By Sports Illustrated
Ty Lawson recently posed an interesting thought on his Twitter account. “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.