November, 7, 2011
By Henry Abbott
- TIME's Sean Gregory: "So if these games are lost in a lockout, the thinking goes, NBA cities lose out on big money. The empirical work of a few sports economists, however, has proven otherwise. For example, a 2000 study by University of Maryland-Baltimore County economists Dennis Coates and Brad Humphreys found that work stoppages in baseball and football between 1969 and 1996 – the NBA had experienced no labor disputes in that time period – had no impact on the economies of 37 metropolitan statistical areas with pro sports franchises. In fact, the models showed that cities saw a very slight increase in real per capita income during years with a work stoppage. Robert Baade, a sports economist from Lake Forest (Ill.) College, led a 2006 study that examined sales tax data in Florida. The study found that the lockouts and strikes since 1980 had no statistically significant effect on sales tax receipts in the metropolitan areas that house pro sports franchises."
- The Basketball Jones, half-naked in Chicago delirium, and hilarious.
- Rockets big man Patrick Patterson takes to Twitter for bug indentification.
- Experts discuss when and where it is good to impose deadlines in negotiations. Time pressure can backfired, and there's an anecdote to that effect from Northern Ireland, where tight deadlines can deny parties the time they need to talk their constituents into taking the deal. In other words, maybe Stern should have given the players union three weeks to take that deal ... in that amount of time players would have missed paychecks, and maybe they'd talk each other into taking this deal.
- Some funny guy posing as writer Cormac McCarthy does an amazing job reviewing NBA players' favorite restaurant.
- Ted Leonsis on the "occupy" movement. Or, a one percenter on the 99.
- J.R. Smith rattles home a game-winning 3 in China.
- NBA player Jeremy Lin makes a very handy video about how to get into Harvard.
- Tyson Chandler says the CBA on the table would effectively prevent him from returning to the Mavericks. This can be seen as terrible, but it's also precisely what fans of competitive balance want.
- When Bryant Gumbel made that "plantation" comment, I saw it in the context of a William C. Rhoden book. Now Rhoden proposes how things could be different.
- How are you feeling about your local owner? I genuinely think one reason owners need players is to be liked. Dan Gilbert and Mark Cuban ... these people are not likable celebrities without the NBA and its players. Genuinely believe a powerful tactic for players to take in these talks would be to refuse any and all public appearances on behalf of the team, including picking up the microphone to welcome fans back before the first game of the next season, whenever that is. What owner would want to face that crowd? Owners and players need to appear like they're on the same team, which will requite negotiating that way, too.
- Magic Johnson says there was only one time he ever thought about dying.