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Stern talks openly of contraction

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08:04 AM ET 08.15 | NBA franchises aren't exactly falling over themselves trying to get out of the game, though David Stern might listen. Speaking on an ESPN.com podcast, Stern stated that there is some interest in contraction from both the league and players sides and that the subject will be picked up after the current Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations are completed. "[Contraction] is not a subject that we're against," Stern said. "In fact, when you talk about revenue sharing, a number of teams have said that if you have a team that is perpetually going to be a recipient, aren't you better off with the ability to buy them in?" ... One obvious hurdle to contraction, Stern acknowledged, is the selection of which team or teams would be put on the chopping block.

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August 15, 2011  08:33 AM ET

New Orleans Hornets cause the NBA owns them? ...

The Kings are crying Money, but I will bet Maloofs' will say NO way ....

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August 15, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Contraction will not happen, except for NO.. even then they will move NO somewhere else. Wonder how much they will compensate the owner of they contract their team?

August 15, 2011  09:05 AM ET

NBA is F#$%@d!

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August 15, 2011  09:43 AM ET
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It's not that there are too many teams, it's just the teams are in the wrong cities. What's the use of getting rid of like the Hornets only to give Seattle a franchise 2 years later? Put teams in cities where they can thrive.

Bingo!

August 15, 2011  09:48 AM ET

minnesota
the clipjoint

start by contracting those two franchises

August 15, 2011  09:53 AM ET

How 'bout relegation to the D-League? If owners are able to prove viability again and success within the lower league they'll be reconsidered at a later point? ....works in Europe...

August 15, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Thank goodness. I hope this happens. The league is so watered down with mediocre talent these days even my grandmother got a letter from the Charlotte Bobcats asking her to tryout.

August 15, 2011  09:54 AM ET

Kings and Raptors gone. One from each conference.

August 15, 2011  09:58 AM ET

Addition by subtraction, Bro.

August 15, 2011  10:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

It's not that there are too many teams, it's just the teams are in the wrong cities. What's the use of getting rid of like the Hornets only to give Seattle a franchise 2 years later? Put teams in cities where they can thrive.

Agreed. Your point is logical and smart but Stern will ignore it.

 
August 15, 2011  10:12 AM ET

If the NBA got rid of the Raptors, and Clippers for sure, those would be easy and logical drops.

The Bobcats too.

Toronto for the fact that they are in Canada, and the Clips because the Lakers already share the darn building.

Charlotte has struggled to fill seats, plus even keep a team because they lost the Hornets to New Orleans already.

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