Online Sports Betting on NBA Not Possible Yet

Published Sunday, November 13, 2011 -

Lock outs and disputes over fairness and wages can make sports fans and betting fans a just little frustrated. These temporary disruptions in the general pattern that most punters enjoy can also cause disruptions in cash flow for bookies who do well be the wagering.
The ongoing problem with NBA negotiations in order to stem the total cancellation of the season has become critical. NBA Commissioner David Stern is asking the players, what’s next?

The lockout is definitely affecting the sport as fans loose interest and turn to other sports to be interested in. Just as other sports organizations have suffered the same fate, fans have come back with renewed zeal.

The owners have put a final offer on the table. Union executive director Billy Hunter told Sports Illustrated: “It’s not the greatest proposal in the world, but I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership. So that’s what we’re going to do.” This final offer would salvage a 72-game season, starting December 15, enabling a little late but better late than never playoff. The players would have to surrender 12% of their salaries for the time lost by the owners. It’s a standoff for both sides with time on no ones side.

There is also a real risk of de-certification by the representing union. That means the players will no longer have union protection and become simple employees of the various teams. That could lead to even more legal implications which are protracted and expensive. Class action suits would be the players only other option. Every situation has its drawback mostly in the case for the players who need the game almost as much as the owners who may very well loose their entire season. Other games will fill the void for a while, but basketball is just so different from hockey.


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