Originally Posted by Chris F
It it were true capitalism than the players would not be able to unionize and force the hands of the greedy owners. The real problem is not the player or the owners it is the fan who shovel the money into it and cause them a reason to whine.
The same could be said for many industries.
I'm not the biggest fan of unions, and they can be just as greedy and corrupt as anything else in this world. Heck, even in this case some people could make the argument that Derek Fisher (head of the players union) doesn't have the long term interests of the players in mind because he's at the end of his playing career. However, I will say that professional sports and most other unionized industries are typically FAR apart in terms of how replaceable the "workers" are. For example, it's a lot easier to teach somebody how to work on an assembly line in Detroit making cars than it is to be one of the 450 men in the world who get to put on an NBA jersey every season.
I get your point though, and I can't say I disagree with anything you said.