It's been said, stupid story. It's kind of like Patrick Ewing's whining when the
players were on strike, "Sure we make alot of money, but we spend alot of
money." Something like that. Also, it was a bad editorial decision to run this
Sorry, even as a sports fan. I don't care. Talk about a slap in the face for us
who actually are affected by gas prices.
This might be the worst timed article of all time. WTI Crude is now
from 140 to 90 and futures are at 80 . . . Gas costs are going to change the
finances of the NBA? please.Follow something other than sports once
in a while.
I wonder if the Federal Government can help bail them out?
If the league minimum is $400,000, then isn't everyone making at least six
figures?"Yeah, most NBA players are not making 6 figures but the NBA
minimum salary for a player with no experience is over $400,000. After just one
year in the league you jump up to a minimum salary of over $700,000. I don't
feel sorry for them."
Yeah, most NBA players are not making 6 figures but the NBA minimum salary for a
player with no experience is over $400,000. After just one year in the league
you jump up to a minimum salary of over $700,000. I don't feel sorry for them.
I don't think you guys understand, the writer is using the Jazz as an example of
rising costs. Some of the ideas to just watch college instead is not on point.
Do you think that travel costs have only increased for professional teams and
not college? Your college teams are suffering as well. I don't
understand all of the negativity. When costs go up for the NBA, they are also
going up for all of your employers as well. Therefore, the ticket prices could
go up, and then, less and less people are able to afford them. That's the
There are already a lot of comments here, so mine probably won't get read. But
I'm curious how much this travel budget that has increased by 15% is? I mean, an
increase of 15% sounds like a lot. But how does it compare to other team
expenses? Player salaries: $65 million. Team staff salaries, including front
office, security, arena personnel, etc: $20 million. Arena Rent (well, LHM owns
Radium Stadium, so for him it's a mortgage payment), insurance, utilities, etc:
$10 million. Travel and lodging for 25 people over 41 games: $5 million. 15%
travel budget increase: $75,000. Which is a lot of money, but it's a 0.75%
increase in the overall budget. A story with THAT kind of research would have
been GOOD reporting. With the Caption: Ticket Price increases: Here's the excuse
they're going to try to sell you. Here's why you shouldn't believe it!
If that is a national policy I got screwed! We'd get food maybe once a road
trip, the others we had to pay for.
I think a lot of you comment posters are ignoring a simple fact of the article.
Yes, it's true that rising travel costs are slightly affecting the Jazz; that
was mentioned. But didn't anybody notice that a lot of the research came from
Utah's "other" sports teams, such as the Bees, Blaze, and RSL?Most
of those athletes are NOT making the six-digit salary of D-Will or Carlos
Boozer; most of them are merely making a decent living. In fact, if anybody
wants a good read about prop athletes and salaries, read an Economists article
from about a year ago that examined RSL's Andy Williams paycheck compared to how
much he spent to travel, stay away from home and play the game he loves. Bottom
line: he was going broke, and he is a family man.I agree that most
prop athletes are way too overpaid, and there are plenty of overpaid athletes in
all sports. But not all of Utah's athletes are making as much money as D-Will,
while not all agencies are raking in the dough like multi-business entrepreneur
To Easy Solution: why don't you just outfit the players with atomic jet packs
and solar power propeller beanie caps. They could fly directly to the games
without having to go through security or luggage check. You ever
heard of unions?
Tell me about it! I had to park the gas guzzling 9 miles per gallon Suburban and
take Jacob and Brittani to soccer practice on a bicycle with a two seat trailer.
2 miles and I am shot. When I got home I had to pedal Tyler and Caitlyn to piano
lessons and then go back and get the two kids from soccer. In my spare time I
started a batch of laundry and put a chicken and vegetables in the slow cooker
for dinner. After I picked up the kids from piano I picked up Brianna at the
junior high school from pom practice. By the time dinner comes around I am beat.
I'm getting in better shape but I don't know what I'm going to do when the
weather gets cold and nasty.I like the Jazz and all but give me a
break they're still flying first class and staying in nice hotels. I'm at home
in our 3-bedroom house with a bike, two dogs, 5 growing kids, and a house that
needs new paint and carpet. Oh, yea, and a gas hog 14 year old Suburban in the
driveway that I can't give away.
