Basketball season imploded as practical as possible, without a fine or crazy decisions about his degrove, without proposals and plans that the Euroleague President Jordi Bertomeu sort of promised to publish at the end of may and other attributes of feverish activity.
In fact, everything was decided on Saturday, when the most influential basketball players representing the players ‘ Union, to gently but firmly advised the Euroleague management about the reluctance to resume the season. After that Jordi Bertomeu did not even bother to vote and suggested that the clubs without the noise and dust to finish the season. The most sad and yet redeeming in this story is that there is absolutely nobody and nothing to blame.
To blame the players lack of professionalism and unwillingness to fulfill the contract against the background of General pandemic, the number of high-profile cases of players and the tragic losssuffered by CSKA Moscow — not only presumptuous, unethical, and just plain stupid.
According to a prior agreement between the players Union and the Euroleague, the basketball players in the case of the end of the season receive 80% of salary and 85% if season will continue. Don’t need to have a mathematical mind to understand — there is not a single player who for these 5% would want to put yourself in danger. Especially if he ends contract, and the League has no idea where and how to finish the season.
What should guide the athlete to put themselves at risk? Slogans and vital considerations of duty to the fans is not appropriate, in professional sports they are not cashed, and in the current situation and does sound blasphemous. Besides, think about it, that could be countered by the players of the Euroleague?
Last month we saw only a few timid initiatives, and that they came from clubs willing to host the matches, not the League, a burning desire to present at least a rough plan of action. It is logical to assume that if there were any developments, their implementation required large resources and effort from those that had the management of the Euroleague.
Without a clear strategy to venture another, and squabble with the players ‘ Union would be shaped by the suicide, especially given that the Euroleague does not affect them. All restrictions imposed on players in the Euroleague, is limited solely to the tournament, while full-scale sanctions — still the patrimony of FIBA, with the Euroleague remain strained relationship.
Increased risk to the health of the players and representatives of clubs, the stands are empty, vague strategy for the resumption of the season, a small amount of time to implement any venture — and for this Euroleague needs to have conflicts with players and the potential with FIBA? It sounds crazy.
Therefore, the decision Jordi Bertomeu to say “stand down, guys,” albeit not as intriguing as the promise to Adam silver to carry the NBA into a giant Disneyland, but the most logical.