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  1. G-man

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    Jacksons Folly?

    Still Not Sold on Artest and Lakers
    Matt Steinmetz - Fanhouse

    "it has something to do with the assumption Artest is no longer the volatile personality he's been in the past, or the supposition that coach Phil Jackson can keep Artest productive.

    Those two things aren't locks. Sure, Artest seems to have toned things down in the past couple of years, but we've seen indications during that same period that he can still run right up to the edge at times. That he hasn't gone over recently is no assurance he won't soon.

    And as great as Jackson is as a coach, he has had times in the past when players have not flourished or responded under him. Heck,
    Kobe Bryant has had stretches where Jackson didn't get the most out of him.

    For everyone who mentions that Jackson brought out the best in
    Dennis Rodman, it also must be pointed out that Jackson didn't get the most out of Isaiah Rider (Remember: "Phillip?") or Mitch Richmond. How did Gary Payton do under Jackson?

    Those were not dissimilar acquisitions than the Lakers getting Artest."



    Still Not Sold on Artest and Lakers -- NBA FanHouse


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    Nike Security Team

    Conan O'Brian Found the LeBron Nike Tape
    Ethan Jaynes - NESW Sports

    "Conan O’Brien found the LeBron Nike Tape, Video. After all the waiting, and speculating we finally get a chance to see the video in all it’s glory. Here is the infamous video of Jordan Crawford dunking on NBA MVP LeBron James."

    Conan O’Brien found the LeBron Nike Tape, Video | NESW Sports, Sports Videos
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    Rethinking the cap and the CBA is going to get really interesting and really ugly. Obviously ticket revenues are going to fall. Maybe some of the more expensive boxes and courtside seats have more than one year contracts, but I suspect most are year to year. Teams are probably seeing a lot of cancellations now. That of course also leads to lower concession revenues, parking, etc.

    TV contracts are at least fixed in the short term, and I guess the only other big source of revenue is merchandise. That's probably soft right now, but might hold up better than ticket sales.

    Anybody know what the revenue breakdown looks like for a typical NBA team?
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    Revenue Problems & Some Insight

    Hey DBA maybe these will lend some additonal insight. Surely the markets are softening. Just as surely Stern & the owners are collectively crying the blues in advance of the CBA negotiations. They want to position themselves against the players union for a larger slice of the future revenue pie.

    In my opinion, they're shooting cannon balls over the head of the union. But, the union backed itself into a corner years ago when it didn't step up and buy the Continental Basketball Association with all it's infrastructure from Isiah Thomas. They have no alternative left. The NBA has it's fingers in every market remaining.

    The union has shorter legs than a dwarf centipede..

    NBA Teams Revenue Problem
    Posted by TMike - Hoopchill

    "The small market teams are really struggling to make a good amount of money while the large market teams are surviving and even making globs of money. The exception for the small market is San Antonio, and the exception for the large market teams is Dallas (their owner just wants to win, no matter the cost).

    Last year multiple teams were losing so much money they had to take loans from the NBA to just stay afloat. Why are NBA teams losing money? It isn’t just the economic recession that is causing this problem for the NBA. It is how NBA revenue is distributed."

    NBA Teams Revenue Problem | HoopChill



    NBA Team Valuations / June 2008
    Forbes

    NBA Team Valuations - Forbes.com



    This ones from 2007 but interesting..
    NBA revenue-sharing plan could save Pacers
    Anthony Schoettle - Indianapolis Business Journal

    "The revenue challenges faced by small market teams can no longer be ignored, said the letter signed by Simon in late 2006.
    Though the vote tally was not revealed, Joe Litvin, NBA president of league and basketball operations, said, "This is a subject without true consensus." Litvin added that most teams "were satisfied, but not happy, with the outcome."

    The vote passed by a "comfortable margin," among the 30 team owners, league sources said. Pacers officials declined to discuss the matter.
    The money handed out to deserving teams in need will increase under the new plan from $30 million to $49 million annually.

    Under the three-year plan, the maximum a team can qualify for is $6 million the first year, escalating to $6.6 million during the third year. Under the old plan, the maximum a team could get was $5 million, though that was rare."

    NBA revenue-sharing plan could save Pacers | Sports & Recreation > Professional Sports from AllBusiness.com


    The TV Deal the NBA Wishes It Had Not Made
    Jonathan Abrams - LA Times

    "We just wanted a piece of the action."

    They are due an even larger jackpot from the NBA's current contract, which began in 2002. That six-year, $4.6-billion deal with ABC/ESPN and TNT could earn them upward of $24 million annually, according to Silna.
    Without having to dole out salaries or money on stadium leases, the Silnas earn more each season than most NBA teams.

