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It is now nearing the beginning of November, still the NBA has yet to take the court. As the lockout nears the beginning of its’ fourth month, only in recent days has any progress been made. But wait, NBA Commissioner David Stern is expected to make an announcement today!
Are we (the fans) in luck? Will he announce that a deal has been agreed upon? With reports that the sides are getting closer, this wouldn’t seem that far-fetched. But alas, in is not to be. I regret to inform that the announcement is expected to be concerning the cancellation of more games. Our fear that basketball wont begin until after Christmas (if at all this season) is one step closer to being realized.
The fact that in the past two days, the players union and the league and owners have met for a combined 22.5 hours may generate some optimism. But they have seemed close before, and still there is no deal.
Yesterday, both sides of the case Brady vs. the NFL finally had their day in court, only there was one thing missing: Tom Brady. Aside from the few heart-broken women outside the courtroom, I believe that NFL fans and players alike have real reason to be upset about this. Brady, along with fellow no-show Peyton Manning, could have added more credibility to the NFLPA’s stance by presenting a unified front and showing that the lockout isn’t only affecting the role-players, but also the superstars. So where was the man who lent his name to this critical case? As of this morning no reports have said. Perhaps he was canoodling with his supermodel wife. While I dare say that I understand how this would seem more appealing than a day in a federal courtroom, there is the question of responsibility. I feel by not appearing the 5 plaintiffs who were no-shows (especially Brady and Manning) let down both fans and players alike. The 2 aforementioned players are expected to be leaders on the field, but at this juncture I believe their leadership to be more critical off of it, and right now that is lacking. When asked where they were, NFLPA attorney Jim Quinn did little to ease people’s minds: “ I guess some of them had other things they had to do and be in different places, Quinn said. Meanwhile, probable first-round pick Von Miller, whose absence would have been understandable as he prepares for the NFL Draft, found it more prudent to attend the hearing. We can only hope that the absence of these key figures doesn’t prove detrimental to the players’ fight when Judge Susan Nelson makes her ruling.