In case you’ve been living in a cave for the past 153 days, you may not have heard of the NBA Lockout—with 153 days being the number of non-playing days. Players aren’t happy. They don’t make enough, they want more, they want more of the owner’s share (remember the NFL Lockout?) It’s sort of the same thing.
Apparently, these NBA players are more serious because they let the start of the NBA season come and go and wouldn’t agree to a deal. It does seem, however, the NBA and its players have come to some sort of deal. Starting December 9th, players can use training facilities but no talking to coaches or official NBA trainers and while the player’s union winds it all up so it’s all square and neat, the NBA expects four to five games to be played on of all days—Christmas Days. Merry Christmas NBA Fans!
So it’s settled but not all the fine details have been worked out.
The NBA and NFL Lockouts sort of remind me of using poor risk management plans in project management. I mean both the owners and the player’s unions knew the lockouts would come—they knew about the deadlines well in advance but yet, no risks were identified, prioritized or controlled much like they are in a risk management plan.
No project scope that said if this happens, we can do this or if that happens, we will do this. The plan of the NFL and the NBA seems to be just wait until the last minute.
What if Nike did that? What if Nike or Michael Jordan’s tennis shoe brand company said, “Hey we just don’t know how much everyone’s gonna weigh at game time, so we’ll wait and see. Wear some loafers or any old shoes.” But no, Nike and MJ shoes are on the ball here!
What if the stadium maintenance crews said, “No can do any clean-up of the turf for the NFL or make sure the floor is clean and shiny so we all can hear the noises those galloping shoes make when players halt, dribble and go for the three-pointer.” No, the maintenance crews are ready all day, every day.
Apparently there are some organizational teams who realize the importance of risk management where the actual athletes and their owners really don’t.
What’s up with that? Why couldn’t owners and dedicated unions reps have met well in advance of each of these lockouts to work something out? Oh, don’t tease me with rules. I hate rules when it comes to these kinds of things. You know those rules right? No owner or potential owner may talk to a player or potential player until the current season is over and no talks are allowed during days of the week that end in a “Y.” Gimme a break here. The players and the owners are the ones who drag this out and I’m stymied at why fans pay enormous ticket fees to watch and cheer these teams on.
For what I ask? Were they nice to you? Do they care if you have 4 mortgages on your home because you had to have those season tickets? Hell no! Do they care if you spent the off-season in search of your favorite player’s jersey (a signed one at that) and skipped the family vacation to pay for that jersey? Hell no! Do they care you made your daughter cry at her wedding because you insisted on having the reception in a sports bar during the playoffs? Hell no!
I say instead of allowing owners, union reps and players deciding on how to end lockouts or agree to disagree, it would be a great idea to appoint a committee of fans. That’s right fans and we could rotate those fans each year if needed. Fans could settle these messes in a snap and right quick! Now that would be a good risk management plan. Fans would decide well in advance who to cut and keep, how much money the players would get compared to owner profits. It would work so nicely.
Finally, I am a fan of the NFL and do love Football but I must agree with the master of the NBA (or at least he used to be) Charles Barkley who boasts NBA players are the best athletes on the planet. I agree Sir Charles—I mean these guys are constantly moving so you’re probably right. Unless of course you count the refs who have to keep up with you, they’re probably in pretty good shape too.
Well at least the NFL Lockout is over—well sort of anyway.