Fans calling foul over NBA’s workload management
For the second time in his tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers, newly acquired star Kawhi Leonard missed the back end of a national televised back-to-back game, which is being referred to as “load management.”
Following Leonard’s absence for the second straight week, the public, and sports most notable media critics wasted no time voicing their concerns, or in few cases, support of player workload management.
From a team perspective, I honestly understand why it makes sense and how a player missing up to twenty-five percent of the regular season could pay off in the long run, especially a team projected to make a deep run into the playoffs, but nothing at the professional level is guaranteed. From a fans perspective, I hate it and feels like a finesse move to the consumers, especially the ones who are buying pricey tickets to attend the game.
Let’s put it in perspective, have you ever booked a trip to the annual family gathering that’s been much anticipated for months, just to find out your favorite family member wasn’t going to be there? Or maybe you were late clocking back in from lunch because you fell victim to Popeyes new Chicken Sandwich craze just to be told “sorry we’re out.” Whatever the case may be, it doesn’t feel good to get shorted on your investment.
The main argument I see from those pro workload management is “protecting your star investments.” Sure, if we’re talking sitting out seasons…but we’re talking about missing GAMES, and if you’re really arguing missing a quarter of the season could potentially save a player in his prime long term, is just ludicrous. I mean if that’s really the foundation of workload management, then what’s the purpose of the offseason?
The phrase “you get what you pay for,” is nonexistent for NBA consumers, and that’s bogus. This ain’t baseball, checking a team’s superstar rotation shouldn’t be a part of my decision making process when investing in tickets.
Just like any other pro sport though, it’s a business at the end of the day, and what the NBA is telling us loud and clear, is that the goal of every NBA team is to win a championship, not appease every fan. Teams along with the NBA do their best to blend their priorities wherever possible, but sometimes it just isn’t doable.
There’s no clear cut solution to what transpiring and rapidly becoming popular among teams, so as consumers, whatever your angle may be, I think it’s fair to say that we can all agree to disagree, especially considering that this will be an ongoing and growing “issue” and thing of the future so our opinions will just be that, opinion.