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David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Posted on: August 14, 2011 7:32 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 1:17 pm
 
Posted by Ben Golliverdavid-stern

The NBA currently has thirty teams, but the league's commissioner, David Stern, seems open to the possibility that that number of franchises could shrink in the future.

Speaking on an ESPN.com podcast, Stern stated that there is some interest in contraction from both the league and players sides and that the subject will be picked up after the current Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations are completed.

"[Contraction] is not a subject that we're against," Stern said. "In fact, when you talk about revenue sharing, a number of teams have said that if you have a team that is perpetually going to be a recipient, aren't you better off with the ability to buy them in? Because between the revenue sharing and the split of international and the TV money, we could almost buy them in with their own money.

"The players actually have been heard to suggest that as well, which was interesting because that means they are suggesting that we eliminate 30 jobs, or the potential for 30 jobs. So we've said to the players, you know, 'Give us the right to contract, let's agree upon what the basis will be. Let's make this deal and then let's continue to look at that subject.'"

One obvious hurdle to contraction, Stern acknowledged, is the selection of which team or teams would be put on the chopping block.

"If you look for volunteers," Stern said. "There aren't many teams raising their hand."

Stern explained that folding a team is not something that he could unilaterally decide to do and that any such decision would have to take into account the interests of the ownership groups.

"I do represent 30 owners," Stern said. "[Saying to an owner] 'I'm here to tell you that I think you should go out of business and no longer own a team' is something that needs to be done pursuant to a plan. We'll see how that works after we make a [CBA] deal and the revenue sharing deal."

Three oft-discussed contraction candidates are the New Orleans Hornets, which the NBA itself runs, the Sacramento Kings, whose ownership group is struggling and recently failed to relocate to Anaheim, and the Charlotte Bobcats, who have struggled financially after the city's previous tenant, the Hornets, relocated.

Stern argued that the Hornets will continue to be a profitable franchise and New Orleans will be a viable city going forward.
 
"New Orleans is actually going to be a top-15 grossing team when it has its 10,000 season tickets and the like," Stern said. "Together with an expression of support from the state [of Louisiana], it's going to be an interesting team that I'm not sure is a candidate for contraction." 

Stern also said it was simply too early to render a verdict on Sacramento and the Kings.  

"I just don't want to get involved in discussion of individual teams," Stern said. "Right now we're working very hard with Mayor Johnson who has put together a plan that seems to suggest that a new arena would be a huge economic incentive -- $7 billion over 30 years -- and has been able to generate support for the project from the entire region. So let's see how that goes before we start talking about contraction."

He also noted that Sacramento has until April 2012 to put together an arena deal. 

Stern made the Bobcats sound safe as well.
 
"We have a long-term lease of a brand new building and we have a very unfortunate launch of that expansion franchise," Stern said. "Michael Jordan is leading... what's the opposite of an excavation? He is digging out, but he's building up the franchise. Sponsorships are up, tickets are up, an unfortunate TV deal is being reworked on an ongoing basis. I think Charlotte will be a candidate for revenue sharing in its current format, no question about it. North Carolina -- we're going to abandon it and say they're not supporting basketball?"

Lastly, Stern mostly dismissed the possibility of merging two current teams into one.

"We'll examine all of that but our individual owners are very committed to their cities," Stern said.
Comments

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 1:06 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

$tern is clearly out of ideas and has got to go.  If the NBA is starving that much for money, let's go the NFL route and acquire franchise tags, that way these "star" players can't leave their respective small market city to form their own super-team.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:30 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

This is needed.  Teams that should be contracted are: Charlotte, Indiana, New Orleans, Cleveland, Memphis, Oklahoma City,  Minnesota, Milwawaukee, Portland,  L A Clippers, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta, perhpas some others.  Teams taht are consistent losers, lack fan support, or in small markets should go.

You have to be one of the biggest dumbasses I've seen on here.

