President Obama Urges NBA To End Lockout

Wednesday October 26th, 2011

During an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno this week, President Barack Obama reiterated that he was “heartbroken” about the NBA lockout, and urged the two sides to come to an agreement the same way that the NFL players and owners were able to this summer.

 “Well, look, if you look at the NFL, they were able to settle theirs,” Obama told Leno. “And I think they understood.  Players were making millions of dollars.  Owners, some of us are worth billions of dollars.  We should be able to figure out how to split a nine-billion-dollar pot so that our fans, who are allowing us to make all of this money, can actually have a good season.  And I think the owners and the basketball players need to think the same way.”

Obama, a noted basketball fan, has said on several other occasions that he was “a little heartbroken” over the NBA lockout. The league has already cancelled its preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season due to their ongoing labor dispute. Unconfirmed rumors have swirled over the past week that the league is planning on cancelling two more weeks as well.

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