Former New York Knicks head coach Jeff Van Gundy fears there will be a loss of interest in the NBA if the lockout continues. The NBA had a very successful 2010-2011 season, and Van Gundy believes fan will not return if games are lost.
Slam Magazine: “We don’t know. But neither do the people that are covering the lockout, or participating in the lockout,’ he replied. ‘No one knows. If history is the best predictor on future behavior, the support will grow back eventually. But will it be to the same level? I just don’t know. I think sometimes you get a bit carried away with your own issues and don’t notice what’s happening on the outside.”
Unlike the NFL, the NBA cannot risk losing a season since fans are always gaining and losing interest. The NBA has the ability to become one of the most popular sporting leagues in the world, but this lockout is impeding that process.