Now that David Stern has canceled the entire NBA preseason and the regular season is in danger of losing some games, a lot has been said about what the owners and players will be missing out on. But there are thousands of people around the country who are going to be hit even worse than the owners and players if games are canceled.
According to Jorge Arce of bettor.com, ex-San Antonio Spurs forward Robert Horry said the lockout is a bad situation, especially for arena employees who depend on the 41 games a year for income.
“It’s just a bad, bad thing,” Horry told Erin Sharoni. “I don’t feel for the players, I don’t feel for the owners. Those are seven-figure people. I feel for the people who work in the arenas, who use this as their livelihood to put food on their tables. That’s who I care most about and that’s what I said during the last lockout.”
I'm glad Horry said what a lot of us fans have been thinking. Sure there are other events going on at arenas other than basketball games, but try to imagine having 41 days (not counting the playoffs) where you were expecting to get paid and now you're out of that money. Tough times for more than the rich players or the super rich owners, or even us basketball fans who are getting bored. Thanks to "Big Shot Rob" for looking out for the little man.
Mr. Hoory hits the nail by its head. We agree the real losers here are the small fries
Mr. Hoory hits the nail by its head. We agrre, the real losers are the small fries who depend on the nba for a decent living unlike the overpaid plauyers and thier agents who add to the cost of paying the players and the owners who want more profits. Also losers are people who flock the stadiums to watch the games and also tv viewers who ultimately foot the bill. Come on players, if you don't want to play be grocery baggers.
The players have been lazy about negotiations, insisting that "we are the game", "we deserve the lion's share" which is ridiculous. I bet nobody remembers the top four players from 70's when the League was losing money and there were fewer than 2 dozen teams. Owners, investors and the League vision/management leadership built the League to what it is today, a global game/industry. The current crop of NBA players, tattos/egos/loudmouths/women/arrests and all have not necessarily made the game a better place -----and do not necessarily deserve more than half of the profits.
Mr. Horry makes a great point.....there are already over 1500 people out of work from 5 and 6 figure jobs laid off by teams, the League and NBA related businesses....and more layoffs are coming this week (in thetens of thousands) if this dispute does not get settled, fast.