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The True Cost of The NBA Lockout

It is not difficult to imagine an insidious war being waged against ordinary Americans. An economic recovery stalled by corporations sitting on billions of dollars unwilling to invest in America and American workers, A jobs bill pushed aside by an American Congress embroiled in partisan warfare and now the NBA lockout.
Quoting ConcordMonitor.com, NBA owners will lose $1 million on average for every game canceled because of the lockout, and players will lose an estimated $350 million a month. The pain, though, may be more acute for thousands of people with no seat at the bargaining table.”
The true cost of the 2011 NBA lockout is the loss of thousands of jobs for workers dependent upon the NBA. The parking lot attendants, concession stand workers, staffers at bars & restaurants, hotel workers, workers whose wages are close to minimum wage, workers most often dependent upon tips, workers who can least afford the NBA lockout.
The sobering reality is perfectly captured in this quote from USAToday.com, “Bars, restaurants and hotels will go quiet. Parking spots will go unfilled. And the workers who help make basketball a big event in 30 cities will wonder how long they can get by without it. “I’m worried that my money situation is going to change — a lot,” said waitress Zuly Molina, who works at a Hooters at the Bayside complex next to the Miami Heat’s home arena. “It was a lot better last year. We had business before every game, during every game with people who couldn’t get tickets watching in here, then after every game. Now it’s gone, except for when they have a concert or something like that.”
News pundits and comics make jokes about the NBA lockout, viewing it as an opportunity to poke fun at the foibles of wealthy individuals who haggle over the spoils of their sport. News pundits and comics seemingly ignorant that the NBA lockout affects thousands of Americans across the US of A. Thousands of Americans who most likely have barely made it through the Summer of 2011, once hopeful that their Fall and Winter job(s) would ease their economic woes.
Pardon those thousands of Americans if they raise a one finger salute when the NBA wishes them “A Merry Christmas.”

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