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Small-market NBA teams facing tough times

Published: Sunday, Nov. 20 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

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Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Checketts was the guy that said the lock-out was over they had an agreement. I wouldn't put too much stock in his ability to predict who will do what.

O-town, UT

NBA basketball is boring, period. There is no team concept. They came up with the defensive three second rule so you can't play a true zone defense. The college game is exciting, and teams have to be strong in all level of the games. There are no hack-a-shaq rules made to protect a star's weakness, and they don't make eight players on the court a sideshow to the main attraction of a one-on-one matchup.

I submit to you that life would be so much better without the Jazz. There would be a lot more attendance at college games. Youngsters would see technically sound basketball. We wouldn't have many players declining to play on the Olympic team. After the new rules, small market teams will be doomed to fail anyway. Increasing prices with decreasing performance, only a matter of time before fans stop going.

I agree with IMAN. Make a bid for the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Phoenix Coyotes. Those are some entertaining sports. I can't respect a sport that plays music by Nu Shooz during live action. I'd rather watch curling than the NBA--SERIOUSLY.

Cedar Hills, UT

I used to like the NBA but no more. Too many guys who came right out of high school and were paid 100 million right out of the gate. Unsustainable. Also if you notice the NBA has less and less who can actually shoot the ball anymore. Most players are just dunkers with big shoe contracts. Jimmer will be a throw back to the better days of the NBA. I have no interest in watching regular season games anymore and really don't even tune in until the later playoff rounds. Games are way too expensive and there aren't any great players anymore. I can't see the NBA coming out of this lost season on any sort of positive note.

Bountiful, UT

The only reason I go to Jazz games, 5 or 6 a year, is to see the talent from the other NBA teams. The Utah Jazz really is a backwater NBA town and never will have the horsepower of the Lakers, Heat, Celtics, etc. Franchises like the Jazz will really take a huge hit if the season is cancelled, HUGE!

chase SL
Salt Lake City, UT


The Jazz are going nowhere, they're staying right here in SLC. Most teams in the NBA have turned-in sluggish income statements the past few years, the latest CBA was terrible. The NBA won't settle on business as usual. On top of that, the Jazz have mismanaged their salary cap a little the past 2 years, they have already fixed that (thank you AK).

The future appears strong. We have a ton of good players, and an amazing fan base.

I repeat, the Jazz are going nowhere.

Logan, UT

LivinLarge, I don't know if you intended to, but you just stated everything that is wrong in the NBA. The large market teams have an incredible advantage over small market teams. Small market teams don't have much of a chance to keep the "stars" of the league let alone trying to get one via free agency.

I am not sure what will end up happening with the Jazz and the NBA. The Jazz have done pretty well considering the disadvantages against small market teams. I hope they stay in Utah with the Millers owning them.

However, with no NBA, I have saved some money and have really been enjoying the NFL and college football and basketball. Life is good.

West Valley, UT

Call in the scabs!

There is no shortage of skilled basketball players in this nation. I'll wager that you could find enough good players to field all the teams and then some for $50,000 a piece... little lone millions.

Portland Trail Blazers
Sandy, UT

I would love to see the Jazz fold or for them to leave SLC and move to Seattle.

Hank Pym

@ J-TX | 9:48 a.m. Nov. 21, 2011

The NBA has the best athletes in the world? Really? 4 words: Michael Jordan Curve ball.

There are like 3 NBA games a week. Heck, even MLB plays 5 to 6 times per week.

No way is the NBA as physically demanding and stressful as the NFL.

As much as I detest DeSean Jackson now & Deion Sanders back in the day, their diva-like antics pale in comparison to the average NBA players.

As for your listing of Hockey scores, you could easily be describing 2 or 3 soccer games with your listing of scores. At least, in the NHL, you can hit people. Soccer is like remedial outdoor hockey @ 1/2 speed.

terra nova
Park City, UT

If the Miller's cannot book a profit, they should sell. It is more fun to watch kids that really care play for their high schools and colleges.

Centerville, UT

To the people who say Utahns can't afford Jazz tickets so we should send them to a city who can: get real and quit being so melodramatic.

There are only 19,000 seats in the ESA. There are nearly 2 million people along the Wasatch front. Something tells me that economic issues won't be a problem when it comes to filling the arena. It's about wins. You win, people will come. You lose, they won't.

I seriously doubt the Jazz are going anywhere. However, that's what Brooklyn thought about the Dodgers in 1957. Anything is possible I guess.

one vote
Salt Lake City, UT

The sport is too big time for Utah.

Bob Loblaw
Salt Lake City, UT

Why is DesNews not approving my comments? I didn't use any bad words and I didn't say anything that isn't true. The fact of the matter is, the Millers have seriously looked into moving the team to Las Vegas and they have also had talks to sell the team to a couple that wanted to keep the Jazz in Utah. Where they stand now, I don't know. But there is no question the team is a money pit and Greg is not passionate about it like his dad was. Heck, he hardly ever even came to games until his dad actually died. I'm sure the powers that be at DesNews don't want people to know this though so they will censor this one as well. Weak.

Tokyo, Japan

@Large Tuna

im sorry buddy but the Spurs got Lucky...their bad season without Robinson...got them Duncan...if Robinson didnt have that injury...they would never win a title...sometimes you need those sure fire draft picks to win one...and that guy is loyal enough to stay...the reason why LA Clippers is not folding...its because of the sponsorship...the TV deals...available in LA...its not the same in Utah or Milwaukee or in Cleveland...i would still watch...since im not paying anything to watch because im not in the US...so i just watch it on the tube...but without the NBA its fine by me...but i still want the Jazz to win lots of championships...but as long as there arent any games...i'd do the normal stuff that i do...there's lots of things to do in this world anyway...

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