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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
 
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.
Comments

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:34 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

As a Suns fan I am in favor of someone "locking" Sarver out of the Suns ownership. This guy has single handedly dismantled the franchise player by player and done nothing but screw the fans and the city of Phoenix. He is a scumbag and a poor excuse for an owner. His next move will be to hold Steve Nash hostage here in Phoenix until the end of his current deal and then all of us Suns fans can watch as Nash walks away and goes on to win a Championship with another team and once again the Suns get nothing for him....ala Amare Stoudemire. Sarver sell the team to someone who wants to win and doesn't just care about the bottom line.



Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

It shouldn't have taken a work stoppage to acheive competitive balance. The simple banning of trades that include draft choices would have acheived this ultimate goal. Then you wouldn't have the Celtics or Lakers getting the first pick in the draft by trading some scrub 3 years previously.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Should of thought about it that before the lockout




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 7, 2011 3:15 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

The schedule should have been four (2h, 2a) against every division foe and two (1h, 1a) against everybody else.  As it is, not only do you not have every team in every arena, you actually have unbalanced (1h, 2a) intra-division matchups.  

Once again, Stern screws the pooch.
I agree 100%. This is nearly as bad as college hoops where you somtimes won't even play a league opponent. 



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

RD... that would have been an easy schedule to make too.
And by my calculations comes out to an even 66 games... exactly how long the current season will be.
Would have been much better than what they have in place now.
Wow, making a schedule is not rocket science. I write my own 120 game schedule for 10 teams in my fantasy baseball league.



Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:46 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

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
Ok, I do find it kind of ironic that he is complaining about the schedule given the fact that the owners locked the players out, but your comment that I quoted is on the extreme.
A CASH GRAB????
You mean trying to go from the red to the black on their balance sheet?????????????????



Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: December 7, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

The schedule should have been four (2h, 2a) against every division foe and two (1h, 1a) against everybody else.  As it is, not only do you not have every team in every arena, you actually have unbalanced (1h, 2a) intra-division matchups. 

Once again, Stern screws the pooch.



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