    Silna is quick to point out that today's NBA teams are worth hundreds of millions. Indeed, the Lakers are worth $529 million, and the lowly New Orleans Hornets are valued at $225 million, according to Forbes."

    The TV Deal the NBA Wishes It Had Not Made (page 2) - Los Angeles Times


    NBA Increases Shared-Revenue Allotment By 63% To $49M
    Sports Business Daily

    "NBA owners, seeking to "close the gap between high- and low-revenue franchises," have approved a plan that "increases the amount of shared revenue doled out annually to deserving teams" to $49M, up 63% from $30M, according to John Lombardo of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL."

    NBA Increases Shared-Revenue Allotment By 63% To $49M


    The Year NBA Teams Quit Early
    Matthew Futterman - Wall Street Journal

    "Why Revenue Concerns, Bloated Contracts and Dreams of LeBron Are Quashing Competition

    In the last two decades, the NBA has exploded in size, popularity and profitability. Revenues have risen to $4 billion from about $400 million in 1989. The value of a top-end NBA franchise grew over that span from less than $100 million to more than $400 million. The average player salary also jumped from $275,000 in 1982-83 to $5.6 million today.

    In boom times, the league liked to hold up these figures as points of pride. Teams that wanted to build themselves into contenders generally did so by spending large sums of money to acquire a few great players. Orlando, the newest of the league's elite teams, has earned this position largely by committing more than $40 million, about two-thirds of the team's entire payroll, to its four top players.

    But as the economy sours, NBA teams are increasingly concerned about their ability to raise sponsorship revenue and to sell expensive premium seats and skyboxes. Last week the league secured an additional $200 million credit facility to lend money to teams. Suddenly, the magnitude of the dollars in play has induced a wave of moves that don't seem to be aimed at winning games."

    NBA Teams Retreat Amid Concerns About the Economy, Dreams of LeBron - WSJ.com


    Rare look into NBA team biz
    John Lombardo - Sports Business Journal

    "For example, the Hornets generated almost $26.5 million in total ticket revenue at the Ford Center, with about $24 million coming from season-ticket sales, $1.2 million from single-game ticket sales and $1.3 million from group sales. The total ticket revenue to the team, however, was reduced to $24.8 million after the NBA took a gate fee of $1.59 million and certain season-ticket and group-ticket refunds were made.

    The team had a total of 41 sponsorship commitments with the value of the deals ranging from a $10,000 deal to a $2.6 million annual agreement. Five of the sponsors exceeded $1 million in spending with the team. The report does not identify the specific sponsors.

    The team’s total local revenue puts the Hornets in the lower third of the NBA, according to one industry expert who declined to be identified given the sensitivity of the financials. The NBA does not comment on specific team financial information."


    Rare look into NBA team biz
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    I don't have much time today to dig in, but he Forbes table is pretty interesting.

    As of December '08 -

    - 20 teams made money, 10 lost, about the same as the earlier numbers in the other article (which has changed to half and half now according to the other articles)

    - 6 teams had operating margins at or above 20% (Chicago, Detroit, Lakers, Raptors, Rockets, and Suns)

    - 6 more had margins above 10% (Knicks (!!), Spurs, Celtics, Warriors, Wizards, and Clippers) Other than the Spurs, big markets with extra TV deals are a good thing

    - 9 or 10 teams have debt loads, including arena debt, greater than $40mm, not awful except for New Jersey with a value of $295mm and debt of $71mm - 24%.
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    Interesting blog piece out'a Clipperland on the Caps variables

    Practical Implications of the NBA Salary Cap
    Steve Perrin - Clips Nation

    "Let's start with last season. Back in January and February, the Clippers executed three separate trades for fringe NBA players - Cheikh Samb, Hassan Adams and Alex Acker. In each of these trades, the Clippers gave up nothing (or as close as you can actually come to nothing - a conditional second round draft pick where the conditions are highly restrictive). And in each, the Clippers got something else in addition to the aforementioned warm bodies - either cash or a future second round pick in the case of Acker. What did Denver, Toronto and Detroit get in return? Well, they got rid of a salary, and in so doing, they got under the luxury tax threshold. (Note that I can't say with 100% certainty that it was these transacations that got them under the threshold - they might have squeaked under without the Clippers' help. But clearly they believed at the time that these transactions did the trick or they never would have made these trades.)

