There is an old saying that states; ‘lockout situations are the best ones because they give players the chance to work harder’. The reality of this statement is that, in the big leagues, these situations are not so rare. Therefore, it is important to learn more about how these situations occur, and whether players can be trained to avoid them.
A lockout situation occurs when the league office is unable to reach a deal with the owners on a new labor contract. The league must then go into lockout, meaning that no game or practice can be held between the scheduled start of play and the conclusion of the match. This usually happens when the owners do not reach an agreement on a salary cap increase, a player’s share of basketball-related income, or any other topic that would result in increased revenues for the league. Most owners will agree on one of the above topics, if not all three. If an owner does not agree on a change to the rules, he or she will have the right to appoint the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations as the sole representative of the team owners.
As a result of this meeting, players will be notified of the changes by an official announcement from the league. Most players will know the date that their schedules are going to be changed and the exact time of the change, which will help them prepare for the lockout. They will also receive a letter from the league explaining the terms of the change. The letter should be signed by the league’s executive vice president of basketball operations and should indicate that the lockout is to begin immediately. The letter will not provide specific information about the length of the lockout. It is common for the letter to state the exact date, which is usually around four weeks prior to the start of regular season play. Most players will find out as soon as the letter is received that their schedules will be changing and their availability will be affected.
A lockout situation occurs in a variety of circumstances. If a team cannot reach a fair agreement with its owners, a lockout may be necessary. Sometimes the owners refuse to agree to new revenue sharing plans, and in other situations the owners fail to reach a reasonable agreement. In either case, the lockout will last until an agreement is reached between both sides. When this occurs, the owners may lock out the players for a period of time before allowing them back into the court.
There are a few ways to train players to handle lockout situations. First, they can learn how to handle themselves during these types of situations and how to maintain a level head in the face of a difficult situation. Second, coaches can instruct players on how to manage their anger when faced with an interruption from the owner.
Lockout situations can occur to both players and coaches. For players, this can be difficult because they need to focus on what they are doing during practice or games, while coaches are dealing with the problems of the players and the league. Fortunately, there are training programs that can be used to help players gain a better understanding of the concept and how to handle such situations.