Robert Sarver, also known as the Phoenix Suns' owners, also known as one of the league's hardline owners that helped push the lockout deep into November, isn't happy about the new schedule. Oh, the irony.
Via the Arizona Republic:
“I was disappointed for our fans,” Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. “When the preliminary schedule came out, I asked the league to reconsider and they didn’t. You’ve got to factor in all the arenas and timelines, and they weren’t able to move dates around.”You hear that? Disappointed for the fans. What a guy. Forget that the reason we're having this ridiculous shortened season was largely in part of guys like Sarver that tried to use competitive balance as a red herring to make a cash grab, but whatever. Sarver and other small market owners like him helped stall negotiations and drag this whole thing out. As PBT put it, he made his bed and now he has to sleep in it.
"For the most part, the schedule is computer-generated by a consulting firm that does schedules for the NHL and NBA," Sarver said. "Unfortunately for us, given the short schedule, we're not going to see some of the elite teams in the East."
Sarver dos have a point though. The Suns miss out on hosting the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, Magic and Knicks, which as you know, are five of the biggest draws in the league with their stars and market size. But because the season was chopped to 66 games, not every team was able to visist every city.
Which means instead of having a guaranteed sellout with the Heat coming to town, Sarver and the Suns will get the Bucks and Bobcats instead. So when he says he's "disappointed for our fans," what he really means is, "Crap, there goes five sellouts."
It also means that his Suns have to play all those beasts on the road. Which isn't fair at all and to a small market owner that was one pushing for competitive balance, he has to be a bit miffed at that pretend idea.