It seems as though there have been numerous indications that the 2011-12 NBA season is toast.
This latest development may officially be the proverbial straw that breaks the camel’s back.
The NBA players rejected the league’s latest offer Monday and have begun the process to disband the union. Translation: goodbye, NBA season.
According to Kurt Helin of Basketball Talk, the union has sent an official disclaimer notice to all 30 teams.
Despite the ray of hope that a potential deal was on the horizon in recent weeks, talks between the owners and players came to an abrupt halt during recent meetings.
Apparently, union president Derek Fisher and his fellow players felt that this drastic move on their behalf was necessary to prove to the league that they mean business and that they’re in this for the long haul.
“This is the best decision for the players,” Fisher said. “I want to reiterate that point, that a lot of individual players have a lot of things personally at stake in terms of their careers and where they stand. And right now they feel it’s important—we all feel it’s important to all our players, not just the ones in this room, but our entire group—that we not only try to get a deal done for today but for the body of NBA players that will come into this league over the next decade and beyond.”
It’s kind of scary how the longer this goes on, the more Fisher starts to sound like a politician. He may be a politician with a point, but a politician, nevertheless.
Neither side has really mentioned how everyone involved in this mess has lost hundreds of millions because of the games missed and the countless more that will be wiped out before play resumes. Team employees are losing money, and in some cases, jobs.
And while the NFL union took the exact same approach with their own lockout, they decertified much earlier in the process.
Just in case you are keeping score at home, Monday marked the 137th day of the lockout; the NFL lockout lasted 136 days.