Skip to comments.LeBron James to lead boycott in 2014-15 if Donald Sterling still owns Clippers
Posted on 05/14/2014 1:39:27 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
....the National Basketball Players Association has made it clear they want both Sterlings removed by the start of the 2014-15 season, and one of the players unions executives is threatening a boycott, led by four-time MVP LeBron James, if that deadline isnt met.
If its not handled by
the start of next season, I dont see how were playing basketball, NBPA vice president Roger Mason Jr. said in an interview with Showtimes Jim Rome. We have player reps, weve got executive committee members
(Excerpt) Read more at nba.si.com ...
Or, alternatively, Mrs. Sterling, you fight it, too.
I think watching this would be at least as entertaining as watching NBA games.
Not a chance they would “boycott”.
Much more entertaining. . . . .
I can't boycott the games. . . . . . because I don't watch them.
It would beat hell out of watching Michael Sam play tonsil hockey with his boyfriend on national TV!
Scorched earth baby!!!
would anyone notice?
Its more awful that taxpayers are funding buildings for millionaires & billionaires owners and players! From what I hear tickets, food at these sports events are costly. So boycott Sterling’s Clippers heck no. Boycott the NBA for fiscally raping taxpayers, approve of that.
well sir, an opportunity to bring the whole nba down. once in a lifetime.
The tranny of the black minority.
Complaints about racism have bombarded us to the point it is now just background noise.
I would LOVE to ask this hypocritical POS to his face and on camera how EXACTLY he justifies blacks running around the planet yelling ‘nigger’ while being mortally wounded over this fiasco.
I want to see him say on camera “It’s OK when we do it with each other” so I can then ask how that isn’t racist to the core and a slap in the face to MLK’s vision of racial harmony. I want to ask him why he considers ‘separate but equal’ a good idea.
It’s a simple thing that we all talk about all the time. But you NEVER EVER see it thrown in their face where they can’t duck it.
UGH. Watching a dog go DO DO would beat that ugly scene. . .
This is all engineered to guarantee BLACK ownership of the Clippers. There can be no forgiveness or compromise, because black groups have been promised that ownership will be granted to a black owner/ownership group as a type of reparation for what Sterling said.
Mark it down. There will be white suitors who will be ignored in favor of a lesser offer from a minority group.
boycotts are a two-way street. College ball is more fun anyway
let the idiots boycott, and people can watch this instead.
It depends. If a bunch of overplayed, overrated, princesses sat out, and the NBA had to use players that knew how to work as a team and how to make an assist once and a while...people would notice.
“Its more awful that taxpayers are funding buildings for millionaires & billionaires owners and players!”
The NBA would not exist without subsidies. It is a creature of the corporatist welfare society:
1) The development of its athletes are subsidized in the farm system (colleges and universities). In turn the higher education system in the US is highly subsidized with taxpayer money.
2) As you pointed out the sports arenas and training centers are paid for by local taxpayers in most instances. Most of these taxpayers, from whom money is extorted by the government, never see a game or visit these facilities.
3) Despite the fact the facilities are owned by the public, the agreements with the teams often allow the teams to control the revenue from concessions and parking as well as lease the facilities for below market rates. The local government (i.e. taxpayer) is on the hook for depreciation and maintenance of the facility at a cost that far exceeds the revenue from rents.
4) Every decade or so, owners declare facilities outdated and threaten to move the team if they don’t get multimillion dollar upgrades or a new facility, funded of course by the taxpayer. Almost without exception, local government cave to this extortion.
5) Television revenues, not ticket sales, fund the extraordinary salaries and lifestyles of the players. Without forced bundling of sports cable channels, such as ESPN, television revenues would not be nearly as high. Essentially bundling is a forced subsidy of professional sports, including the NBA. Cable customers who never watch a game are forced to pay for the sports networks who in turn pay to televise the games. Unbundle cable, moving to a pay for channel or pay per view system and watch television sports revenue drop precipitously, putting the leagues, owners and players in a huge bind.
6) No doubt there are special tax breaks and direct subsidies the teams, if not the players, receive we don’t even know about.
The owners and players of professional sports franchises are multimillionaires and billionaires subsidized by the taxpayer. It is long past time to get the taxpayer out of professional sports and stop forcing consumers of cable television to subsidize sports networks. If owners had to pay for their buildings, their player farm system, and cable services were unbundled the economics of the game would change overnight as market forces came into play. There would be fewer teams, player salaries would drop, consumer cable television bills would be lower (except for those who want to watch the games) and the ownership and maintenance costs for arenas would be privatized.