Or, better yet, have them take a train. That's the way professional baseball
players traveled for over half a century.
Just make the players pay their own way... They make enough money - surely they
can pay for a hotel and an airline ticket. If they want to play, they will pay.
If they don't play, they don't get paid. It would be interesting to see how
quick they would choose to get to the games.Easy solution.
I think the JAZZ should raise ticket prices to pay for these expenses.Given the amount of money people gave to the REPUBLICAN PARTY, only to see
their favorite son get run over, TWICE; it is the least these people should be
asked to do in order to SUPPORT MILLIONAIRE CAPITALISTS.
Drilling offshore for oil is like putting a band aid on a gunshot wound, it
helps for a second then we are back to where we were, plus untouched nature
reserves have now been compromised so we selfish humans can have a quick fix.
Lets all learn from our mistakes and think about more then just ourselves and
lets consider future inhabitants of our world and even the world itself!
Everyone is feeling the effects of a problem that could be seen coming a long
As long as fans are willing to pay ticket prices and pay for NBA products, the
league will continue on and these 20 year old players that couldn't teach a
middle school math class will continue making millions. If you don't like the
salaries, then quit paying for the product.
College athletes get the $20 for personal expenses. The schools pay for all food
on the road. Lets not feel too sorry for them.
I didnt read this article. just the headline. why waste your time reading this
garbage. Who cares if LHM has to pay more in travel costs. SO DOES THE REST OF
THE WORLD! There are a lot more interesting things to write about than this.
is the way to go. I'm fed up with watching millionaires playing each other...
Oh yeah. I remember that. I lost interest in it a long time ago.
can pay their own way and still be able to travel first class on a regular
Larry H. Miller would make a lot more money if he sold the team and put the
money in a CD. The player's union demands that the pampered NBA roster be
treated like royalty and the per diem passed $100 long ago.
Never fear - we've gotcha covered. Yet another ticket price hike will keep you
all fat and happy. There, there... Dry your eyes. You won't have
to sell your 4th, 5th, and 6th Bentleys. They can stay parked in your driveway
and never be driven so you can appease your over-inflated ego and sense of
self-worth. You know, since you won the lottery of life and are tall, and you
can play a game well.Neither the team nor the ownership has my
sympathy. They do nothing about internal costs spiralling out of control, and
they are reaping their reward.
If you believe that any NBA team in the post Larry/Magic/Michael era has ever
lost money, can I interest you in some Enron stock?
I dont think most of you read this article. The Jazz Players have nothing to do
with the cost of travel. None of the players are paying any money towards the
travel costs. It is just additional money LHM has to pay to keep the Jazz here.
The Jazz up until two years ago were on of 12 teams loosing money a year. You
have to give credit to Larry for cutting checks when he was the one loosing
money each year. The value of the Jazz has gone up and if I remember right
they are work around $350 mil. But that is only if someone is willing to write
a check for that amount.
Here is the real headline: "Jazz Announce Ticket Price Increase of 20%" --
That's the bottom line.
The Jazz are already covering at least some of their cost increases. My cheap
seat season tickets went up almost 50% this year over last. It's my choice,
however, to determine whether the product being put on the floor is worth the
bottom line cost to me. So far it still is, including my own increased cost of
getting from my home in Orem to the games in Salt Lake City.
So many people are so ignorant! Yes, it is true that pro players make a lot of
money esp in the NBA. However, can you imagine if Utah made its teams pay for
their own way for travel and hotels? It's hard enough to get players to come to
Utah. The article isn't meant to invoke sympathy. The article is merely showing
that the rising gas prices have an impact on everyone. Look before you leap
I'm glad you mentioned offshore drilling, because that's certainly the obvious
answer to all of this, why are we so dumb? If we can just get gas down another
dollar a gallon, I'll be able to buy that new game for my Wii at my local
Walmart--yes, it would all be worth it. USA! USA! Number 1! Number 1!
Here is something else about per diem. A local college athlete, and I'm not
sure what it is nationally, it might be an NCAA rule, gets 20$ per day. Now, I
know they are pros, but I'm sure that a college athlete can and does eat as much
as a pro. PLUS, these kids aren't getting paid and can't even accept a pizza
ordered from a coach!
