From a Fan to NBA Players: Just Take the Darn Offer
I just need to get this out of my chest. I've been an NBA (basketball) fan for as long as I can remember, I like playing basketball even if sometimes I think basketball does not like me, but this latest labor dispute between the YOU (NBA Players) and the League (NBA & Team) is just plain ridiculous. Why? YOU are already earning millions of dollars for playing basketball and for endorsing products heck Lebron got a $90 million endorsement deal even though he just play for 5 out of 7 games in the playoffs and had not won any championship ring. Why can't YOU just accept that 50-50 split of basketball-related income? What's wrong in letting the league have their way? You still get to keep your multi-year-multi-million contracts.
I really cannot understand all those legal matter about the NBA labor dispute that are discussed on ESPN and Yahoo Sports, but one thing is for sure "GREED is a double-edge sword."
Another thing that I need to get out of my chest is that "YOU should not bite the hands that feeds you!" meaning Team Owners are not called Owner for nothing.
Remember even if both NBA Season 2011-12 and 2012-13 do not materialize or worst NBA cease to exist, Team owners will have their bread-and-butter move-on with their lives and continue with their other businesses.
Let me just tell YOU what I mean.
- Miami Heat owner Micky Arison CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise operator; earned $ 14.469 billion last year.
- LA Lakers owner Jerry Buss a businessman, real estate investor, his network is $380 million.
- Paul Allen of the Portland Trail Blazers, he's the co-founder of Microsoft and 57th richest man in the world. If don't already known Microsoft the world's largest software company.
- New Jersey Nets owners Mikhail Prokhorov and Jay-Z, while I don't need to tell you about Jay-Z, Mikhail Prokhorov on the other hand is the chairman of Polyus Gold, Russia's largest gold producer, and President of ONEXIM Group. He's the third richest man from Russia and the 39th richest man in the world according to the 2010 Forbes list with a fortune estimated at $18 billion as per the Forbes Billionaire List.
- Cleveland Cavaliers owned by the Dan Gilbert, the founder of Quicken Loans Inc. which earned $902 million last 2009.
- Detroit Pistons now owned by Tom Gores who has a current net worth of $2.4 billion dollars
- Mark Cuban my favorite who owns the Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters, and Magnolia Pictures, and the chairman of the HDTV cable network HDNet.