It used to be that the NBA lockout was just affecting basketball. That makes sense since, you know, the NBA is a basketball league. But now, it’s crossing in to other sports and ruining things for them too.

And not minor things, either. We’re talking big-time events. We’re talking the World Series. From ESPN:

The Texas Rangers nominated Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki to throw out a first pitch before one of their home games in the World Series, but sources with knowledge of the team’s plans say that the recommendation has been nixed by Major League Baseball. [...]

Sources told that — with the NBA in the midst of a lockout that has spanned 111 days — at least some hesitation stems from the idea that MLB executives want to stand behind their basketball counterparts and have notified the Rangers that they can’t bestow first-pitch honors on an NBA player.

Oh great. Way to go, NBA. Now you’re messing with the national pastime. You’re depriving millions of fans of seeing this:

Well, at least this might raise awareness of the lockout, which could in turn lead to baseball fans getting worried that their basketball bros would miss out on a championship like they did in 1994, which could in turn lead to the resolution of the lockout. When baseball fans get angry about something, they really take it to another level. Just think of Mark McGwire not being in the Hall of Fame.

Probably not though. They’ll probably just eat their peanuts and Cracker Jack without even caring when the NBA will ever come back. Too bad. I really thought we had something there.

(via I Am a GM)