- 12/25/2010, 11:22AM ET
DJRoxalot said 12/25, 11:22 AM
Sacramento is the new Clippers franchise. A futile team that has not been able to compete since the Webber/Divac years. They are also 29th in attendance with just 13,415 fans showing up to home games. And there are not exactly a plethora of options to do in Sacramento.
New Orleans is a team that is cash strapped in a city that does not support the Hornets. 28th in attendance with just 13,801 fans showing up in Jazz capital of the world. Their owner is losing money left and right. So much that the NBA purchased the Hornets and became the first franchise to be owned and operated by the League. Conflict of interest? I think so.
Memphis is 26th in attendance with 13,852 showing up to watch basketball games. he Grizzlies have made the playoffs a handful of times but they are bottom feeders in the NBA.
The New Jersey Nets are dead last in attendance with 13,237 fans showing up for home games. The Nets have long been a sad franchise except for when Jason Kidd showed up in NJ and took them to a couple of NBA Finals during his tenure there.
BRING THE PAIN!!!
Sabih said 12/25, 02:31 PM
Contraction is not the answer to the attendance woes in the NBA. The problem is the lack of a real salary cap which leads to a few dominant teams and a lot of bottom feeders.
Contraction will do little to solve the problem. If the teams contract where do you think the best players will go?
LAL, MIA, BOS or MIL, IND, TOR
You will greater a bigger gap between the really good teams and the bad teams. Even with the contraction, people are not gonna be dying to see IND facing MIL.
The biggest problem in the NBA is the soft salary cap (which is a joke)
Current "cap" is 58 million. Only the 6 teams are below that number. On the other hand. Teams like the LAL, ORL and DAL have payrolls of nearly 90 million.
Cities such as SAC have shown they can support an NBA franchise. The problem is they cannot acquire talent in the FA market like the LAL or BOS.
Contraction is useless unless the NBA solves the real issue that has caused low attendance figures. That is the lack of parity partially caused by the current salary cap system.
DJRoxalot said 12/26, 01:28 PM
"Contraction is not the answer to the attendance woes in the NBA."
Not fully, no. But these 4 teams have shown they cannot draw or compete regularly.
The Raps draw fans despite rebuilding and sucking this year.
Is it happen stance that the 4 teams I have listed are all under the cap? No, the owners will not spend in order to try and bring players there.
Especially the Clippers. When Elton Brand signed the huge contract to stay in LA? It was ground breaking. LA's 2nd team has long been a proving ground for young players or a place where old veterans go to retire.
are just a few players that have left the team after he failed to pay them.
So eliminate them. They are not inteterested in winning.
Beitching about a salary cap? David Stern is not changing it anytime soon.
"Teams like the LAL, ORL and DAL have payrolls of nearly 90 million."
And they win...So they can afford the tax they pay.
But not many exceed Luxury tax much as they do. Most teams do not want to pay the dollar for dollar tax penalty.
Sabih said 12/26, 08:52 PM
The Clippers are a joke but that has to do with the owner. So far you have mentioned five teams and only 2 of them should be considered to be moved (NO and MEM)
Beitching about a salary cap? David Stern is not changing it anytime soon
CBA expires next year.
You think Stern would want to contract. When was the last time a team was contracted in NBA?
Also, you are talking about a lot of money the NBA will have to pay the ownership of any team to get rid of them.
The 5 teams you mentioned are listed by Forbes at the following value (millions
LAC - 295
MEM - 257
NO - 267
SAC - 305
NJN - 269
To contract, each owner needs to pay up around $10 million to buy the franchise and contract. The NBA will have to buy the team before folding it.
The problem with the NBA is the product. And contraction does little to solve it. There are some powerhouse teams that you could watch over and over.
Then there are the pathetic teams. The ones you could not pay me to watch. Nobody wants to see IND vs MEM.
Will discuss team spending in last argument.
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