Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 9:25 am  |  17 responses

Shane Battier: ‘We Can’t Afford to Lose the Fans’

Shane Battier cautions about the dangers of the NBA canceling games during the lockout. From WFAN (via SRI): “If he thinks a new deal will get done in the NBA: ‘I’m cautiously optimistic that we will get something done before missing any games. We all know what’s at stake. We can’t afford to go through what the NFL is going through and we can’t afford to lose the fans. I just think we have a perspective after going through this in ’99 that it’s in the best interest of everybody to hammer out a fair deal.’ On the things that are becoming an issue in the labor talks: ‘I don’t know the ins and outs of the flex cap. I think it’s a pretty clever term by Commissioner Stern. The main issues for us are the revenue sharing amongst the big market teams and the small market teams. That will really lead the discussion to what share the players will share with the owners. The league maintains that the revenue sharing is an internal matter and they will take care of it themselves. We think it’s a huge part of the bigger picture, the big collective bargaining discussion. Once we sort of see how the revenues are going to be split amongst the teams I think that will be a huge, huge advantage to getting a deal done.’”

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  • http://Yahoo! Spagett

    Spagett! I like you Shane, and I wish more players (and owners) realized the urgency of the NBA’s situation. They’ve got a beautiful thing going, and they’re about to throw it away.

  • Jacqueline Mitchell

    Shane is speaking the truth.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Max

    Shane for president!

  • bike

    If the owners and players play their cards right, fan loss could be kept to a minimum. The key is being honest and open during this dispute. If people get the impression that the owners are cooking the books and/or the players are getting greedy then be prepared to see at least a significant short-term drop in attendance. Both sides need to remember: perception is reality.

  • bull22

    he punked billy hunter when someone had to, and now he is saying that they can’t lose fans, iam sure not all players agree with hunter and want this done and get back to business. good for you shane, start putting pressure on everyone….

  • http://Yahoo! Chris Mullin’s Accent

    Billy Hunter has done a great job at making me not like him.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Totally agree with Shane on revenue sharing being part of the negotiations. I like the soft cap but maybe the luxury tax a bit should increase so Buss, Cuban, and Dolan have to be a bit more wise about the assets they assemble.

  • Remo Williams

    There’s not gonna be any NFL… The NBA should suck it up and stick it out for another year at least, valuable opportunity to gain some new fans instead of losing them.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    It’s telling that the owners view revenue sharing as an internal issue to be decided by them.
    Makes that whole “partnership” thing seems stupid, right?

  • amir

    it seems more of gap in mentality than anything else. just share and prosper together, jeez.

  • IndyB

    Preach it Shane.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Shane is the man.

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I’m convinced Shane could have gotten into Duke on academics alone. Smart man.

  • http://twolvesblog.com CT9

    NBA needs to get something done. I believe if this gets really bad, the NHL will over take the NBA in popularity.

  • Yesse

    Shane has fans?

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    Yesse: Yes he does. Just cause he’s not a highlight reel player doesn’t mean he’s not respected.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    When it’s really hot in Houston you need a fan… if not air con.