Obama ever so slightly dipped his toe into the NBA lockout situation last night on The Tonight Show in much the same way as he had very little to say about the NFL lockout some months ago.
“I’m concerned about it. I think they need to just remind themselves that the reason they are so successful is because a whole bunch of folks out there love basketball.”
“And, you know, basketball has actually done well, but these kinds of lockouts a lot of times take a long time to recover from them.”
Unlike the NFL lockout, which Obama described as an argument between millionaires and billionaires, the problem with the NBA lockout is that there actually is a serious financial problem facing many of the franchises. The NFL was about dividing an increasing pot of money, while the NBA needs to find a way to restructure how the sport works so that the franchises can be financially viable. Obama should realize that this isn’t as “easy” as the NFL lockout and there are very serious issues that need to be resolved.
It’s a good thing that Obama hasn’t waded too far into this fight. What would be more worrisome is if Obama’s politicized National Labor Relations Board did.