Does it matter if there is no NBA season this year?

Players have rejected the NBA’s latest contract offer, raising the prospect that there will be no pro basketball games this year. Today’s Question: Does it matter if there is no NBA season this year?

  • Gary F


    They lost me years ago when Kevin McHale said something like “I don’t care if he is an axe murderer, if I can get 30 minutes out of him each night I’m OK”

    I might watch the last 2 minutes of a game, but I can’t waste the other two hours watching the NBA.

    They can fight all they want, in this market, people just may move on to something else.

  • Clark

    No. Who cares? Have not watched NBA in 15 years. Given the way the players spend money, I would expect many to be bankrupt within the next 6 months.

  • Noel

    Not at all. Although I’m sure the business around the stadium are upset and I feel bad for them. But for the NBA who cares.

  • Hiram

    It doesn’t matter a lot.

  • reggie

    In the short run, it only matters in the sense that there is one fewer entertainment option. I personally love watching both college and pro basketball, but I’m also disgusted at the greed of both players and owners. It’s almost as bad as the greed of football team owners wanting the public to foot the bill for a new stadium.

    But the bigger mystery is the long run: what will it take to get the attention of the wealthy (whether hedge fund managers, CEOs, or multimillion dollar sports figures) to see the problems of a winner-take-most society. I’m not making a philosophical argument about redistributing wealth. I’m making a practical argument about the inherent problems of not having enough people who can afford what you’re selling. As the NBA is soon to find out, once they drop from the radar, it’s going to be really difficult to regain both the attention and the wallets of people struggling to get by.

  • bjb

    Couldn’t care less about the players and owners, but feel bad for the hourly workers at the stadiums and nearby businesses who are out of work because of them.

  • Steve the Cynic

    It doesn’t matter to me. The lack of a pro season in any sport won’t keep me from reading a good book, listening to good music, enjoying the company of my friends, etc., etc.

  • David

    Not to me.

  • Lou

    It makes me appreciate the Minnesota Lynx all the more!

  • Mark G

    Not really. It’s just one group of millionaires fighting with another over a pile of money. I do feel badly for the arena staff and vendors who lose business over this….but unfortunately their needs and concerns are all but lost in the furor and media hype.

  • Sue de Nim

    Thinking about the small businesses and ordinary workers who are losing money, this reminds me of an old African saying: When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.

  • Alison

    I’m sure it does to those people who will not be working their low paying jobs working as ushers, food vendors, and parking attendants during the games.

    Otherwise no. Let the greedy players and owners fight over their millions! Does either side really expect us to feel sorry for them?

  • Philip

    Nope. We all put our money where are mouths are and for me, the exorbitant costs of professional sports is criminal. People cry about cutting government waste or increasing revenue (taxes) and yet it’s nothing compared to what we spend on entertaining ourselves. You want to solve world hunger, increase teachers wages, and solve the US debt problem? Then pour the money we spend on professional sports into those categories. But, it’ll never happen, because this is what we collectively feel is important: a bunch of overpriced boobs and team owners becoming filthy rich over their ability to do sports. Same with Hollywood.

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  • James

    Silly question. Does it matter like curing cancer? No! Does it matter? Yes!

    The rookie who has been training for years for his big shot, now gets to compete with twice as many rookies.

    The aging veteran, hoping for one more season or one more chance at a ring will miss his opportunity.

    Several $ billion of payroll will not be earned and about half of that payroll will not show up in local, state and federal coffers.

    As many people have pointed out, the thousands of people who earn a little or a lot off of basketball will need to find something else to do in a still lousy job market.

    In cities with good teams, thousands of fans who love the sport will go wanting. Even in MN, a few hundred fans will miss the Wolves.

    Does it matter? Yes!

    Will we society survive the loss? Yes!

  • Larry M.

    Rather watch college ball, with that said feel bad for the downtown and stadium workers that will lose money in this bad economy.

  • lr

    Last time I checked, this was the state of hockey. No it doesn’t matter!

  • Don T. Chaknow

    uh. no.

