We have known this day would come for quite some time, but that doesn’t make it any easier to swallow. The NBA’s collective bargaining agreement expired at midnight ET Friday without any...

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Sad grandpa...

Don't think for a minute that the title of this story guarantees you will get a different question on every day of the NBA lockout. If it is profitable we will do it. If it is not profitable, we will ask you to give back more until it is. That's how we (and the NBA) roll.

Speaking of rolling, this question's been rolling around my head for the last few days. Clearly if these chuckleheads can get their acts together and come to an agreement that has the season starting on time, there will be very little fan damage. Especially if the players and owners somehow manage to be civil towards each other and avoid a scorched Earth media policy.

But what if the lockout goes until early January like it did last time with the season cut down to 50 games? How much will you care then? Will you come right back as if nothing happened or will your eye have wondered and found a new thrilling pleasure?

What if the entire season is lost and we are sitting here in June 2012 talking about a lockout? 

What if it's like our invasion of Iraq and you wake up and discover it's been 8 years and the mission hasn't been accomplished? Will we really still care about some guys named Markieff and Zabian?

Think about it and let us know -- What is your NBA lockout breaking point?

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What is your NBA lockout breaking point?

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??? Getting to know all about you.  Getting to like you, Getting to hope you like me...???

Hey there Brightsiders!

I've been meaning to make a FanPost for quite sometime now, especially since my biggest (and probably only) fan 2Nashty has asked me nicely to do so...along with the recent request of our newest staff writer East Bay Ray.   I'm usually more apt to fill up someone else's post with long paragraphs of information rather than saving the material for my own, but I thought it was time I finally gave it a shot.

Anyway, with the Suns' season long over, the championship won by Dallas, the conclusion of the draft, and nothing but a summer of lockouts looming before us...what is there left to discuss?

Well, how about an article about us fans?

In order to warm up my posting skills for more analytical and relevant material (don't worry 2Nashty, It's coming), I thought it would be a nice idea to start with a FanPost devoted to the very people that make this site the oh-so-special place it is. 

Let's face it, we don't just come here for info about the Suns, but also to interact with the many great fans and interesting characters that call this place their virtual home.  Since we don't have a whole lot going on with the Suns at the moment, what better time than now to find out a little more about the people we spend so much time typing back and forth with?

So please indulge me and the rest of our community by posting some interesting tidbits about yourself, including how you became a Suns fan to begin with, your background,; along with other unique and/or special factoids about yourself that may give us a little better idea about the actual person behind the screen-name.  Speaking of screen-names, if the reason you chose your particular handle isn't too private to share, that would also be a great idea to include.

Whaddayasay?


NBA owners and union representatives broke off talks after a three hour negotiating session this afternoon, making the NBA's first work stoppage since 1999 appear inevitable once the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires at Midnight EDT tonight. Our own Alex Laugan did an excellent job explaining some of the issues at hand here, and the New York Times explains more details around precisely what a lockout will entail. An excerpt:

Players and teams will be barred from contact with each other. Paychecks and health care will be suspended indefinitely. And all league business will cease until the owners and players find the means to overcome their philosophical and economic differences.

The last NBA work stoppage ran from July 1, 1998 - January 6, 1999. The '98-'99 regular season ran only 50 games and didn't start until February 5, 1999. No all-star game was held that season. In short, it sucked. We can only hope for a quicker settlement this time, but the sides remain far apart as the owners, led by commissioner David Stern, push for significant rollbacks in player salaries and implementation of a "hard" salary cap. Little progress has been made in negotiations so far.

Everybody loses in this, but most of all the fans who make the league viable with our support. Be frustrated, be angry, be sad, be cynical. What do you think, Bright Siders?

[Note by Seth Pollack, 06/30/11 2:45 PM MST ]

Here's a fun little read about team's "losing money".

 

Exclusive: How (And Why) An NBA Team Makes A $7 Million Profit Look Like A $28 Million Loss
Remember this the next time David Stern says the NBA's economic system is broken. "The bottom line about the bottom line," Fort says, "is that even if it looks like they're losing money, it doesn't mean they're losing money."

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'Notorious Windbag' Robert Sarver vs. His Highness, David Stern

I can't tell you how much pleasure the phrase "notorious windbag" gives me. But despite the many Suns' sins Sarver owns, speaking up to Stern shouldn't be one of them.

This lockout is a fight between huge-market owners and the rest of them. But instead of resolving their own issues, they decided to gang up and try and force the players to pay for their mistakes.


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