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July 18, 2011

Unemployment? Not yet, anyway

Former North Carolina basketball star Ty Lawson tweeted an interesting question concerning the NBA lockout:

"I wonder if I can file for unemployment.''

So we asked. Can an NBA or NFL player currently apply for unemployment due to the lockouts in each sport? The short answer is no, not yet anyway.

Larry Parker, a spokesman  for the N.C. Employment Security Commission, sent the following explanation in an email to the Observer:

"The answer right now is no, NBA players would not be eligible for benefits, mainly due to fact the NBA season is not in session. There is a reasonable expectation on the players part that they may play once the season begins.''

Certainly the league will reinforce that impression Tuesday when all 30 teams release regular-season schedules. Not that I believe all 82 of those Bobcats games will be played on the dates announced tomorrow. 

Posted by Observer Sports on July 18, 2011 at 05:06 PM | Permalink


The season will be lost. Everyone knows this.

Posted by: Jack Trenmer | Jul 18, 2011 10:27:23 PM

wouldn't they technically have to be seeking other employment? sitting around waiting for the nba owners to get their d's out of their a's and trying to f the s out of the game doesn't sound like it quite constitutes "seeking employment".

but that might just be my logical side talking.

Posted by: charlottean | Jul 19, 2011 9:22:26 AM

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