An analogy on Part Two of the October 15 HEATcast compared the lockout to the bust out scene from Goodfellas. This version of collective bargaining goes like this ...
The NBA got 10 new owners as partners since the last lockout. Any financial problems, the NBA can go to these new owners.
Trouble financing NBA offices around the globe? They can call the new owners.
Trouble funding investment in digital properties for marketing? They can call the new owners.
But now the NBA's gotta come up with the owners' profit every year, no matter what, because they borrowed so much money to pay the NBA's inflated franchise prices.
Malice in the Palace hurting attendance? Eff you, pay me.
Low NBA Finals ratings after Michael Jordan's retirement reduced the TV revenue? Eff you, pay me.
Global recession, huh? Eff you, pay me.
And finally, when the NBA can't borrow another dollar from the banks to cover their paper losses, what do they do? They lock the players out and blow up the season.
Sonny Bunz, nightclub owner (Tony Darrow) as the NBA
Paulie (Paul Sorvino) as the Owners
Tommy DeVito, mobster setting fire to the nightclub (Joe Pesci) as David Stern