    At the time, I pointed out that by helping other teams get under the cap, the Clippers were actually increasing the number of teams who would participate in the luxury tax distribution at the end of the season. My back of the envelope calculations after the Samb trade was that about $100M in luxury taxes would be distributed 20 ways, for a $5M bonus to the teams under the cap. In retrospect, I was more than a little off on those guesses. The seven eventual tax payers, according to the league memo obtained by ESPN, paid in a little over $87M. That number was then reduced by about $20M, "headed for the NBA's Revenue Assistance Plan, which distributes money to low-revenue teams" (which is not something I knew about before). So the smaller pie, not to mention more slices which the Clippers themselves helped facilitate, means that about $67M is being distributed 23 ways - for a little more than $2.9M each.

    Now that we know some real numbers, we can also assign some real opportunity costs to some of these dubious deals. For instance, assuming Detroit would have been a tax-payer instead of a distribution recipient without the Acker trade, the pie would have been distributed to 22 teams instead of 23 - so that's a little over $100K that the Clippers cost themselves (and 22 other teams) by making that trade. No big deal perhaps, but one more consideration."

    Practical Implications of the NBA Salary%Cap - Clips Nation
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    Good stuff fellas, good stuff, Pistons were really operarting at 20% margins in Dec of '08, WOW. And people really think Joe's job is in jeopardy, whatever.
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    Re: Revenue Problems & Some Insight

    Thanks G-Man, interesting reading.
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    The signing bonus trap..

    Rarely used, the igning bonus can throw wrinkle into free agency Inside the NBA, SI.com - Steve Aschburner

    "Hardly business as usual. Try business unusual.

    Signing bonuses simply aren't something that the NBA does on a regular basis. For all its profligate spending, its guaranteed gambles on questionable players and certain owners' remarkable openness to paying two-for-one prices above the league's luxury tax, the NBA has largely avoided this one area of fiscal insanity.

    To some, it might seem laughable, like the glutton who, after gorging on a restaurant's entire menu, refuses the maitre d' when offered a wafer-thin mint. But each sport draws its lines somewhere -- the NFL abhors actual contract guarantees, baseball avoids salary caps entirely -- and signing bonuses thus far has been the NBA's big ugly.

    "We don't do them,'' one general manager said, as the clock on Millsap's offer sheet continued to tick (the Jazz have until Friday to match the Blazers' terms and keep the power forward). "And no team I've been with has ever really done them. Teams have been able to hold a hard line, because there's no benefit for a team other than in circumstances like this.''

    Paul Millsap's offer from Trail Blazers%includes signing bonus - Steve Aschburner - SI.com
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    Signing shorter contract has backfired on Lebron James Detroit News - Vincent Goodwill

    "When LeBron James agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers three summers ago, his mind was on 2010.
    Most observers deemed it a shrewd move. It was supposedly symbolic of the business-conscious NBA player. They read the fine print of the collective bargaining agreement, which stated players with seven years' experience could sign for 30 percent of the cap, compared to 25 percent being the maximum for six years experience or less.

    James signed first, then Miami's Dwyane Wade and Toronto's Chris Bosh followed.

    The carefully constructed plan seemed to be working to perfection. Danny Ferry of the Cavaliers and Pat Riley of the Heat were always on high alert, with July 1, 2010 being around the corner. Then the economic levees broke and now James and Wade have backed themselves into a corner."

    Signing shorter contract has backfired on Lebron James | detnews.com | The Detroit News
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    Supersonic Redux

    David Stern says he expects Seattle to get another NBA team
    Steve Kelley - Seattle Times

    "The passion of 41 years of Sonics basketball doesn't go gently into the night.

    Somewhere, despite the inaction of the governor and inattention of the last legislative session, hope still lives in the hearts of the city's many NBA fans that someday, somehow, KeyArena will be remodeled and the league will return to Seattle.

    For all of its flaws, the quality of NBA basketball is better than ever. And, judging from the early returns on rookies like Blake Griffin, Jonny Flynn, Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and James Harden, the future looks bright.

    Business might not be booming, but the game is.

    And there should be a place for that game in Seattle."

    Steve Kelley | David Stern says he expects Seattle to get another NBA team | Seattle Times Newspaper
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    How to bag a blogger..

    14 tips on how to pitch sports bloggers
    Sports PR Blog

    "c) Send them a product. If you’re with a sports team, send the blogger a pair of tickets, a t-shirt, or autographed item to give away to their readers. Contests help generate interest for their blog and free items to give away are perfect for blog contests. If you can form a partnership with a popular blogger covering your team, you’ll go a long way generating positive coverage and opinion of your organization.

