Nets, Knicks Season-Ticket Holders Call For Full Refunds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Fans and local business owners are calling on the NBA to get its act together.

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Sen. Malcolm Smith joined disgruntled fans as well as Nets and Knicks season-ticket holders outside Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to sign a petition calling for full refunds with interest and demanding an end to the standoff.

Restaurant and tavern owners, along with other city merchants and vendors are also voicing their frustrations, claiming they have lost more than $1 million in revenue due to the cancellation of the pro basketball games.

If David Stern and Billy Hunter don’t come to an agreement in the next few weeks, Smith said he will hold a national “Day of Solidarity” on Dec. 11 calling on other cities, such as Los Angeles and Chicago, to organize protests outside NBA arenas.

Smith added that if the lockout continues past that date, he will call on full refunds on all season tickets whether or not the games are eventually played.

nba lockout petition Nets, Knicks Season Ticket Holders Call For Full Refunds

Sen. Malcom Smith signs NBA petition on Nov. 23, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Earlier this week, Michael Goldberg, the executive director of NBA coaches association, wrote a letter to the NBA, the players’ association and players stressing that the upcoming season must be saved.

1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports

Last week, the players’ association rejected a proposal by the league for a new labor deal and disbanded the union, paving the way for players to file two antitrust lawsuits.

  • Markstripes

    If the owhers and players don’t both get their acts together and agree to come back to work, they are liable to “kill the golden goose” that is the NBA. Nationally, you have major corporations going “belly-up” one after the other, and both the players and owners are looking for guarantees that they’re going to make a killing?! They need to get back to reality and realize how fortunate they are to be in a position to get rich playing a kid’s game.

    The players need to accept the fact that the last business model, in which a majority of the owners lost money is not sustainable, and the owners need to acknowledge that the only ones making concessions have been the players. Recognize that you are both business partners. Understand that, continuing to take a hard-line stance here could jeopardize the very existance of the NBA, which is just another corporation that could go “belly-up.

  • Markstripes

    If the owners and players don’t both get their act together and get back to work, they are liable to “kill the golden goose”, which is the NBA. You have major corporations going “belly-up” during this recession, and here you have billionaires fighting millionaires! If they’re not careful, nobody will be making any money. The problem is that everyone is looking for a guarantee that they are going to make money. Well, in these economic times, guarantees are simply not plausable. 50% is a lot better than 100 % of nothing.

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