NBA Players Looking to Get More Pampering
Sure the season is a grind. I understand the fact that moving around from city to city every few nights can get exhaustive. But let’s face it, NBA players, you have a great life to work with and get well compensated for it.
Now the NBA is considering giving the players more time off at the All-Star break. The season already goes from late October/early November until June for playoff teams. Now a week off makes that go on forever. It is an eight and a half month season.
What do you get now? Well you get first class flying accomodations on high quality airlines, you have your meals paid for, you get five star hotel stays and many more perks in your job. Surely, you can live on four days off in February instead of eight days off.
From the Miami Sun-Sentinel
The move, which would give players seven days off between games in mid-February, would result in an increase of one or two back-to-back sets per team for the coming season, a party familiar with the process said.
“That’s the model they’re using right now while they’re filling in the schedule,” an NBA source familiar with the process told the Sun Sentinel Friday. “Could they go back and use some of those dates if needed? That’s possible. But the week off looks like what’s going to happen.”
The release of the 2014-15 NBA schedule has been pushed back into August to allow the league’s television partners to adjust for the dramatic shakeup created by free agency, including the shift of LeBron James from the Miami Heat to Cleveland Cavaliers.
With the elongated All-Star break, the possibility of then starting the 2015-16 season a week earlier also has been deliberated recently, although that dynamic has yet to gain traction, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation, with such a move potentially requiring an adjustment in the collective-bargaining agreement.
This is for the 2014-15 schedule and it is all about continuing a news cycle for the NBA all year.
It must be tough having those working conditions with the paltry salaries they get.