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Old 02-04-2011, 11:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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''Hall of Famer Drexler thinks NBA will expand into London. NBA great Clyde Drexler can foresee a league franchise being based in London, maybe even within the next decade.

"Clyde the Glide,'' in the British capital to help promote the first regular-season NBA games to be played in London in March, said Wednesday that basketball has proven itself in Europe and expansion to the continent may just be a matter of time.

"If the demand continues, that could actually happen,'' Drexler told The Associated Press. "We're probably 10 years or so away, but that is not too farsighted to happen.''

WTF, i dont want this to happen ??
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yeah, why not really? Globalization of sport has already happened. why not globalization of leagues?
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Old 02-04-2011, 11:49 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I just don't understand the logistics of this kind of expansion. Would you be doing huge European road swings? Or two leagues with one expanded playoff? I don't understand how you would make this work.
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I just don't understand the logistics of this kind of expansion. Would you be doing huge European road swings? Or two leagues with one expanded playoff? I don't understand how you would make this work.
totally. Logistically it just doesn't make sense. Surely there will have to be more teams in Europe as well, but really is the demand even there? I know NBA is somewhat popular in European countries since the days of Jordan, Magic, etc., but i just don't think basketball is that popular to make such a crazy expansion idea work.

Does England even have a domestic league?
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totally. Logistically it just doesn't make sense. Surely there will have to be more teams in Europe as well, but really is the demand even there? I know NBA is somewhat popular in European countries since the days of Jordan, Magic, etc., but i just don't think basketball is that popular to make such a crazy expansion idea work.

Does England even have a domestic league?
I don't think there is the demand in Europe. You would be looking at Israel, Greece, Italy and Spain. Maybe Turkey, although I don't think they would register much of % of viewership when put them against football (in really the last 3 mentioned).

Not to mention its hard enough getting talented Americans to leave the country let alone the continent. That being European talent will not be close to equalizing in 10 years.
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I don't think there is the demand in Europe. You would be looking at Israel, Greece, Italy and Spain. Maybe Turkey, although I don't think they would register much of % of viewership when put them against football (in really the last 3 mentioned).

Not to mention its hard enough getting talented Americans to leave the country let alone the continent. That being European talent will not be close to equalizing in 10 years.

Isn't football/NBA played in different times of the year?
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Isn't football/NBA played in different times of the year?
no. the football/soccer season is played throughout fall, winter and spring.
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Isn't football/NBA played in different times of the year?
I am not a football guy. I am sure there would some degree of effort to avoid direct competition.
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I am not a football guy. I am sure there would some degree of effort to avoid direct competition.
Yeah, plus there are a lot of basketball fans in Europe anyway. People act as if there can't be more then one sport. I don't know about London though? That's not exactly a hotbed for basketball.
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Logistically it just doesn't make sense.
agreed...the only league (imho) that could pull this off is the NFL...and only because of the fact that they play 1 game a week
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I think you have to dismantle international basketball, or David Stern would have to take over FIBA. Which is pretty much the same thing.
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England doesnt even have a team in Euroleague ball

cricket in the summer, soccer the reat of the way plus rugby.
but london is like toronto in the sense that they have so many immigrant, that they dont necessarily follow the countries sporting culture
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Well I think that basket has a good number of supporter in Europe, but it's nowhere as close as what NBA asks for its teams. For example Rome, a city of more or less 3-4 millions inhabitants has an attendance for basket games of around 6.000 spectators. During playoff or matches vs top teams it can reach 10-12.000. I don't know if the call of NBA teams would keep the attendance at these high levels, but anyway our dome in Rome holds max 12.200.

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Wouldn't work. Unless teams go on extended road trips, the players would get too tired from jet lag.
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Can't see it happening. I have tons of family in London and I've been there 5 times. No one really gives a damn about the NBA there.
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I am not a football guy. I am sure there would some degree of effort to avoid direct competition.
If anyone went and told the guys that run the football leagues "hey, can you change the scheduel in order to help us get better ratings?", they would laugh at their face. Theres no competition, its football and the rest.

This should NOT happend and I doubt it will. It would completely destroy the dosmetic leagues in Europe.
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If anyone went and told the guys that run the football leagues "hey, can you change the scheduel in order to help us get better ratings?", they would laugh at their face. Theres no competition, its football and the rest.

This should NOT happend and I doubt it will. It would completely destroy the dosmetic leagues in Europe.
I hope you didn't think i was suggesting football would change for basketball. I was thinking if expansion did happen, I think American investors would suggest that the season would be set to not over lap with the football season. Which would also be advantages for viewership in in the Americas. Lets face it our summers could use a little spicing up away from baseball, tennis and golf.
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Why not extend more teams in Canada, instead of overseas to Europe. It doesnt make sense at all that London would get a team while Canada still has only one. Also if theyre not crazy bout Basketball , what would be the point?? Why not send teams to countries that are crazy bout basketball and are more deserving like Spain or the Phillippines??
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Why not extend more teams in Canada, instead of overseas to Europe. It doesnt make sense at all that London would get a team while Canada still has only one. Also if theyre not crazy bout Basketball , what would be the point?? Why not send teams to countries that are crazy bout basketball and are more deserving like Spain or the Phillippines??
Because fans already have their favourite teams in Spain and i don't think they would never switch "faith" to a new local-american team. Philippines is a bit too far.
In London, instead, there's no top tier bb team, it's a huge city and a huge market, larger than any Canadian city left, it's relatively close to america and they share the same language.

But i don't see it happening anyhow.
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