Oh, please, David Stern. Please, please, please.
I can live with him expressing concern -- serious concern -- that the 2011-12 NBA season is in real jeopardy of disappearing altogether, now that the players have again called Stern's (and the owners') bluff and rejected their latest offer, while at the same time moving to decertify their union. That will throw the entire mess into the courts, and who knows what happens after that.
But saying the NBA is about to enter "nuclear winter" is histrionic even for Stern. Nuclear winter is an end-of-all-life-as-we-know-it concept. The NBA missing an entire season hardly qualifies, particularly when you consider how many people out there routinely ignore the NBA until football's over, and how many others never start paying attention until the playoffs begin.
And that's not even counting the great numbers of people who never tune in the NBA at all, LeBron and the Miami Threatles be hanged.
This isn't to say an NBA season gone dark won't have a serious impact on all the vendors and arena workers and bars and restaurants who thrive on the business game nights generate. But the players will be fine, and the owners will be, too, considering they were ones who shut this down to begin with.
Which, come to think of it, makes you wonder just how broken the NBA business model actually is. If you have the wherewithal to close your doors for an entire season, how much money can you actually be losing?