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What Does the Lockout Mean to You?

I haven't posted in quite some time on this site, and quite honestly, that is really a function of just losing interest in the NBA on account of this lockout..... I am obviously a die hard Nets fan and love the team as much as you can love a sports team; and have been waiting anxiously for close to 10 years for Brooklyn to become a reality. And we actually are building towards a very quality core of players on this roster, which is starting to remind me of the Big 3 of yesteryear (Kidd, RJ, KMart) where it was impossible not to be excited about the roster. Perhaps I am drinking the Kool-Aid, but I think with the trade for Deron Williams, the continued growth of BLo, the Marshon Brooks draft pick, the outside shooting skills of Anthony Morrow, the evolution of Hump and the not so subtle comments by Dwight Howard about players he would like to play with, etc...this team really has the potential to be special. I have to temper that optimism however, as this lockout between owners and players has really started to cause me to lose interest as a fan. We are living in the midst of an incredible economic recession, which is only going to get worse in 2012, and we have millionaire players and billionaire owners arguing over how profitable the NBA is, and how many millions of dollars they are entitled to. Ultimately, the average fan will be priced out of attending games as ticket prices (and concessions, parking, merchandise, etc) continue to rise to pay for these inflated salaries for guys who are fortunate enough to play a game they love (or should love) as their profession. And it's a profession that pays them significantly more than the average American can hope to earn (and not just in a year, but for many, in a lifetime). Combined with the advancements in technology, the idea of watching a game from the comfort of your living room sofa as opposed to traveling to an arena where you are forced to deal with crowds and traffic and then commute home after the game (which is MUCH worse when you see an inferior product on the floor by well paid professionals who sometimes can't "get up" for a game) becomes a viable alternative. So as excited as I am by the future prospects of this Nets roster, I find myself having the least amount of interest in the NBA since I was 7 years old. Having discussed this with many friends (both Nets and Knicks fans), I find that most of my friends and colleagues find themselves in the same situation as myself. Perhaps it is my demographic (32 years old and more focused on my career and my soon to be fiance, than the prospects of a missed season), but I wonder if fellow Nets Daily readers/posters find themselves in the same position? I have essentially made up my mind that if there is a season missed by a year long lockout between owners and players, I will no longer have the season ticket package I have had since JKidd became a Net (I had just graduated from college). While I will still attend a handful of games a year, I will no longer be planning my winter calendar around Nets home dates. And perhaps the most ironic thing of all, is that I actually think a missed season would be the MOST beneficial thing to happen to this Nets team (you can check the archives for a post I authored on this particular topic). Would be very interested to hear your thoughts on the subject of a missed NBA season on account of a league wide lockout.
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