EL PASO, Texas — New talent may have to put their pro dreams on hold a while longer if the NBA goes on strike for the 2011 season, which would be a new example of another professional sports letdown.
Unless a new agreement is reached, the second NBA work stoppage in about a decade would take place in September 2011. How will the players who are still in college feel about this situation?
From my personal experience as one of these college basketball players I find the NBA lockout as a true misfortune. I can’t help but question why this is happening at the time of my graduation. I’d like to believe that I will have the opportunity to throw my hat into the draft, but reality is making me wonder if I’m going to get my chance.
When I was doing homework in the library one evening I found myself in a conversation with another student over what my career holds for me. She said “Randy I think that would be a big disappointment that you wouldn’t get your chance at your dream. You took a chance on our school and you’ve given the town a new life.”
This really affected me and I’m not putting myself on a peak, but I found it warming that people actually cared. It upsets me that I probably won’t get the chance to do right for the people who support me.
In previous years agreements have shortened the seasons. An example of this would be the 1998-99 NBA season in which the season was reduced to 50 games as a result of the NBA’s owners locking out players until a new collective bargaining agreement was reached.
It is rumored that as many as 20 of the 30 NBA teams lost money in the 2008-09 season. Attendance feels the full effects of the recession until season tickets are sold for next season.
“I’d be upset that players from colleges wouldn’t get their chance to see full potential if a lockout next season was to take place,” said UTEP junior Rudy Reyes, “Indeed these professional athletes should be paid for their talents but the fans pay their salaries and I think they should look at that.”
Many NBA players seem to have no difficulty blowing through the millions of dollars they’ve collected. Sixty percent of their initial earnings are paid to their agent and it is possible that a top-notch athlete will pay out about $10 million in the course of their career.
“It’s sad to witness that many of the stars in the NBA or any professional sports don’t really receive the income they deserve. They should be paid for their talents and it seems everyone benefits except the athlete,” said senior Abe Villalobos. “More should be done to keep the money in the pockets of these players. They need to have futures after their professional careers.”
My family has struggled to raise my brothers and me. I am not saying that we are poor or anything like that, but I always figured that by playing in the NBA and making my dreams come true I would be able to support my family like they always supported me.
I’m hoping that some type of agreement will be settled in the NBA and I’m very patient. My goal is to play in the NBA and do right by my family and make something for them. I think most people would understand how I feel.