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Old 02-27-2012, 05:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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You can count on less than one hand the number of times the Raptors have been on National TV in the US since Vince Carter left Toronto. Yes, I understand the Raptors have only had one winning season (47 wins-Atlantic Division Champs during the 06-07 season) but over the years I've tuned in to NBA games on Networks like TNT & ESPN/ESPN 2 and seen teams that aren't Playoff teams either. You might say, what's the big deal?? I'll tell you what the big deal is: Players, agents & player's families see who plays on US National TV and more importantly, who doesn't.

It makes it a lot tougher to recruit/retain players North of the border. I strongly believe the Raptors will be better in the coming years and it will be important for the organization to raise its voice and say, 'that's enough'. There are 30 Teams in the NBA, not 29 and a 30th team that happens to be the only Canadian franchise that's an afterthought. Here's an idea, it's a bit controversial but you have to think out of the box a bit when you're an underdog. The Toronto Raptors should propose to the NBA that they'd be willing to play & more importantly HOST the Late (9:30pm/10pm EST slot) for a Thurs night TNT game and/or Fri night ESPN/ESPN 2 game vs. a Western Conference Team at the ACC.

Look back a number of years, John Calipari when he was the Head Coach at UMass opened a lot of eyes and ticked off some folks by his willingness to play late games (even at Midnight) on ESPN to get the necessary exposure to attract and retain players to make his program a 'Desired' location. You've got to have a little PT Barnum salesmanship in you and some folks might not like it but for most (if it was only once or twice a season) it would be an 'Event' and an opportunity for Toronto to show the NBA that we do exist and more importantly, we love Hoops and we're here to make a stand and we're here to stay. Start winning and then you play at 7pm!! Just a thought, check out where UMass ended up, The NCAA Final Four. Believe me , I was an NCAA Division 1 Head Coach at the time and players suddenly took notice and it became a 'cool' place to consider playing. Can't always accept the 'same old--same old'.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a great article, thanks acie!
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We just need an exciting star player like Blake Griffin, KD, rose etc.
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Nice idea!
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We just need an exciting star player like Blake Griffin, KD, rose etc.
If we get a player like KD my life would be complete.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Or how about putting together a consistently competitive team that draws the interest of opposing teams' fans? You know, going the normal route? Pretty sure the method of being pathetic enough to be on track for a 4th-straight year out the playoffs isn't working.
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Or how about putting together a consistently competitive team that draws the interest of opposing teams' fans? You know, going the normal route? Pretty sure the method of being pathetic enough to be on track for a 4th-straight year out the playoffs isn't working.
Really? Hmmm, and here i thought we were breaking through.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Or how about putting together a consistently competitive team that draws the interest of opposing teams' fans? You know, going the normal route? Pretty sure the method of being pathetic enough to be on track for a 4th-straight year out the playoffs isn't working.
Yes, in theory this would work if Toronto was a traditional US market.

The fact is, and you still read it on US based boards, is that many don't see Toronto as a place that cares about basketball (which is a crock).

Hell, even when this team was reach an apex and consistent (under the Bosh years and VC years), there was more talk about players leaving than coming in.

Toronto needs to be proactive in changing that image. Winning helps. Being different helps even more. -
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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not sure what the big deal is, only two type of fans watch bball on tv, home team fans and superstar groupies. Let's face it, other than hardcore fans, who would bother to watch grizzlies vs portland on national tv? Sure, they're two good teams and it will probably be a nice game. But I'd rather watch miami take on milwaukee and hope they lose again ...

we didn't have a super popular player since Carter left, we have no home team fans in the states and, to top it all, we sucked pretty much every season.

to fix this, we'd have to be:

1. really, really good (like 60+ wins, and that may not cut it - look at how unpopular SA is in the states)
2. have a really, really popular player (griffin and the likes)


short on that, it ain't happening.


however, the better question is, who cares? What difference does it make whether we are or not, it's not like FAs will base their decision on something like that.
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