Consistent losers: Portland has made the post-season 30 out of the last 36 years. Someone you didn't list? The Knicks. Guess what? They've missed the playoffs 8 times in the past 10 years alone.

Lack of fan support: Again, you sound like an assclown. Portland was 3rd in attendance this year with 102.7% of arena capacity. Only Dallas and Chicago were better. A team you didn't mention? Philadelphia. Dead last. Portland has been top 3 in attendance the past 3 years.

Small market: Know someone who has a smaller market than Portland? San Antonio. Don't see you wanting to contract them.

A few of the teams you listed may qualify for all 3, but a single reason is far from enough to contract a team, else I'd have to list the entire NBA. And quite a few of yours only qualify for one, if that. I think you've had too much to drink tonight.

And what is this Milwawaukee place I've never heard of. Is it in Missississippi?



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:23 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Have them play for it!  1 more season before the new CBA-  Top 16 make playoffs...17-24 make it through contraction.   Have the LA Clips played a real game in their history, anyway?? NO!  So...that's 1 out.. Cya Clips... NEXT...



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:21 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Have them play for it.  1 more season before the new CBA -  top 16 make the playoffs and the new league ...and 17-24 get in as well. The rest: CYA!!!!!!!  Have the LA Clippers actually played a real game in their history anyway?? CYA CLIPS!  There's already a team in LA.  That's 1.. next.,,



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:16 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Being that I live in the Sacramento area, the Kings "should have" been gone long ago. The 2 single best things that have happened to this city are Mitch Richmond & Chris Webber, period. Other than that, nothing. The Mal-Goof family has not done much more than profit from false pretenses to create a now defunct casino in Las Vegas. Hell, over the past 10 years, more teams (Chicago, New Orleans, Orlando, Phoenix, Cleveland...just to name a few) have rebounded better than the Kings have. The Mal-Goofs have pissed away more of their families money (and companies) than 85% of everyone in Nor Cal combined, financially.
I might sound bitter but I not. I am merely stating facts. I would hate to see the Kings leave the valley but it's inevitable at this point. If the NBA & David Stern are talking contraction, yes the Kings need to be in that conversation. The only way out for the Kings is that the Mal-Goofs sell the team. Hell, look what they did with the Monarchs! Win a championship & fold 4 years later. Nice work Mal-Goofs. OK, I have typed enough for the next 3 weeks.....later.....SH





Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:01 am
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Really you retard? What the heck is your logic behind such an assinine statement? Hmm Cleveland went from the best team in the East to not making the playoffs. I guess the Lakers should go to then. They went from world champs to not making the finals in what, 2 years? Gone. The Celts? Hell they're old. Gone. Knicks? Have they ever been good? Gone. Let's just keep all the teams that have struggled for a while except those in large markets. Who really cares about the big cities anyway? That would make a much more interesting NBA.




Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:58 pm
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Funny! Stern being stern! Yes a another stick I can use to beating the player and cities with. I will call the players bluff and get what I want from the cities all by using the contraction stick. This is just to easy!



Since: Feb 24, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:42 pm
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

Man, I hope the Flint Tropics don't get cut.



Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:39 pm
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

This is needed.  Teams that should be contracted are: Charlotte, Indiana, New Orleans, Cleveland, Memphis, Oklahoma City,  Minnesota, Milwawaukee, Portland,  L A Clippers, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta, perhpas some others.  Teams taht are consistent losers, lack fan support, or in small markets should go.



Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: August 14, 2011 11:36 pm
 

David Stern: NBA to look at contraction

The New Orleans statement is hilarious.  That is the exact same type of thinking that has made the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL a joke franchise.  If your league is in the business of using fantasy phantom dollars that is ok, just don't go whining to the players association about the lack of profits come negotiation time.  Players want their salaries in the short-term, not fantasy phantom earnings under some imaginery guise of profits.  NBAPA just has to look at the Phoenix Coyotes examples of how that spiel works in economic reality.

Choosing the black moving forward is the NBAs choice, chop around 30-50 million off the owners demands just like that if this is the NBAs business model.


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