Make the players pay their own way if they want to play and continue earning
outrageous, unmerited incomes.
Cry me a river. Think of the fans who can`t even aford to buy a ticket because
of the high ticket prices.
After reading these comments, some of you need a lesson on understanding the
content of an article. First of all NBA players don't pay for their travel
expenses therefore all of you who made comments about the players are just being
ignorant. Second, my company pays for all of my business related travel-just
like every NBA team does! I agree with one comment that the per diem could be
cut-but remember that money is taxed as well to the player so they truly are not
getting the full benefit of $100 per day.All of us are feeling the
effects of rising costs associated with travel expenses. However last time I
looked, most division 1 college football stadiums are filled, most NFL stadiums
are filled, most NBA arenas are filled and so forth. As a society we have to
stop putting so much emphasis on being entertained by sports. I can tell most
of the comments are written by fans, just as I am, because your biased emotion
is coming through! We can complain or we can do something about it.
We need to drill offshore for oil so we are not dependant on anyone else.BYU 27 UCLA 24
Our own money to help the poor NBA out!
Small market teams? NBA was built on "small market" organizations but mostly TV
revenue. Sacramento, San Antonio, Portland, Charlotte, New Orleans, Milwaukee
and now Oklahoma City leaving that tiny town, Seattle in the lurch. The idea
that these benevolent owners are doing their communities a big favor is a croc.
Backwater sports towns like SLC call this a news flash...this, the #2 most read
news story of the day. Wow, Jazz fans are living up to their low level of sport
These guys get paid over $100 per day for per diem so that they can eat. I
travel a lot for work and my work pays me around $50 per day, and I was able to
save almost every day by not spending the entire $50. $100 almost feeds my
entire family for 2 weeks. Hey Miller's and all NBA owners, there's a place to
start.....cut the per diem. I just hope the players are okay not eating at the
"Flemmings" of every city without digging into their million dollar salaries.
WHO CARES!!!!I wish I could get paid by my employer to PAY for my travel
expenses back and fourth to work. These overpaid brats should pay their own
fare. These guys gives me the creeps. Talk about sitting in their Ivory Towers!
Here's the biggest problem. This increased cost doesn't affect big market teams
like New York, Boston and LA, but it will affect every small market team like
Utah, Minnesota, Portland... You going to see fewer teams playing in small
markets becuase the small markets can't afford these price increases. The
players will still get paid the same, but the Jazz won't be in Utah anymore
within 10 years. If the Sonics can leave Seattle, then the Jazz can leave SLC.
What a stupid story. Like the common man really cares if these millionaires have
to pay a little more? Cry me a river. In comparison, the additional that they
are paying isn't as much of an impact as it is for me just to take my kids to
Mr. Miller is having tough times with transporting his professional teams.
Costs have risen and have cut into his budget. News flash...everyone's budget
is being cut into. Unfortunately, the only way we average workers can meet
these increases is to work more or spend less. I would recommend this same
philosophy to Mr. Miller. Either sell more cars, cut back on salaries, or take
Im a little surprised by all the negativity.1. Realize the players
have nothing to do with this, all these agreements where made in there
respective CBAs.2. The idiot that said whats the difference between
netting 98 mil over a 100. Ha, you really think the Jazz have ever made that
much in a yr...lol. I cant speak for the Bees, but Real is losing money and the
Jazz up until recently had been losing money. Now they turn a very small
profit.Lastly I think the whole point of the article is to point out
that you should be lucky to have owners that keep a team in such a small market
when they could make more money elsewhere.
Who cares about the pro teams they can raise ticket prices or what ever. The
big question hear is the collage teams. They are running around on the
taxpayers dime, and the school systems are crying they don't have enough money.
Cut the programs and do what schools are supposed to do, teach!!!
This news just breaks my heart! Perhaps the NBA should stop paying them these
outrageous salaries or make them pay their own travel expenses. I hope they
don't have to cut back on the number of cars they own. I'm a public school
teacher/coach, and I often pay for not only my food, but often for food of
athletes who can't afford to buy their own. School districts all over are
feeling the effects of increased travel costs and these guys are crying? This is
the reason why I have lost interest in professional sports.
