NBA Lockout 2011 News – What Is Going to Happen?

As you may know as a fellow sports fan you would know many football fans across the world have been struggling over the recent NFL lockout. And now NBA fans across the world will struggle with the new lockout of the National Basketball Association otherwise known as the NBA. Some ESPN and other professional sports writers and reporters are predicting that the 2011 NBA lockout is going to be a lot worse than the 2011 NFL lockout. Some of the reporters even go so far to say that the NBA may not even have a season this year. I wish this was not true but we have to face the facts, it is all about the money and how much everyone gets paid.

NBA Lockout 2011 News - What Is Going to Happen?

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Problem – First off what starts every lockout in the history of sports is the problem that somewhere someone is not getting paid enough throughout the ranks of the organization. It was up to me I would just have them play and just have a flat salary but that is not how the world works in every player is not of equal talent. And in this case the NBA 2011 lockout was primarily caused by the NBA officials and the NBPA (otherwise known as the national basketball players Association) So Let’s cut to the chase. The Problem is that the collective bargaining agreement has expired and the NBA players in the commissioners cannot come to an agreement. A collective bargaining agreement is the profit share between the players and the owners and all of the rules and obligations they must comply with. This is the same problem that happened the NFL the players in the commissioners could not agree on the collective bargaining agreement just like the NBA. Although rumor has it that the NBA collective bargaining agreement problems will be a lot tougher to settle the NFL’s disagreement.

I have many predictions about what will happen with the NBA lockout.

1. My first prediction is that the NBA lockout will get so bad that some of the players will not even want to play the NBA anymore. Some players may even want to play overseas to become national stars and I think some veterans that would have played in the NBA this year may retire so they don’t have to put up with anything related to the lockout. The NBA could lose most of its stars and become not nearly as competitive as it was in recent years. Dwight Howard recently stated that there is a chance the lockout is so bad he may go to play in China. Many other NBA stars like Deron Williams and many other players.

2. Another one of my predictions is that they will come to an agreement just like the NFL but it will not be the greatest agreement and some players may even want to leave the NBA to play overseas. Although it is still possible they could come to a perfect agreement where both sides … Read More

Sports Agent: “Show Me The Money”

The now famous quote, “Show Me The Money,” will forever be synonymous with the world of sports agents. Indeed it has become in many cases the principal motivator for those who aspire to become professional athletes. In a recent ESPN Magazine issue entitled “BUSTED”, 2010/2011 was cited as “The Most Scandalous Year In College Sports”. One of the most important discussions in sports today is whether or not college athletes should be paid as a result of the enormous revenue generated in college sports through television contracts and merchandising.

Sports Agent: "Show Me The Money"

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There are valid voices on all sides of the issue and hopefully the NCAA and all those who have charge of this most important subject will find effective ways to achieve equity for the players and the institutions they play for and whom give them valuable education. So what does “Show Me The Money” have to do with this… EVERYTHING! The powerful lure of a future worth millions of dollars have created and led today’s climate of rules violations and illegal activities in college sports. Everyone involved is culpable, athletes, coaches and yes the sports agent.

With a limited number of prospective professional clients and an even smaller number of those who will sign major lucrative contracts, to become a beneficiary of such an opportunity sports agents are on the prowl. They are often the principal purveyor of carrot dangling that leads to the Reggie Bush saga and those that seem to now be more pervasive than ever. As a newcomer to the fraternity of sports agencies, I know that there are many in this profession that are upstanding and outstanding and I credit them for doing great things for their clients and families. Unfortunately, as in all professions there are the others. Enough said.

My advice to aspiring athletes and their families as they navigate this world of “Show Me The Money,” is that anyone who is willing to do in direct or indirect violation of the rules of conduct do not have your best interest in mind. While they may show it to you now, they are putting you and your future at risk. It’s not worth it, no way, no how. You are the most valuable asset and an agent should be bound by those guidelines that will ensure your most promising career and not be willing to compromise in any way those things that will make you successful.

Choose an agent who will only “Show Me The Money” when the time is right!… Read More