Let the billionaire owners and players compete in a free, unsubsidized market for a while and perhaps their boorish behavior would improve.
God speed Mr. Sterling!
basketball sucks. Who cares?
Since Larry Bird, the NBA has been non existent.
I for one would not notice....if the NBA folded up and disappeared....
Same thing if 50 % of the federal government disappeared. ...
That's the winning play, IMO. She holds a strong trump card that can't be ignored, even in NBA-required mediation. She may not retain ownership but can make the deal so expensive that new owners won't be above water for years.
If League would go bankrupt, I'd throw a party.
Neither would the NFL, NHL, or MLB.
I think the owners will vote to strip Sterling of his ownership. Sterling will take it to court. The legal process will be just starting up at the beginning of next season. The owners will tell the players that they’re trying to boot Sterling but they’re at the mercy of the courts. The players will accept that and go ahead and play. Problem solved.
Oh, no, say it ain't so, Joe.
How can I get by without watching 10, 7 foot tall black guys walk up and down the court and then slamming the into the basket, like I throw a ball of paper into a waste basket.
Please don't boycott basketball, Mr. James, we luvs it.
I recall the finals used to be tapped delayed and shown at 11:30 at night. this wasn't for ratings mind you. it was because no one was watching.
Boycott? Sure, let'em go ahead. I won't miss one bit of it. Baseball did this and it almost killed the game.
If Lebron is serious about this then I would ask him the following...along with the NBA.
1) Are you willing to sever ties with, and publically condemn, all hip hop artists who use derogatory language to women, police, other minorities?
2) Would you be willing to be subjected to a lie detector test to affirm you have never, ever, ever used racist language of any form?
Unless you're willing to do this, just shut up, and be thankful you're 6'8" and can shoot a ball through a hoop. Because without that, I'm not sure what you would be doing in life.
Overnights: ESPN NFL Draft: 6.8 ESPN2 Blazers-Spurs 2.7 ESPN2 Heat-Nets: 2.6 NFL Net NFL Draft:
NFL is months away from playing has a draft and kills your playoff ratinsg with a draft.
I can’t wait. Go ahead and stop the racist sport for the whole season. I wonder how many of the players can make it two months without a paycheck and not paying their child support?
If this happens, we will see a spike in abortions, baby mommas and crime..
I last watched NBA basketball in the mid 1970s when there weren’t nearly as many thugs on the court. It seemed to me that many even had a touch of humility and team spirit. Fancy that.
The cutting edge of social justice is not being honed by ego maniacal, spoiled brat ultra rich athletes who make tens of millions of dollars a year.
Martin Luther King fought for the basic right of people to be able to hold a decent job to feed their family and these moron athletes make more money than the CEO of Ford to toss a ball around in a game for children.
There is no discrimination here and for these 0.01% ers to try to play the race card and cast themselves as victims is beyond the pale.
If a person whose stated (and achieved) goal is to never spend a day on a college campus is your intellectual leader, you’re doing something wrong and bound for disappointment.
I agree, but with these people, there’s always a reason “to march” and “protest”. Double-Yawn....
Isn’t a threat of boycott a form of blackmail or extortion?
“You do this action, or I will financially punish you.”
I disagree, SoFloFreeper. Those players have every right not to work if they don't want to.
In their case, they actually ARE the business. This is not a manufacturer in which the employees are largely interchangeable parts. These are the best basketball players in the nation.
Do I think it's a bit silly for the nation to swoon over people who put a round ball through a round hoop and pay them hundreds of millions to do so? I sure do. I haven't watched a minute of the NBA this season. (But I do watch baseball and football, so I'm not innocent.)
I think it's silly, but it's also an entertainment industry business and it makes billions of dollars a year.
And in this case, the players hold a very good hand...a royal flush if necessary. So, if they want NOT to play, these owners have made them rich enough to enjoy sitting at home. And you just know that you know that in this age of player agents that no agent of any player would permit a contract so binding that the player has no options whatsoever.
These players could start their own league and be free of the owners who really have nothing if they don't have the players.
Please do, LeBron. That would make BB more interesting. I have quit watching but the soap opera would be popcorn worthy.
Sounds like blackmail.
Good, I hope it bankrupts the league and leaves them all unemployed. I grew up loving basketball and playing it. Have not watched it in 20 years. It has become a shell of the game it was.
I’m boycotting them now. I am not watching the games I would normally watch. Those thugs should boycott now and really show their offended.
Pray America wakes up
let em strike/boycott... Sterling is just an old coot idiot, LeBron et all are just flat out buffoons.
NBA isn’t basketball... anyone who loves the game cannot watch what it is today.
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