Something wonderful is happening over at SBNation.com, our favorite sports blogging network (and fellow Dupont Circle neighbors). NBA fans and members of SB Nation from around the country are speaking up and speaking out against the NBA lockout. You can see all the links so far here and follow on twitter by using the hashtag #NBAFanVoice.
There was no such platform for fans to protest the last NBA lockout in 1998-99. But today, thanks to the Internets, Twitter and networks like SB Nation, fans and bloggers around the country can speak out — and the best ideas can be passed around and retweeted over and over. The ESPN/NBA/NFL complex may be powerful and it may be vast, but at least it is no longer the only voice on important issues like the lockouts.
So take a second and see what fellow fans are saying about the lockout. These are passionate, educated fans who care about the game and what it means to local communities and businesses. Remember that we, as fans and taxpayers, have kicked in nearly as much (if not more) as NBA owners into NBA stadiums — $2.9 billion public financing v. $3.2 billion private financing. This NBA lockout won’t merely affect our ability to enjoy professional basketball, it will have a devastating impact on some local workers and businesses.
Tomorrow, if the lockout is still going on, it’s time to move past analysis of the situation and step up our game. If all of the bloggers and fans concerned about how the NBA is treating its fans were to map out a game plan, we could make sure owners and players settled this thing. Both sides are counting on us to remain unorganized and apathetic. Let’s not make it that simple for them. Think about how we can make enough noise and draw enough attention to how wrong this lockout is that we force a compromise.
Next week, Sports Fans Coalition will be hosting a conference call for any fan interested in fighting back. We will discuss possible actions and map out a strategy to reclaim the NBA for fans. Stay tuned for details…