If a professional sports league cancels games and nobody is around to care about it, does it really matter?
An overwhelming 76 percent of respondents to a new scientific survey said they aren't missing the National Basketball Association during the work stoppage. The lockout is now 130 days old, with the first full month of games canceled, yet a majority of Americans haven't spent too much time crying in their beer over the bickering hoop stars. Only 12 percent are upset the games have gone away and another 12 percent couldn't get off the fence and come up with an opinion.
Race is a big dividing line in who is missing the NBA around the country. Only 8 percent of whites miss pro basketball, with 83 percent saying they don't care about the loss of games. African-Americans feel much differently, with 26 percent saying they do miss NBA games, and 57 percent who don't care, according to a scientifically conducted telephone survey of 1,179 registered voters nationwide by PollPosition.com
NBA owners have given the players a Wednesday afternoon deadline to take their latest labor offer or deal with a rollback of their paychecks according to commissioner David Stern.
Men and women have pretty similar opinions about not watching LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin. The survey reports 72 percent of men weren't upset about the postponed start to the NBA season, while 80 percent of women said they don't miss NBA games. Only 8 percent of the ladies want pro hoops back asap.
Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 are most brokenhearted about the canceled games. In the younger demographic, 29 percent say they're missing games, 53 percent are not, and 18 percent without a strong a point of view either way. Generation X misses the NBA games the least, with 83 percent responding that they couldn't care less about missed games, as opposed to 7 percent who do and 10 percent who had no opinion.
Granted, more Americans might miss hoops after the end of football season. But if these results are accurate, the NBA's labor and management better start a fast break.
Derek Fisher of the Lakers representing the NBA players and not happy with the latest offer.
David Stern's latest spin on the NBA labor talks.
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