Split Decision: NBA owners deserve the bigger percentage


The lockout the NBA players have entered into won’t hurt most players and won’t hurt most team owners, but it does hurt the fan base of the teams.

Fans who pay year after year to see their team play hoping they bring home a championship.

Most fans do not follow a player, but a team as a whole.

The lockout is simply an argument of greed. The avid NBA fans around the country do not want to sit around and wait for the players to get more money, they just want to see the teams actually play.

And let’s get this straight, most NBA players will be okay if the percentage they earn of the gross annual revenue drops to 51 or even 50 percent.

As far as I see it, the players should settle and just play the game they are paid to.

Honestly, how hard is it to be a NBA player?

You train and play basketball for a living, I would kill to be paid hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars to play a game.

Owners, on the other hand, have a lot more to deal with than simply playing basketball, they have to deal with all the other business running a team takes from picking the right General Manager to trades and making sure players stay on their best behavior.

They also take most of the abuse when a team isn’t living up to the standards fans expect.

Take Mark Cuban for example, he is one of the more involved team owners in the NBA and he took a lot of heat when the Mavericks had the talent to win a NBA championship, but came up short year after year.

It was always close, but no cigar for Cuban until the his last playoff series when his Mavericks brought home the Larry O’Brien trophy.

Dealing with that sort of stress is a huge pain and for his trouble he has a right to earn half of what his team makes during a year.

If the players will settle then the loyal NBA fans will finally be able to see their team hit the court instead of playing abroad or otherwise being inactive.

A fight over money is ridiculous.

Players, when you make enough money to live in a mansion and drive a Lamborghini, you have no room to complain.

The rest of us drive normal cars and live in normal sized houses and if you really think about it we are the ones who pay for your insane salary, so please, end the lockout and settle for what the owners are willing to give you.

They manage the team, you play the game you love to play and we get to see our team out on the court.

We don’t want to watch you debate over how much money you make we want to see you draining threes from downtown and driving to the hole for that slam home, end the lockout.

Learn to share, a 50-50 split or even 51 percent to you would be fair, be fair to the fans, and be fair to me. All I want to see is my Lakers play again.