NBA Cancels First Two Weeks of Season
The fans are furious, but they're just the customer so they don't really matter. And fans don't make up their minds until after it's all over who was to blame. That blame is generally apportioned against the players depending on how many juicy quotes land in the media to the effect of backup punters complaining that now they'll have to feed Chow Chow real dog food. The blame is aimed at the league as a whole in proportion to how much of a season is missed. But if the game comes back strong afterwards, all the fury can dissipate. So the NFL strikes of the eighties is long forgotten, baseball's lost World Series faded with Sosa's and McGwire's swings.
The NBA announced today that at least the first two weeks of the 2011-2012 season will be cancelled, with David Stern saying that the players and owners are "very far apart on virtually all issues. ... We just have a gulf that separates us."
The odd thing is how muted the fan base is at the moment. But that might just be the normal indifference to November basketball.