So DesNews... Let me get this straight. These profitable entertainment
organizations are struggling because airlines are charging 10-15% more? You do
realize that with airlines' fuel expenses increasing over 100%, that they have
much more of a burden than these sports org's. You make it sound like the
airlines are the villains because they're raising their fares. How else would
you suggest airlines offset the much more than 10-15% increase in their travel
expenses? Airlines are going out of business every week, cutting jobs, going
into bankruptcy protection, and making some very difficult decisions because
they can't offset their higher costs; and you're worried about profitable sports
franchises travel budgets increasing 10-15%? Wow.. I'm a little unimpressed.
Why are so many of you railing on the athletes? It's not their fault the cost
of fuel has gone up. What are they supposed to do...take a pay cut because
their employers cost of doing business goes up? Yeah, right. Just like all you
poor whiners are voluntarily taking pay cuts at work because your employers
costs are rising. It's not a matter of how much they get paid or where they
stay. It's a matter of their employers cost to get them delivered to the venues
where the income is generated. Don't forget, the owners sign those contracts
that include salary and travel perks too.NEWS FLASH...it's called
good ole American capitalism at work...supply and demand...As long as you
whiners pay the ticket prices the player salaries will continue to rise. Don't
fault D-Will for signing a market value contract. And don't be so naive as to
think the players should bail the employers out because their cost of doing
business rises.Get a life!Oh, and let us know when you
take that pay cut to support your employer's rising business costs. Losers...
These guys make more on travel per diem per day than I do per day in addition to
multi million dollar salaries and I am supposed to feel sorry for them. Come on
DesNews, why bring this up in the first place? I am sure they will all survive.
The answer is very simple - Reduce expenses! Player salaries are outrageous.
While talent acquisition is important, as a business you have to manage the cost
of acquisition against expenses such as travel. Obviously, this is not an easy
thing to do given the player's association and existing contracts. My concern
is that the ticket holder or fan will end up paying for these luxurious
expenses. Attending a professional sporting event is already beyond the average
fan's economic ability to pay. This will further distance the game from the
average fan, which overtime will jeopardize the ability for certain sports to
remain financially viable and relevant to their existing fan bases. I recommend
alternative forms of travel such as Greyhound, Southwest Airlines etc... If you
look at history, bus travel was a common method of transportation for all
sports. With all of the other issues we have as a society, it's hard to believe
that this would make the front page of our online newspapers...
I'm crying crocadile tears! Poor, poor, poor, NBA athletes. What are they
going to do? And I bet they have to pay what us peaons have to pay in their
Lamborgini's. Whaaaaaaa!To the professional athletes and
organizations: SUCK IT UP!!!!I am soooo done with watching these
Tell me that's a nickname and not an actual name!
Just look at the picture of D-Will and Brewer accompanying this article. The
fuel pinch has even forced them to wear bowling shoes around. These poor, poor
millionaire athletes...what is this world coming to?
It has been really hot in the Middle East this summer and their air conditioning
bills have sky rocketed. I feel really bad for them! Why don't we pay a little
more for our fuel so they don't feel the pinch on the billions they make. Give
me a break Deseret News - you seriously have no credibility if you write stories
like this. Why don't you put some effort into world news that actually matters
instead of this trash.
I also feel terrible for theses athletes. I mean, how can they afford to feed
their families. $90 million goes fast.
I feel so bad for these spoiled millionaire athletes. I vote that the State of
Utah raise taxes and Miller raises ticket prices so that these athletes can
continue private charter flights and "top" hotels. How can they possibly play
basketball if they are forced to sleep at "regular" hotels that most of us? My
heart goes out to each one of them...bless them.
You could charge a fee to the players and they could use some of their easy
earned money to help out their franchise. Sorry, not feeling too bad for you
We're all feeling the pinch from higher feul costs. Even if Larry Mille's
Sports & Entertainment Group has to spend extra on travel costs, I don't think
it's going to affect his lifestyle. The Jazz are worth over 200 million, with
multiple players earning over 8 million per year. Paying a little on jet feul
isn't going to make me feel bad for the team. What's the difference between
netting 100 million on the year compared to 98 million?
And I'm supposed to feel sorry for multi millionares that have to pay a few
bucks more to fly their chartered air planes?They'll just raise ticket