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Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:50 pm
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Posted by Royce Young

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.”

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"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."
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.

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.
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Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:36 am
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Sarver is a pitiful excuse for a sports team owner.  From the very beginning of his "ownership" his only goal was to make the team more profitable for himself.  So his agenda was to blow the team up and leave the Suns fans with nothing but this terrible excuse for a team.  I feel bad for Steve Nash.  He's truly one of the great class acts of the NBA and he's stuck with an owner that doesn't care one bit about whether or not his team wins or loses.  How in the hell did this guy ever end up as a NBA owner?  How do you let Amare walk away for nothing?  How do you justify the extremely poor drafting?

Excuse me if I don't have any sympathy for Sarver.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:11 am
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

It doesn't have to be "either or" as in if he is concerned about the money from sell out crowds he is not concerned about the fans.  It is both.  I for one am not going to any games this year.  It is already too expensive for most folks.  But IF I was going I would rather see Miami than the Bucks. 



Since: Oct 28, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 10:52 am
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

I am a Suns season ticket holder and I am beyond livid over the schedule.  Phoenix home schedule from the central division includes the Bucks, the Pistons and the Cavs but no Bulls or Pacers. Phoenix home schedule from the atlantic division includes the Raptors, the Sixers and the Nets but no Knicks or Celtics.  Phoenix home schedule from the southeastern division includes the Bobcats, the Hawks and the Wizards but no Heat or Magic.  Of all of the Eastern Conference playoff teams we Suns fans get to see 2 of 8 and thise 2 being the Hawks and the Sixers.

As for Mr. Young's obvious bias, Sarver was not the only ower backing the lockout.  Even if he was that is no reason to punish the fans with a schedule like the Suns were given.  Of the 16 games removed from the schedule the NBA should not have taken 6 of the 8 playoff teams from the East away. 



Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: December 8, 2011 8:44 am
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Spell check. Learn it, Use it, love it.



Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:22 am
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule


This is nothing but propaganda against the ownership by some CBS leftist.  I find it offensive I have to read the annoying tone of the article.  The lockout is over, the owners had a right to get what they wanted, other than money they NBA players seem to control their own destiny and have the same power.
I come to CBS to get sports articles, I don't expect to read something right out of commnist like Pravda newspaper.  Please fire the writer. 



Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:47 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

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.
I also, with some commenters below, disagree with your tone, implications and outright accusations here. Let me expand on them please.

The reason we have a shortened season is that the players and the owners did not agree until now. There is no one player or one owners to blame. Both sides come away dissatisfied with the result and in labor deals that is the most fair outcome. Now as to a cash grab being behind Sarver's participation in the CBA negotiations - the only cash grabbed was cash going from Sarver's pocket annually to make up team losses. He and 22 of his fellow owners were losing money in the old CBA. They are still losing money - $80 million this season under this CBA. No business can remain in business losing money year after year. The owners failed on many fronts to accomplish more competitive balance. But the hard liners here were the players. The 'system' issues were all about the league wanting to allow small market teams to keep their stars. Since we are taking about 'blood issues' in the infamous words of Billy Hunter, the players held their ground. The drag-out was over more than system issues. The system issues were the icing on the cake. The players had an opportunity to play all 82 games beginning December 15. They chose not to put the offer to a vote.

The sad thing, Royce, is that more fans get that the media swallowed a whale in this CBA negotiations, consistently telling us false information and belittling the true information that was available. The final result exposes the media to the hypocrisy that needs to be seen. Perhaps it is unfair to ask for fair and balanced reporting when the sources you must depend on over the next CBA are the players' bosses, the powerful agents. You end up with most fans disagreeing with you and looking for better reporting.



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:31 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Let us examine this. Sarver was one of the principals in dragging this out. Now he says he is disapointed for the Sun's fans? He has ran what was a very competitive franchise into the ground. I get the feeling that they were somewhat disapointed long before this.
My math says that roughly 20 % of the games were cancelled out of the normal 82 game season. With most teams sharing facilities with a NHL team and the facility being used for concerts and other events, how did he figure that he was not going to lose some marque games? If anything the Sun's fans should sue him for malpractice.



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Reap what you sow, moron...........The Suns are an irrelavent franchise with no hope of selling out a game this season without the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, Magic or Knicks coming to town......oh wait, they will sell out when the Lakers come to town.  What a joke of a team when you only sell out because fans want to see your opponent, not you!

I believe the lockout is the fault of everyone and the settlement is a joke too; the league is going to destroy itself really soon.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

He is reaping what he sowed.  If he put togther a team worth seeing he wouldnt be worried about those 6 games right?  he creid about the money to line his own pockets and puts a sub-par team on the floor and expects the fans to come.  Sucks to be him. ,



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:38 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Then you wouldn't have the Celtics or Lakers getting the first pick in the draft by trading some scrub 3 years previously.

Honestly, I have not looked it up but when was the last time the Celtics or Lakers had the first pick in the draft at all, much less an overall #1 that came from another team?  Usually if the Lakers are trading picks they are giving, not getting the picks (like in the Gasol trade) and those picks tend to be late first round.  When bad teams do trade picks they are usually lottery protected to prevent the scenario you describe.


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