  • Mark Snyder

    I’m a fan of the NBA. Season-ticket holder for the Timberwolves. I would argue that the fault of this labor situation lies mostly with the owners. The players union made major financial concessions in trying to negotiate this bargaining agreement and the owners couldn’t accept their major victory without also trying to gain further restrictions on free agency. They’re like the Wisconsin Badgers going for the two-point conversion when they’re up three touchdowns as the clock is running out. Pathetic.

  • bob

    It matters to vendors and businesses that are dependent on sports fans, but it matters not a whit to me personally. For all the jock sniffers out there who feels it;s the end of the world, II suggest taking up a hobby, volunteering, spending more time with your family, etc.

  • C.A.


    I agree with you..who cares if they play or not? NBA to me is very boring without any rules and its basically 1 on 1 with the other 4 guys watching during a game. They are way overpaid and whine about being millionaires. Try getting up for work at 5am and crawling around in the coal mines all day and then whine. Just my opinion…college ball is better anyways.

  • Philip Benson

    Relative to the Timberwolves competitiveness:

    Good teams will get older, and if next years draft order is determined by last season, the Wolves probability for relative strength should increase.

  • John P II

    I think it’s mildly interesting that this will play out through collective bargaining and anti-trust regulations. Maybe it will give the lawyers and courts some practice for something that actually does matter.

  • suestuben

    I will not miss the T-wolves so much as I will miss the playoffs. I love to tune in when the winning teams whittle away at each other; it becomes more and more exciting. This past season I became a huge fan of the Mavericks and will miss them and their wonderful owner.

    However, the Lynx were phenomenal and I plan on becoming a more active fan of that championship team. Go, Lynx!!

  • David

    I don’t think anyone will care if the Wolves are not playing this year. Did you see people in the seats last year, or the year before that? They have been bad for so long that they are an overthought anyway when you think about doing something “downtown”.

    I would argue, almost a last resort for most casual fans. I sure wouldn’t pay to see them play.

  • James A

    Not in the least. The idea of 2 sets of millionaires fighting over the spoils sickens me.

  • Jason

    To me, a non-fan, no. For fans, the assumed answer is ‘yes’. So beyond those obvious answers it seems that the question highlights certain talking points about whether tax dollars should help finance sports stadiums/arenas. The dispute and lockout emphasizes the fact that pro sports is a business and the entertainment provided is a product – not a part of our true culture as tax funded venue proponents like to refer to it.

  • Rob

    Hmm… Let’s see. Two groups of people who make more in a year than I will in my entire lifetime, fighting over who gets a bigger slice of that pie? A plague on both their houses, I say.

  • kimMN

    Do people really care at all about these rather minimal issues of tax revenue lost from a basketball court? How much have we lost from the Energy Department loans approved by Obama for wasteful green jobs?? Does anyone know the exact amount of wasted tax money for the stimulus package to spend on Green jobs and the cost per job for this nonsense? Last CBO estimate was that each green job cost $230,000 and most jobs were not sustained…booo.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Hey, kimMN, we hadn’t heard from you in a coupla days. I was starting to worry that something had happened to you. It was getting boring here, with all of the comments being on-topic and rational.

  • SteveR

    Just another reason not to put pubic money in to any Pro teams and owners pockets or stadiums ….. Build it and they will strike. No matter what they say, they will act like children. This all sounds like a school yard issue.

    Is anyone in the NBA worried, concerned or even care about all the other people that won’t have jobs because, the games are canceled? No… they have a stadium…. so creating/keeping jobs going in MN….doesn’t matter.

    Remember the NFL were locked out too this last year.

    The Viking are acting like a child that won’t eat their vegetables downtown….cause they want candy up north.

  • Ben


    The ONLY people I feel sorry for is the people who sell the popcorn and beer at the game for minimum wage and who are now out of a job.


  • Jason

    What’s an NBA?

    Seriously, the lesson here is that pro sports is a business and the entertainment is a product. It is not a cultural heritage on the level of art or music. Those can be enjoyed at all times at your own discretion without relying on some other entity to provide it for you. The inadvertent mistake some fans make is when they hitch their emotions to something they can’t control, like whether there will be a season or not.