There is great news for all of the NBA basketball fans all over the world, the NBA lockout is over. Finally after a long arduous lockout beginning just as the Mavericks took home the title last year, the players and owners have finally come to a tentative agreement. The season is supposedly going to kick off on Christmas. What a Christmas present for all NBA fans out there. They plan on only having 66 games this season for all team. I am just happy that we are going to have another great NBA season this year because the NBA lockout is over!
Now that the NBA lockout is over many people do not understand how the NBA lockout ended. First of all people must know how the NBA lockout started. The NBA lockout was started because there was a disagreement on the overall budget between the players (and NBPA) and the owners of the teams. After months and months of negotiating and the media reporting on the lockout daily, people predicted that they would make a 50-50 split between the profits of the players side and the owners side. But just a few weeks ago David Stern threatened that the last deal that the owners would try to push through be a lot more beneficial for the owners. Now just yesterday a tentative agreement was decided on after 149 days of disagreeing and a 15 hour meeting yesterday. Here is a short video with David Stern the NBA commissioner talking about how this tentative agreement is going to go through and what is the future of the NBA this year.
The NBA has a lot of changes that has been made this season and there are many things we can look at. First off the budget plan for the NBA will change which can affect free agents, rookie signings, trades deals, hiring coaches, hiring staff, etc. although a collective bargaining agreement has not been decided on yet, according to David Stern they will decide on one within the next 30 days and put it in the place. Another thing people believe think that will impact the NBA lockout is over; because the lockout is over veteran players will have much better performances in the playoffs because there is 16 less games in the season. If you think about it this could be true because 16 NBA games can be very tiring on older players bodies and with less wear and tear on their body they could perform better in the playoffs.
Since the NBA lockout is over is going to affect many other aspects of the sports world other than the NBA. With the NBA lockout over college basketball games are not going to get as much views. While the lockout was going on, NBA fans got their basketball excitement from college games but now since the NBA lockout is over college games are getting a lot less views per game. To go along with the college games in the NHL has also gotten more views and more game time slots and flexibility with their schedule because there is no NBA games taking up their arena time. NHL views are predicted to go way down from what they currently were this season. To go along with this people were looking to watch other sports like soccer and tennis but now they have the good old NBA to watch! After months and months of negotiating after months and months of negotiating
Another thing people believe think that will impact the NBA lockout is over; because the lockout is over veteran players will have much better performances in the playoffs because there is 16 less games in the season. If you think about it this could be true because 16 NBA games can be very tiring on older player’s bodies and with less wear and tear on their body they could perform better in the playoffs.
I am so excited for this NBA season kickoff and I bet many other basketball fans out there excited also. For more information on sports please report to the sport report’s homepage. Thank God that the NBA lockout is over!