very informative article. Although i think people are tying "winning"
with "financial success" too closely when talking about teams. You
clearly don't have to be a good team to stay in business. The obvious examples
to that are the Clippers and the Timberwolves. Are they struggling? I'm sure
they are, but I don't think they're on the verge of folding. From what I've
heard, the Clippers owner is pretty frugal and he doesn't really care that his
team isn't competitive because they are decent enough to bring enough money in
to stay afloat. Competitively speaking, its not what any fan wants to hear, but
financially speaking, its actually not a bad rule to follow. Not saying I'm for
that model of sports business, just pointing it out that it is possible to have
a consistently bad team and not go bankrupt. The best two teams to counter argue
the point of winning=success are the Lakers and Spurs. Spurs are considered a
small market, they have 4 rings in 10 years. Lakers spent the most last year and
didn't get make the finals. Just something to think about.
The owners need to hang tough and get it fixed. Follow the money
and it in most cases it leads to championships....at least that is the only way
you have a shot at getting a championship.Hard cap would be sweet.
Non-guaranteed deals would be even sweeter.If we could have had
those 2 things in place along with LHM and Jerry Sloan I think the results would
have been different here.This organization and other small markets
have been operating with the equivalent of 1 1/2 good players tied behind their
back. Always in the position of having to have literally everything go their
way to even have a shot.Normally I am a free market guy and I
certainly am in the real world but with these sports leagues you have to have
some socialism in order for them to work. If all the bad teams failed you would
have a 4-6 team basketball league (those in big markets) and how many people get
interested in that? Exactly zero national interest which may result in the
entier market disappearing.Personally I'm enjoying alot of NFL now.
Awesome sport and league.Are you listening NBA?
Stand firm owners even if it costs the NBA an entire season.
I'm with the owners all the way on this one! It's time for players to realize
that loyalty is important, that they are filthy rich enough and get them to
think for themselves. they're all the agents little puppets! And also I wish
they would got back to the rules before Mj left. After he left they called
double the fouls because they thought more fouls would mean more points and that
would be exciting. This is why Kobe scores so much, half of his points come at
the foul after jumping into a defender!
I watched a Barclays Premiere League game last night and really enjoyed it. A
little soccer here, a little college bball there, toss in a hockey game every
now and then and on other nights I might just read or watch a classic movie.
Perhaps I'll take a class or go watch a high school game. I'm starting to see
that becoming addicted the NBA regular season gets one in sort of a rut in the
first place. Believe me, the world didn't come to an end when the Raiders left
LA. Nobody really cares after a (very)short time and you never hear the topic of
an NFL team come up in general conversation. So fight it out, you greedy owners
and players. You are about to find out who really pays all of you and it might
not be in the most positive way.
I am amazed at how personal some of the fans are taking this lockout. You have
every right to feel hurt and hatred towards the NBA, but some of you are little
extreme. For me, however, I see this as part of correcting a bad business deal
from ten years ago. This will be absolutely painful for both sides. Once you
give your kids candy and then you try to take it away you are going to have a
temper tantrum.love watching the NBA and I find it a very exciting sport
to watch. When it returns I will continue to watch. Do I feel the owners and the
players are trying to stick to the fans? No. What I do want is a system where
all teams can compete for a title. Therefore, I would side with the owners on
what they are trying to get out of the new CBA.Some of you want a
shortened season, I agree it is long, that is what my wife says every year. But
if you shorten the season the ticket prices are guaranteed to go up. Less
games=less revenue. To maintain the current standard ticket prices rise.
It's rather interesting that this: "Money always wins in the NBA" is
the bottom line of this article.We have two groups of greedy people
fighting against each other.However, the third group, which is the
largest and most important, are the fans who pay all the bills and provide the
profits.People laugh, but the only true solution is for the ones who
ultimately make out the greedy people's paychecks to go on strike.I
personally have watched my last Jazz game, or that of any other NBA team.I'm not just on strike, I've filed for divorce and have been granted a
final decree from my rocky and much too long marriage to the NBA.I've witnessed my last slam dunk against the fans.
the owners played this thing way smarter than did the players. When the owners
showed up to the bargaining table they had a proposal. The players proposl was
the owners soften their stance. The next time to the table the owners got even
more while again throwing out an offer unpalatable to the players.the players have become the party of no.they have lost the pr
battle and are in line to lose another battle in the courts
As a Jazz fan, I really hope the players don't have a valid lawsuit. I'm okay to
take a season or two off if it means the Jazz can compete and remain in Utah for
a long time. If the players successfully sue the owners and get the salaries
they would have made from games missed during the lockout and maintain a similar
collective bargaining agreement as before then we are done with professional
basketball in Utah.
Shortening the season to 70 games is a bad idea. It would be like having the
four-day work week fiasco the state of Utah tried out. Anyone in management
knows you can't teach commitment. If a player slacks off during an 82 game
season and wants 70 instead, then he'll also slack off during a 70 game season
and call for 58. It is amazing on the other hand that during contract years the
players always magically play tough for the entire season. The
reasons the NFL is so successful:Hard-capNon-guaranteed
contractsHarsher penalties when players are out of line (hearing NBA
players complain about a DRESS CODE AT WORK is absurd). The NBA is an
entertainment business. Tiger Woods is a good example of the PR the NBA players
are attempting. They don't understand brand management. When Tiger cheated on
his wife his sponsorship money went way down. What do you think happens to the
NBA brand when players are shooting guns, getting arrested, and knocking up
women?Actions have consequences and the players have been living in
a fake world for too long not to know this.
i dont know...im not an expert...but why not sell the NBA as a whole...as a
Merchandise...Network TV and/or Cable can pay the NBA...for rights to show
games...and divided to all Teams....as well as the tickets sold the entire
season...and of course a hard cap...and lowering the salaries...i mean...5M
dollars a year..anyone could live a good life for 5M a year...this is a sad
part...for guys who were raised from poverty and suddenly they are
millionaires...it gets into their brain...and they will waste away their money
to buy a customed bentley...it would be sad if the Millers have to sell the
Jazz...but if they do...i'll remain a fan of that team...
Gambling and money has ruined professional sports. Many only watch because they
have bet money on a game, and afterwards, cannot remember who played, or often,
who won. Real sports enthusiasts are the most basic component of any teams
support, I believe, and if the NBA continues to alienate them, they are doomed
to fail. Boredom with pro basketball comes from efforts to change the game to
market it more extensively. I think people want genuine stories of real people,
not hyped up athletes who get preferential treatment.
Let the players go to Europe and Asia and once they get there, let them stay.
christophWhere did you come up with these changes? Make the seasons
70 games. Players and coaches tend to believe this would allow them to play
healthy throughout the year and increase the entertainment value of each game.
Single game elimination playoffs? No. Do they need to shorten the series?
Yes, from the fans view. The thing is, the NBA and teams make more money for
more games they play. This is why you ALWAYS see expansion in playoffs
throughout sports. Last of all, $50,000 a year for coaches? It would be better
for you to know more about the subject before you comment on it with arbitrary
numbers. I don't think anyone would coach for so little when so much pressure
is put on them because of the potential money winning gets teams.
I think 22 out of 30 teams have been losing money for some time---translation:
basketball is boring and dull and fewer people go to the games; no excuse to
keep an 82 game season during the 2007-2009 recession. Cut it to permanent 45
game season with single game elimination playoffs (like college)--Dec thru April
season, coaches and refs make $50,000 a year.
Good article and very truthful, however that said I am ready to accept a
"no season" in the NBA this year and maybe next. The reason for this