labour negotiations are considered confidential. a casual bit of speculation is one thing, but stating as fact that there will be lockout, especially when you are someone that might be seen as having inside information, is a fairly serious breech. it might tip the media into publishing stories about it (which they did), it might give advertisers and sponsors a reaosn to bail on committments, it might drive away season ticket sales, and it all might be for naught if they resolve the labour situation.
cba negotiations are tense enough, and this one will be particularly tense. riling up the fan base, the media, and the sposors in the midst of that is actually a really big deal, and jackson deserves to be fined. i'd be surprised if any other players or other nba employees had said anything this definite about the situation, and even more surprised if that went by with stern doing nothing.
Last edited by 'trane; 04-15-2011 at 10:04 AM.
Reason: typo - damn wireless mouse keeps freewhile i am typing!!!