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NBA lockout: Lakers apologize to fans about shortened season

October 12, 2011 | 12:16 pm

LakersThe longer the NBA lockout persists, the more team apologies to fans will sound something too similar to those of us who have been in bad relationships. Consider the message from the Lakers' senior vice president of business operations Tim Harris, in the team's "Courtside Connection" newsletter about the NBA canceling the first two weeks of the regular season:

We're sorry to share that the NBA and the NBA Players Association have yet to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Unfortunately this means the league has had to cancel all regular season games scheduled through November 14th.

Rest assured both sides are working hard to get a deal done so that we can get back to what we all want most, the excitement of NBA basketball. In the meantime, we'll continue to keep you informed with updates as they become available.

We share your frustration and sincerely appreciate both your support and continued loyalty to the Lakers.


Tim Harris

Senior Vice President, Operations/CMO

To me, this is playing out like a difficult boyfriend/girlfriend endlessly apologizing and promising favors to their significant other over past misdeeds. The fans being the recipient don't want to fall for such empty promises and gestures, but they can't help but remember all the good times beforehand. It's good that teams, such as the Lakers, are addressing the issue rather than avoiding it all, even it comes off as forced and cliched. But fault all the teams for their owners in playing a part in delaying the season.


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