So now that the NFLPA successfully utilized decertification of their union and the threat of an antitrust lawsuit to force the NFL owners to actually come to the table with good faith offers to end the lockout, the overriding question I have it this: what the hell is the NBAPA doing?
I was discussing the NBA lockout the other day with a friend and we were mentioning how one of the biggest things we've both noticed is that how neither side--the owners and the players' union--seems to have any interest whatsoever in keeping the dialogue going to attempt to avoid this lockout. Instead, each side is playing chicken, confident that the other will blink first. The players are puffing up their chests with threats of playing overseas, while the owners seem confident that the large mass of NBA players are so financially irresponsible that they'll cry uncle once they miss their first paycheck.
This whole thing is ridiculous and downright maddening to any NBA fan. If the NBAPA really wants to get the owners' attention, the decertify the union already and file an antitrust lawsuit. Now. Don't sit around on your hands for another few months posturing in the media without taking any meaningful action. If you want to start the season on time next year, then it's the least you can do.
And while I'm semi-ranting, the actions of the owners and the NBAPA are only emblematic of a larger problem in our society, which has unfortunately taken over politics on a state and national level -- no one is able to reach a compromise in the name of the greater good. Nope, it's all about being right come hell or high water, the costs be damned. It's really sickening.