Does anyone really care that the NBA season had its first two weeks cancelled? The NBA has been in a lockout for 105 days now and the lockout has gone by virtually un-noticed. When the two-week cancellation of games came out on Monday, most looked past it and continued watching the Lions win on Monday Night Football. Most people probably are not missing the first two weeks right now with the MLB Postseason and the NFL season in full swing. But would fans miss the NBA if the full season were cancelled altogether?
The NBA has had record ratings over the past few years so, yes, I would say people would miss it. However, during the NBA season, there are many alternative sources of sports entertainment to turn to, such as NFL football, college football, NHL hockey, college basketball, MLB baseball, and soccer. With these alternatives, sports fanatics are not giving as much attention to the NBA lockout as the NFL lockout during summer, when not many other sources of sports entertainment existed.
As the NBA meets with a federal mediator this week for labor negotiations to resolve their labor issues, think about what you would miss most from not having an NBA season or if you will miss it at all. Will you be pining to watch new stars grab the spotlight? Will you follow Lebron as he chases that elusive championship ring? Or are you going to use the extra time to go watch the Lions in the playoffs? Well lets hope they take their best shot at solving this dispute, but still be prepared for a technical foul and an ejection of the 2011-2012 NBA season.
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