by John Morse
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NBA Players Anxiously Await NFL Lockout Ruling
NFL players and NFL fans have a lot at stake while awaiting the decision that U.S. District Court Judge Susan Richards will make in the coming weeks, but joining them will be NBA players and NBA fans.
The Heat’s Dwyane Wade echoed this sentiment by saying, “It’s unfortunate the two biggest sports leagues are going through this at the same time. Hopefully we can learn something from the way both sides have approached it.”
A ruling in favor of the NFL players would not only allow all parties to avoid a lockout, but it would work as a structured model for NBA Union Chief Billy Hunter to go down the same path. Of course if a lockout sticks in the NFL, the NBA owners would gain a dominant advantage heading into their negotiations this summer due to the well-known financial struggles of the league and the past disputes between players and owners. The NBA owners will obviously be watching closely as the NFL situation unfolds. The owners and players have not engaged in labor negotiations since the All-star weekend in February.
The NBA players remain supportive of the NFL players, but the NBA players recognize what it would mean if the NFL lockout was repealed.
Read more on how the two leagues affect each other here.
A Break Down of the Industries Effected by NFL Lockout
While a lockout in the NFL will undoubtedly have detrimental results for various markets, let’s look at just how much the following industries would be affected. Beginning with television, DirecTV would lose out on as much revenue as anyone else. The sole provider that offers every NFL game to its subscribers, DirecTV reeled in between $600 and $700 million last season, a mark that would be completely wiped out in the event of a lockout.
Others that will suffer losses are video games, specifically EA sports and the Madden series. EA sports is projected to lose $165 million in case of a lockout, 50% of their sales, despite EA sports still planning to release Madden 2012 in August of this year.
The most widespread effects will come at the expense of the NFL economy as a whole. Losses would include ticket sales, concessions, sporting goods, and the tourism associated by the games.
According to the national chicken council, on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays during the 17-week regular season, 5-10 million pounds of chicken were consumed. On Super Bowl Sunday of this year, there were 450 million wings consumed.
Read more on the industries that will be affected if the lockout continues into fall here.
Social Media Bringing Fans Together
It’s obvious why social media has been so successful in connecting people to common interests; it bridges distances and allows everyone to feel as if they are in synch with what’s going on. For San Francisco Giants fan Becky Dab, it‘s no different. Living 2,500 miles away, Becky always considered herself a Giants fan, but it wasn’t until she followed the team on twitter, that her passion for the team heightened. Becky indicated that twitter was successful in connecting her to the team, more than watching the game online or even on television.
The following article discusses the enhanced camaraderie through social media outlets such as facebook and twitter, allowing for unconnected fans to link up through their love for their teams. Furthermore, it examines the exposure that teams receive through wall posts and tweets involving specific teams, even for the non-sports fan.
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John Morse is serving as an SFC Sportswriter Fellow based in New Hampshire. He is finshing up a degree in Print Journalism at Hofstra University. John is a very passionate sports fan and the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins are his favorite teams.