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Is this how it begins?

Posted on: July 29, 2008 10:04 am
 

Something is happening to professional sports in this country, and that something isn't good.

First, elite hockey players have been abandoning the NHL for deals overseas. Now, NBA players are turning down big-time NBA money to play across the Atlantic, too.

For decades -- forever, really -- the United States has been the place to be for professional athletes. In all the major sports except for soccer, If you were the best at your trade, you wanted to prove it here. But now NHL players are leaving, and NBA players are leaving, and at some point will we see a big-time MLB player turn down millions here to play in Japan?

Maybe we will. Because something is happening to professional sports in this country, and that something isn't good.

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 4:05 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

I dont look at it as any more than another league starting in the U.S.
I remember the USFL in the 80's.  It tried to compete with the established
NFL by throwing alot of money out to get the better young talent to
leave college for them and not the NFL.  It was working until the
league went bankrupt. 

The only way this will continue is if these leagues overseas are able
to prosper financially by throwing out these big deals. 

Childress is the only player that doesnt have ties to Europe or Asia.
If you see more American born players leaving, then be worried.
Until then, I look at this a nothing more than a flash in the pan
and one that will go away quickly.



Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2008 3:47 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

Yea, you are completly right. This is all BUSH'S fault!

HAHA, you are an idiot just like everybody else who falls for Obama's Change and Hope speeches which don't mean @#$% to today's intellectuals. 

 

Where did that come from?



Since: Aug 13, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 2:17 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

Yea, you are completly right. This is all BUSH'S fault!

HAHA, you are an idiot just like everybody else who falls for Obama's Change and Hope speeches which don't mean @#$% to today's intellectuals. 

 




Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:15 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

I think the big issue that people are missing here (besides money) is the 'place on the team'.  These players, those that played college ball here, were studs before they got to the NBA.  Suddenly they have to take a backseat to other peers.  Who wouldn't want to suddenly be Big Man on Campus again, leading a team instead of coming off the bench?



Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 1:00 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

Ok, I don't want to seem too real on this, but here goes...
The only country paying bucks for players to come play is Russia.
Mob money.
And you don't see the best players going, it's the fringe or european players going.
Don't worry about the show over there. It's Weak with a capital W. Until they get the stars out of college it's just like the d-league or the CFL in football.



Since: Dec 4, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 12:54 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

This was bound to happen. Its a more globally connected world now, for better or for worse (I say for worse). Some places become more desirable than others, for money, for fame, for whatever. Get off your high horse and get used to it.




Since: Jun 27, 2007
Posted on: July 29, 2008 12:51 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

While it may signal the end of a certain sort of ugly egotism in American athletics (and really, US dominance as a whole is waning) it is in no way a slight against the sport itself. In fact, this can only go towards furthering the evolution of the game of basketball which is a great thing!

That said, Lebron is not signing overseas. Let's not turn Josh Childress and Nachbar (and possibly Landry) into world-beaters. Those are good NBA role-players jettisoning for relatively short term deals (hey, I'd rather get paid in the Euro for the foreseeable future as well.)

Donaghy sentenced today, 15 months, any feelings on that?




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 12:27 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

Or is it just us being greedy? Why should we expect all the foreign players to come here, to a foreign culture and a different language, just for money? Especially when they have little guarantee of success? Many of these players don't even grow up playing NBA-style basketball, and the difference can make it difficult, or at least dissatisfying, to make that transition.

The NHL is just suffering the typical backlash for a poorly run operation that overestimated and overextended itself. After the lockout, not only did they lose a lot of fan support, salaries were cut as part of the CBA, in addition to the economic downturn.

Baseball doesn't have much to worry about. The only other notable pro league is in Japan, and they don't have much interest in foreign players. Unlike American fans, they don't root for the laundry. There have been cases of fans being less than enthusiastic about rooting for players who are not entirely of Japanese ancestry, or occasionally just from a different prefecture.




Since: Jan 30, 2008
Posted on: July 29, 2008 12:15 pm
 

Is this how it begins?

this follows a trend that i have been noticing about younger athletes over the last decade. it has now become more popular to be a star and garner a lot of attention where ever possible. what i mean is that its no longer important to play against the best or with the best its about getting as much attention as possible. not to belittle any school but it was important to play in the big east against the best competition. if you played 20 minutes a game and scored 10 points for georgetown or syracuse or one of the other "big schools", you were a player and could have a future at the next level. if you played 35 minutes for george mason and scored 23 points against lower level teams you were a player but how good are you? now more and more kids want ot play and don't care about winning. i am going to a place where i can get as much for me as i can.

is that starting to be the trend for professionals? do you want to play against lebron and kobe or get 35 shots against kiev?




Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: July 29, 2008 11:46 am
 

Is this how it begins?

It is a slightly upsetting trend, especially because its an economic problem that the teams around here can't fix due to a weak economy. Personally I'm not THAT worried, thus far it has only been players of different nationalities that have been leaving the States to play overseas, and that will hurt the NHL (one of my favorite leagues) but it shouldn't hurt the NBA THAT much, given that most of the best players here are from the US (or Canada [2 time MVP, have to include him, and I don't think he's going anywhere]). The MLB might see a downturn in the talent level of the players here, which would really upset me because I love watching baseball, but there aren't any really major leagues that can compete with it in terms of salary, and, the league doesn't have a salary cap, so they can compete with foreign offers that would normally hinder a team in the NHL/NBA because they can shell out as much money as they want to keep a player with little reprecussions (other than going bankrupt of course).


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