making his DECISION and by the end of July all the top free agents had new homes. Not to mention, the NFL off season was already set in stone months and months prior.
Now, because of the lockouts we are in July and still speculating about NFL free agents and new destinations. Think about that for a second. We are in JULY and the NFL is still relevant. That never happens! Their is so much buzz in the world of the NFL and NBA that will last for months and months because of the lockouts.
So if the lockouts end any time soon, then other than people who lost jobs and business (which are the real victims here) the lockouts may just be something to benefit both sports by creating a prolonged buzz about free agents, trades, rookies, and team personnel.
Will Cam Newton be ready to start without the proper mini camps? Will Chris Paul be traded? Will the Lakers sign a young point guard? Will this happen? Will that happen?
All we can do right now is wait and see what happens when the lockouts end, but that does not mean we are not going to talk about it.