NBA Lockout: Unemployment hits home for professional ballers

For most of us desperately searching for jobs or working for pennies, the fight between the billionaires and millionaires of the NBA makes us sick to our stomachs. But the NBA lockout has finally brought unemployment home for the ballers.

Word circulated the web back in July about unemployment benefits for professional players after Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson tweeted, “I wonder if I can file for unemployment?”

For obvious reasons the backlash on Twitter was huge. Unemployed people who were not making millions of dollars pre-unemployment felt reasonable anger at the professional baller’s comment.

The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer even went so far as to ask an expert whether this was possible. He said it was not due to the NBA not being in season. However, now that games have been cancelled that door has been reopened. Players may be able to apply in November. No word yet from NBA players whether they will do so.

But one thing is for sure, this lockout is giving some NBA players a different perspective. Boston Celtics player Delonte West even got a part-time job at a furniture store.

Unfortunately, this lockout will impact much more than the players, coaches and fans. It will probably lead to huge decrease in seasonal jobs and hurt local economies in NBA towns. Industries related to professional basketball including hotels, restaurants and sports bars will also be effected.

Never thought my struggle with finding a job would be comparable to the NBA, but here it is. What do you think about the NBA lockout and unemployment?


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