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