Thank you, Blaqfist...
Very interesting and insightful perspective.
Of course, an argument can be made that NBA players are a combination of both - product and employees. But I see your point.
I just have real problem with all that Power Plays involved, all the overtones/undertones and how this does not compare with other sports or whatever can reasonably be called their "job description".
Maybe Stern should unveil that part of their "job description" that requires this Dress Code. That and the actual common sense behind it...
In my job, I'm required to wear shirt & tie. But, considering the nature of my job, and the instances when we don't have to uphold the highest image via clothing due to less actual contact with the public, my "uniform" has some flexibility that is tailored towards what I'm actually doing on a given day.
So the question becomes: What are the players doing, day in and day out, when they merely come and go to games? What makes it necessary for them to dress up so much? Their contact with the public is minimal. When they have autograph signings, those are hardly in shirt and tie. And, hell, they are athletes. It's their job to be "athletic". So what's really up with that?