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First stop of basketball global tour cancelled?

Posted on: October 24, 2011 12:51 pm
Posted by Royce Young

We've already had enough basketball cancelled. I don't think I can handle exhibition games getting the same treatment as actual games.

NBA stars are gearing up for a little basketball world tour and it's set to start this Saturday in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But the tour might go off the rails before it even starts as the Puerto Rico game is in jeopardy. Via Yahoo! Sports:
Tour organizer Cal Darden Sr., of Atlanta, has until Monday to provide several requirements – including 18 signed player agreements – for a game this Saturday night at San Juan Arena.

The potential loss of the Puerto Rico game could have broader implications for the entire tour.

San Juan officials are desperate to start selling tickets, sources said. The global tour is slated to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne over the next two weeks. Players involved have agreements to pay them anywhere from a six-figure fee to more than $1 million for participation.

Puerto Rican promoters are still waiting on signed agreements from 10 of the 18 players expected to play in the game, a $12,500 payment to begin the sale of tickets and evidence of a global television package, sources said.

Included in the tour: Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo and Kevin Love.

The Puerto Rican Tourism company is paying out a hefty $750,000 host fee for the game, but is receiving the assistance of corportate sponsors. But there isn't a television deal in place for the game as the report notes that local government won't back the game without one.

It's tough to organize an event, much less one in another country. But if these NBA stars are going to take their pickup games on the road, they've got to get it togethr. You wouldn't want the first stop on tour getting cancelled. That's a bad look.
Category: NBA

Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: October 24, 2011 8:24 pm

First stop of basketball global tour cancelled?

This should'nt have gone this long. Both sides waited too long to start nrgotiatiing and the players seem mpre greedy than the pwners at this point.

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: October 24, 2011 3:02 pm

First stop of basketball global tour cancelled?

I will stick to college bball since these idiots will not play real basketball. I'm not giving them crap since they do not care about us the fans. College bball is actual basketball with defense and strategy, this is just guys with no plan running around dunking. If I want that I will go to the local YMCA and watch that for free, what would the difference be?

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 2:21 pm

First stop of basketball global tour cancelled?

not as easy as it looks.  maybe this will teach the boys a little about the business side of "the game."

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: October 24, 2011 1:58 pm

First stop of basketball global tour cancelled?

The NFL and NBA exhibition games are the biggest rip offs in the industry. How dare the players try to insult the fans of sport in trying to get us to watch games either on TV or pay to see a game where the results are meaningless. I will not watch or support this insult and i hope anyone who reads this does the same. Maybe if the fans had a voice, we could get the players back on their teams and give the fans real basketball we enjoy watching, not glorified stars playing exhibitions against who knows who.

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