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Old 07-11-2011, 08:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bill Simmons offers the answers to solving the NBA lockout - Grantland
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I only read half, and I skimmed half of what I read but his solutions aren't solutions. Things would be the same, still having only a couple good teams and overpayed stars. He even wanted to pay stars more . He states that its fair that LA spends more money because they make more money....
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If Toby ruled...
- I'd put the Sonics back fo sho
- frickin' Stern and his Laker Mob would be fired
- There would be equal #'s of nationally televised games for every squad
- teams would abide by the salary cap no exceptions.
- Rookies that stink would not automatically get millions.
- Players could earn more at the end of the season in performance bonuses.
- Seasonal NBA TV packages would be dirt cheap, spreading basketball love across the planet
- and 4 point hotspots would randomly appear using lazer lighting from above!!
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He doesn't really offer answers as much as looking at the need for a better, more honest process, and he does a good job of providing a fair bit of honesty. I could live with many of his ideas, and really agree with all the BS that he points out.

As long as teams gain in value there is no issue with them losing money. If a team can't gain in value, then contraction has to be the sensible approach. And personally I would take away limits on free agency while shortening guaranteed contracts. They are going to have to swallow the idea of more player movement. The upside will be fewer bad contracts out of teams desperately trying to land one of the few free agents available to them. Players will accept deals if they are faced with the option of a larger free agent pool determining their value.

Just stop tinkering around with rules that make building a team so difficult. Open things up and allow fans to enjoy well-built teams. They can still cheer for stars as well -they aren't going anywhere. If you make everything about keeping stars around longer they are just going to milk the rules and then make trade demands anyways.
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awesome article again by simmons. a couple of ideas i don't like - especially the 'big market teams should get to spend more' idea - but all in all a pretty true rendering of the problems. i like that he is demanding that the nba think out of the box on this a little bit. there are a lot of good ideas in there that, even if they wouldn't come to fruition, would provoke thought exercises that force you to think about the nba in new ways.
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If Toby ruled...
- I'd put the Sonics back fo sho
- frickin' Stern and his Laker Mob would be fired
- There would be equal #'s of nationally televised games for every squad
- teams would abide by the salary cap no exceptions.
- Rookies that stink would not automatically get millions.
- Players could earn more at the end of the season in performance bonuses.
- Seasonal NBA TV packages would be dirt cheap, spreading basketball love across the planet
- and 4 point hotspots would randomly appear using lazer lighting from above!!
I take it you don't like making money. ESPN/TNTT and other stations aren't going to pay top dollar when they're forced to put the Timberwolves/Bobcats on TV multiple times
Unless you plan on taking NBA TV national and you want to take that risk
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If anyone other than Donald Sterling owned the Clippers, the franchise would be worth twice as much money.19 He's squatting on a billion-dollar property the same way he squats on his Malibu lots — he's like a wealthy version of somebody on Hoarders. Hasn't the man done enough harm to warrant a legal intervention? How many times has he fired an employee, then refused to pay him and forced that person to chase the money in court? How many times have the Clippers made damaging trades just to save money? How many times has Sterling been accused of insulting minorities or even his own players? Bud Selig sucked it up and went after Frank McCourt's team, legal consequences be damned; why couldn't Stern do the same with Sterling? He's a dreadful owner, a disgrace to the league, and someone who knocks down the value of his franchise in half just by being alive. That's not enough grounds?
this is one of the funniest and most truthful paragraphs i have ever read in my life.
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I take it you don't like making money. ESPN/TNTT and other stations aren't going to pay top dollar when they're forced to put the Timberwolves/Bobcats on TV multiple times
Unless you plan on taking NBA TV national and you want to take that risk
Exactly! T-Wolves vs. Bobcats!!! I've never seen that game...EVER. And I watch as much ball as I can. NBA TV should be free, absolutely. Folks payin' enough already. Soda's at Blazer games are 8.00 over here. A crappy nachos or a super pretzel, 5.50. Tickets, 60 bucks still won't move you outta nosebleeds. 150 dolla shoes, 90 dolla replica jerseys, and 35 dolla hats, NBA gets a chunk of all that. Which absolutely means they can show us the damn Timberwolves vs. Bobcats game!!
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