It appears that the NBA is headed to a lockout. The referees and the NBA can’t come to an agreement. It may not be the only sport that suffers a lockout. The NFL, the world’s most successful league, is on the verge of a labor dispute which may result in a lockout. All of this follows on the heels of the NFL’s labor dispute from a few years ago. And just recently was the 15 year anniversary of the MLB labor dispute.
Four major sports, 4 lockouts all within recent memory.
Part of it is greed. Greed of owners, greed of players, greed of fans, greed of our hearts. But part of it is just the nature of the world we live in. We have bought into the idea that money is the answer to all our problems. Yet the more money we get, the more we fight over it.
In the case of the NFL, neither the players nor the owners have ever had it better. Yet both want bigger pieces of the pie. It’s hard for most of us to relate to these arguments because many of us would gladly do their jobs for free, let alone millions of dollars!
Yet for most of us, we can understand being consumed by money and things. We get angry that we don’t get a raise. We become jealous when our friends get cooler things than we have. The hardest thing for me, about being unemployed, is seeing things I want, and not being able to get them.
If we aren’t careful, greed and money pave the way for us to think that we should always get it “my way.” That somehow just because it’s “my way” makes it right. The irony is, “my way” is often a path towards failure and defeat.
If the NBA and the NFL have labor issues, maybe they will recover. But maybe not . In either case, they will display, for all of us, just what happens when you allow greed to become synonymous with “my way.”