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Did The Lockout And The Loss Of Michael Jordan Have A Negative Effect On The NBA Disputes between the NBA Players Union and owners extend deep into January of 98 the NBA season was shortened to a 50 game schedule due to the disputes between the two groups and the lockout of the players by the owners Before the beginning of the shortened season on February 1 of 1999 many experts predicted a number of negative effects to the NBA as a result of the labor disputes Among these were a decrease in attendance less support by the fans non-competitive games by players that are out of shape and a season that wouldnt be as entertaining as people or the media were used to However after searching through the data It is my opinion that the labor dispute has caused certain situations that have actually benefited the NBA both players and owners These situations that have been beneficial to the league include the rise in free-agency moves the shortened length of the season and the retirement of the best player ever to play Michael Jordan The primary concern of league authorities after the lockout was how to keep the fans interested They had known from previous strikes in other leagues that these had very bad effects on attendance In fact a study found that overall fan participation has drastically exceeded expectations and has even increased from the past year The most significant figure deals with the NBAs historical attendance figures where the average attendance in recent years 94-98 has been around 14900 this years average clearly contends with an average attendance of 14912 Evans 41399 From the perspective of an economist one must ask why these stats occur The answer is indeed due to the lockout With a shortened season teams are forced to play 50 games in 90 days This is extremely different than the normal seasons 82
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