Let me start this off by saying I am a huge sports fan, especially basketball. However, after talking with my dad (who hasn't cared for the NBA since Jordan retired in '98) and a couple others, I can understand why they wouldn't care for it. I have also noticed a decline in interest in the NFL (I am one of those who are starting to not care for pro football). Here are a few reasons why they feel the way they do about professional basketball and football.
Superstars are not treated fairly. It's one thing to give the better players the benefit of the doubt, but NBA officiating has gone over the top. Those players got to their elite status by playing by the same rules as everyone else, and if they are so great, why is the game suddenly made easier for them?
It's soft. Hard fouls are now called flagrant or intentional instead of just a normal foul. These guys weight lift and get in peak physical shape so they can handle contact. They are GROWN MEN, stop babying them. It's a contact sport, get back to the physicality that ruled the 80's & 90's (IMO the best decades of the NBA).
Player's attitudes. Players are starting to come off as narcissistic, spoiled, overpaid brats. They feel the need to whine at an official every time a call doesn't go their way. They look more like a 5 year old at the store that couldn't get the toy they wanted. Players are supposed to play, coaches handle talking to the refs. It's so annoying to see every instance of contact and a player throwing his hands up and yelling at the ref, instead of continuing to play.
It looks rigged. It's as if every game the officials are on the phone with the league office determining who to officiate in favor for. If you barely touch LeBron it's a foul, however, he is one of the most aggressive defenders and averages like 2 fouls a game? Are you kidding? Do I really need to say anything else? I like LeBron alright, but the league is going overboard. They have overreacted ever since the Malice at the Palace.
And the Hornets winning the draft lottery, honestly, who thinks that wasn't rigged? They are making up for CP3 leaving, and it was probably the only way to get a new owner.
There is little to no diversity. The NFL and MLB both have a lot of diversity. There are many Hispanics, Asians, Blacks, and Whites (especially in baseball), but for some reason the NBA is about 95% black. I'm not saying draft other races just for the sake of it, but why does everyone think that black guys are SO much better at basketball than everyone else? Don't accuse me of racism, I have more black friends than white and they all feel the same way about this.
I think that each team should have 2-3 D-League teams and utilize them like how baseball does with their farm systems. At least give more guys a chance, which is all they really want. Also using the MLB draft rules would be great. Coming out of high school is fine, but if you go to college, you have to go 3 years. That would be perfect for basketball.
It is nothing like the way it used to be. It's very soft, almost to the point of looking like soccer, there are way too many rules, and the commissioner is a douche.
You can't hit QBs or WRs too hard, which is ridiculous. They get paid MILLIONS and MILLIONS of dollars, and last I checked, no one is holding a gun to their head making them play. They know the risks of playing a collision sport.
I know superstars run the league, but people also like the excitement of a backup coming out of nowhere like Matt Cassell or Matt Flynn.
What do you think? Are you losing interest in pro sports or can you understand why some people are?