You know what I miss the most about the NBA? Watching the owners negotiate stadium contracts, haggle with vendors, hold budgetary meetings with upper level executives and other ownerly tasks such as these. Deep down inside, I think we can all agree that that is the real moneymaker in the world’s greatest basketball league. It’s definitely not the players who actually play the games.

That’s why this quote from David Aldridge’s latest NBA.com column makes so much sense.

The source said owners frequently speak of “being tired of making these guys rich” and are even contemplating asking for more, such as including income the players receive from their commercial endorsements and sponsorship money into the BRI pot — the theory being the players wouldn’t become famous and able to make such deals if not for the NBA infrastructure that puts them on television and other media.

This just makes so much sense, you guys. Of course NBA players should have to give some of their endorsement money to the owners, because if it weren’t for the owners, there’s no way these idiots would be famous. Just think this through. If it weren’t for the owners, there’d be no NBA and no way for basketball players to make money. It’s called logic. Dictionary.com it.

Besides, it’s definitely not the case that the owners are benefitting from the players at all. This is a totally one-way street, with the cash driving luxury automobiles (Jag-u-ar) from the owners straight to the players. In no way do NBA players make money for their owners, since a league of 30 basketball teams with no players would generate basketball related income of nearly $4 billion and bring in millions and millions of advertising dollars. That is pretty much a given at this point. And since 22 of 30 teams lost money, that means it is the players’ fault since we already established that 30 teams with no players would make billions of dollars. I got an A in freshman geometry, so you know that proof is legit.

So yes, this makes all of the sense in the world, as we can all agree. NBA owners make the players rich, not the other way around, and there’s no way the players would be famous without the owners’ hookups. In fact, now that I think about it, if players wanted to be really fair about things, they’d just pay the owners to allow them to be in the NBA and forfeit their salaries. That seems like the fair thing to do.

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Comments (12)

  1. The owners just want the good old days back….making manz work in the cotton fields while they take all the benefits. TOO BAD lol cry me a river rich people alway be complaining about something. I think they’re mad cause they are making a lot of BLACK people rich. ;)

  2. I hope this means that we can expect youtube videos of various owners touring the country’s boardrooms. Then we can watch them to do what they do best: shaking hands, signing papers and making important decisions sitting in leather office chairs surrounding large tables constructed of rich mahogany.

    Oh, and smushing the faces of their executive assistants when they screw up the departure time of their private jet.

    Thrilling.

  3. The owners are full of shit….they negotiate, approve or disapprove. They want the best players for their teams to win, give out all this money for somebody not to do what’s expected then the guy leaves now they want to stop the season. Players are going where they can get the most money as well as being in a good situation, these contracts and bonuses and whatever else they give these players is their fault. Fuck outta here, u can’t give the money out and then want to take it back!!!

  4. It’s funny — last I checked, owners were allowed to NOT sign mediocre players to huge contracts. Maybe they should, you know … consider giving that a try.

  5. The new wave of ownership that’s come into the league over the past decade or two had to pay astronomical and often inflated prices for these teams and buildings and are upset cause the sports business model doesn’t create much profit right away, especially cause they’re repaying the loans they needed to buy the team in the first place. And its a down economy.

  6. owners are all in it for themselves….right now they are all aticking together, but once the CBA is done, and sealed, they will be bakc at it again…..

    I wonder how Mark Cuban is treating this whole situation….cause he is so close to his players and all….

  7. I am just worried about all those player’s families that need feeding.

  8. It’s the owners’ fault if players’ salary are growing extremely fast. They have no one to blame but themselves. THEY decide to sign the players, no one’s holding a gun to their head. I do not pity them one bit, they’re f******g billionaires.

  9. Jimbo wins.

    Also @BaraChat, that’s probably why they’re saying now “we’re not going to pay you as much anymore.”

  10. Danny, you’re a fucking tool.

    The owners have always had the option of saying, “I don’t think I want to pay Sam Dalembert 10 mil a year”. But they did it anyway.

    What they’re saying now is, “I think I should be able to retroactively cancel the legal contract I worked out with Dalembert, because my earlier stupidity is really bringing me down now.”

    Besides, it’s stupid for them to be complaining about losses (especially manufactured ones) when this isn’t a normal business, and regular businesses aren’t insulated from losses anyway. Mark Cuban (as much as he’s a self-important dickbag) has it right: you don’t buy a sports team because it’s a business opportunity, you do it because you’re a billionaire and you want to have something fun to do. If the owner are really having such a hard time, why don’t they sell their teams, all of which are worth more than 200 million dollars?

  11. This doesn’t just apply to the NBA – NO INDUSTRY needs owners to run. It’s the workers that produce the products or services (i.e. wealth), the owners just by virtue of owning the equipment/infrastructure then expropriate most of that wealth and pay the workers a tiny fraction of what they’ve created.

    An pro basketball league with no owners has already been discussed here: http://wagesofwins.net/2011/07/11/do-the-players-and-cities-really-need-the-nba-owners/

  12. I dont understand what the problem is! if the business model was so bad, why did you buy the team?!?

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