Only 105 days until the college basketball season. At least I know how many days remain. NFL and NBA fans…not so much.
Today, the NBA joined the No Fun League in labor hell, which is the first time I can remember that the future of 2 leagues were in question at the same time. I don’t think we’ll ever see a complete season lost, like the NHL suffered a few years ago, but the word from people in the know is that both will likely see shorter seasons next year, although the NFL may be getting closer to an agreement. (Or not, depending)
If you ever wanted to know why I’m a college sports fan, this is a big reason why.
I know that in 106 days, the Murray-State Racers will play their annual Blue-Gold game, and the entire OVC will begin practices. And that soon after that, the season will kick off with “preseason” tournaments (that count towards the season…) and that in March, the 2nd greatest event in sports (The Super Bowl is greater) will kick off with the “First Four” in Dayton. I know these things because the NCAA can’t lock out it’s players. Because the players aren’t “paid”.
It’s so hard to feel sympathy for either side in these labor disputes. They’ve trying to figure out how to divide billions of dollars in revenue, while still charging an entire day’s worth of work for a single ticket.
So where as I’m waiting impatiently for my season to start, NFL and NBA fans are left wondering when their seasons will start. And that’s all most care about in the end. We don’t care about who makes what. We don’t care which side is being slighted by the other. We want to see the game played at it’s highest level. I think that makes us the only ones.