It may not always be better to burn out then to fade away, especially not in circumstances were there is no guarantee of an end. After a long NFL lockout it appears as though the NBA is set to go through one of its own, although in the case of professional basketball all signs are pointing to it being a long and tedious year in which games are actually lost. The NBA simply cannot afford to lose a season at this point in time, and it could have a lasting negative sports betting effect if it does.
The NFL lockout will be considered acceptable for two major reasons. First, the NFL is popular unlike any professional sport, drawing more revenue and audience than baseball, basketball, or hockey at the highest level. Second, the NFL won’t lose any games if the lockout is lifted this week as planned, meaning that without a single preseason match cancelled the league will not lose a single dollar in revenue based on sports betting bonus attendances. The NBA on the other hand is in a different situation, especially considering their smaller markets. There is no comparison between the Green Bay Packers of the NFL and the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA, as one small market will consistently thrive while the other is very vulnerable. With college basketball, the rise of the NHL over the past couple of years, and the NFL, the NBA could be in major trouble for longer than just the immediate future in the event of an extended lockout.