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  1. #1
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    Shrinking the NBA

    With so many bad teams n small markets would it make sense to cut some teams?

    Less teams = more talent.

    Idea #1 - Cut a team from each division. -6 teams

    Idea #2 - Cut 2 teams per conference. Then only use only conference standings. (No divisions) -4 teams.

    Discuss pros, cons, reactions of fans/owners, n what teams you think would/should get cut.

    Maybe cut some teams, do a "fantasy draft", n start the draft wheel all at the same time?

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    Doesn't pay. League been diluted way before the 90's.

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    sure lets start with whoever your favorite team is

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    Talent pool is bigger than it has ever been. Revenues are through the roof. You're mistaken if you are thinking that this league is about the fans, it is only about making money. Less teams is less revenue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhopisthename View Post
    sure lets start with whoever your favorite team is
    This.

    Pros: Yes some teams would be more talented, as they would obtain from the ones that were folded

    Con: The exact same issues would occur. Soon enough from those teams with more talent, horrible teams would emerge, leading to a similar conversation. E.g. Suppose a team like Philly (not trying to bait, just an example), survives the folds, but still is playing horribly, people are going to bring up the same thing, should they fold too, and add to the talent on the other teams?

    - Pretty much lose a state/province depending on who you fold.
    - Fans of teams in a similar market to the teams folded will get worried, and might abandon before they are abandoned.


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    Big markets have no problems with viewership or attendance. Why do they need to be more talented, from a business standpoint? The NBA is maximizing profits by spreading teams into smaller markets and gaining a fanbase that would otherwise not spend money on the NBA. Do smaller markets make less money? Yes. But with revenue sharing virtually every team will turn a profit unless they are horribly mismanaged, and almost all teams appreciate in value. Not to mention there are tax incentives to owning a team (the infamous "roster depreciation").

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    The problem isn't really the number of teams, it's the talent. Years ago, players would come out of college ready to be starters/stars/all-stars. They went to college and played tough ball against touch players and teams that were actually teams.

    Now, you get a kid who plays one year in college (if that) against other kids playing one year, on teams with no identity because they're one-year-wonders, who then jumps to the NBA. So instead of an immediate star, you have a guy who needs 3, 4, 5, years to become a complete and consistent NBA player, but who shows superstar flashes, so they get paid $10mil, $15mil, whatever.

    So the NBA has now become like a lot of other sports, where you have kind of have prospects and have to wait for them to contribute. And a lot of times, they don't. Combine that with super teams like the Heat or the Celtics of a few years ago and you can see how the league looks watered down.

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    David Stern and his successor will prefer an expanding policy than a shrinking one. Build more teams, even in other countries.
    You said some teams are lacking talents ?just do more promotion to attract overseas talents!I believe some foreign guys possess superstar talents. We just havent discovered them yet

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    Not going to happen
    I agree they are more likely to expand into Europe than to cut any teams here
    Talent pool is immense now and you have to have good management to stay competitive(hint to Pera !!!)
    "You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find, you get what you need"



    HERE'S TO THE 2014-2015 SEASON !! GO GRIZZ !!!

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    Easy to say when your team is the Celtics and there's no way NBA will get rid of that team.

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    The NBA is not nearly as balanced as the NFL. But small market teams can succeed in this system. Look at GSW. Small market team that has doubled there franchise value in three years with a smart GM and good marketing. Sometimes small market teams become great through coaching and character. Look at Phoenix this year.
    Last edited by Drummond#1; 01-04-2014 at 10:30 PM.

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    Also about half of the best teams play in small markets this year. Portland, Indy, SAS, Phoenix, OKC, Atlanta, Toronto. These are all relatively small market teams compared to LAL, Boston, NYK, BKN, Chicago and Philly.This is one of the most balanced years in recent memory.

    Plus some of these big market teams that are failing have "talent" but they have failed because of their bloated contracts and overexposure in the media.

    Heres a better idea. Instead of robbing small market fans of their teams maybe the lottery should be based on revenue rather than performance. That way when fans of big market teams start *****ing because their GM orchestrated a **** roster (Ainge) and they voluntarily tank the league punishes them for not having integrity.
    Last edited by Drummond#1; 01-04-2014 at 10:33 PM.

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    Yeah, go **** yourself. wanting to take away six people's team makes you an *******.
    Quote Originally Posted by Monta is beast View Post
    How do I think [Kevin] Love helps his team lose? Terrible defense, chucker, basically a of version if Monta

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    I'm all for contraction, but only two teams should be contracted. Four teams is too much, and six is ridiculous. Cut two teams, reduce the schedule by a dozen games or so, and I think the league would benefit

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    There are always going to be cheap owners who want to own a team, not pay for the talent to be great, make a little profit and then complain when they are not good.

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