The Seattle ThunderSonics? With the good news that the NBA owners’ lockout of the players has been resolved, a couple of Canadian guys, J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas, were in Oklahoma City to interview locals about the news that, as part of the deal, the Thunder were moving back to Seattle as part of a “peace offering.”
As reported at USA Today, the article reads as follows:
|Oklahoma fans told Thunder are moving back to Seattle
By Alonzo Adams, AP, as reported in USA Today:
As a New York Times story this week illustrated, Oklahoma City loves and needs its NBA team, the Thunder.
It is not enough to say, “Welcome back, OKC Thunder! Welcome back, NBA!” Why not? In Oklahoma City, businesses which have their livelihood based on regular NBA seasons playing their regular preseason games as well as during the regular season, have been irreparably harmed and no remedy is present in the new agreement to make them whole. Regular employees and local businesses which are predicated upon the NBA preseason and regular season existing have lost substantial amounts of income and business and no remedy exists in the new agreement to make them whole, either.
Regardless of owner/player economic issues, the fans who buy tickets to these games and have been powerless to influence the outcome even though they are the singular group which drives the economic engine to make the owners make a profit and funds the players for their largesse player contracts.
And so it is that fan scars, perhaps deep, exist from this lockout which involved the owners and players dispute. The third leg of the stool, the fans and their funding for the latter, had no voice as a factor in that resolution.
Hopefully the Thunder organization will address those fan scars and will bump back the Thunder to the place that it was before the lockout when the Thunder were the winners of the Northwest Division. But don’t look for the Thunder organization to pay money to those business who lost income during the lockout or give something to the fans for enduing the senseless events which occurred since the end of the last season.
Not even an apology. Neither the owners nor the players have it within themselves to say, “I’m sorry,” to the fans and businesses which rely on business as usual. Whether the Thunder, and the NBA, will be as popular in late December 2011 as they were in May 2011, before the owners’ lockout began, remains to be seen … but my guess is that it/they will be.
In the meantime, a sense of humor is not a bad thing to have. I’ve looked for but could not find this lady’s dad’s website, exposure.com, she said …
Smiles are good.