    The Detroit Pistons developed a relationship with one of the bloggers covering their team, Natalie at Need4Sheed. They even gave her a suite for a game so she asked readers to send in their favorite Rasheed Wallace moment. She chose her favorite 11 contest entries and the winners got to attend the selected Pistons game from the suite level. You don’t need to go to that extreme to be effective, but it certainly helped improve my opinion of the Pistons as a fan when I learned of what they had done. If you’ve read her wrap-up post after the big event, you’ll see why."

    14 tips on how to pitch sports bloggers | Sports PR Blog
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    Re: How to bag a blogger..

    If Rascoe has received some of these pitches, he has been keeping quiet about it.
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    I never did. The Pistons have never reached out to us.
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    I wonder what they did for McCosky.
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    Actually, that's not true now that I think about it. Last year or the year before, the Pistons hired a firm to handle setting up their social networking. That company contacted me and asked for free publicity.
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    Rubio Cube..

    Kahn plans trip to Spain to discuss Rubio buyout
    Associated Press - Sporting News

    "team president David Kahn will head across the Atlantic next week to meet with the team personally in hopes of lowering the $6.6 million price tag that has threatened to keep the wunderkind point guard in Europe for at least next season."

    "Rubio, who was drafted fifth overall by the Timberwolves in June, is still under contract with Joventut for the next two seasons. After helping Spain to a silver medal at the Beijing Olympics and playing in the Spanish ACB since the tender age of 14, the 18-year-old is ready to test his skills in the NBA.

    The one thing holding him back appears to be money. Rubio made less than $100,000 playing for Joventut last season, so it is no surprise that the prospect of being on the hook for millions of dollars before he even plays a game in the United States would give him pause.

    Further complicating the matter is a rule in the NBA's collective bargaining agreement that stipulates the Timberwolves can only pay $500,000 of that large sum to help offset the cost."

    Kahn plans trip to Spain to discuss Rubio buyout - Associated Press - NBA - Sporting News
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    Free agent in '10, or extension now for NBA stars?
    AP Sports Writer - Sporting News

    "I think July 1, 2010, is a very big day," he said last November. "It's probably going to be one of the biggest days in free-agent history in the NBA."

    Unless James and his pals call the whole thing off.

    The Cleveland Cavaliers can offer the NBA's MVP a contract extension Saturday, shortly after fellow potential 2010 free agents Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh became eligible to receive theirs on the three-year anniversary of the signing of their last deals.

    If all three accepted, it would halt the talk of next year boasting the deepest free-agent class in league history.

    James didn't give the impression he was thinking about an extension when he made his prediction last fall. That was back when the 2010 free agency frenzy was at its peak, with James playing in New York only days after the Knicks had boldly positioned themselves for a run at him with a pair of trades that opened up loads of salary cap room.

    The enthusiasm has dampened now, though. The economic downturn and the resulting drop in revenues have sent forecasts for the 2010-11 salary cap tumbling, with the NBA warning teams it could come in some $10 million lower than the $62-63 million that was previously expected.

    The decreasing cap means little personally to James, Wade and Bosh, especially if they re-sign with their teams. What it can do is crush any hopes they might have of playing somewhere together, because a cap in the low $50-million range would make it difficult to afford two maximum salary players and fill out a professional roster around them.

    But if that's going to convince them to stay put, would they decide to do it now?

    The All-Star trio can receive three-year extensions, tacked on to the two years left on their current deals, for a total value of about $95.2 million through the 2013-14 season."


    Free agent in '10, or extension now for NBA stars? - AP Basketball Writer - NBA - Sporting News
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    Good Ballin - Let the debate begin....

    The 100 Greatest Baketball Players of All Time: Nos. 25-1 Bleacher Report - Mike Anderson

    "I ranked each player based on different stats including but not limited to: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks.


    I also looked at what their career averages in all these stats were as well to try and equal out quantity and quality.


    One of the more difficult areas to compare were stats that weren't around for some of the older players. After I ranked all the players based on stats; I then weighted the categories."

    The 100 Greatest Baketball Players of All Time: Nos. 25-1 | Bleacher Report
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    Duck Soup..dis-n-dat

    First Cup: Friday
    True Hoop - Henry Abbott - ESPN

    George Sipple Freep

    "It didn't take long for the Pistons to start the merchandising machine for their latest free-agent signings. The Palace Locker Room Store is selling preorders for jerseys of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. Gordon's No. 7 jersey and Villanueva's No. 31 sell for $69 each. The Pistons are selling blue and white T-shirts for $20 that feature a name and number on the back, and the team logo and a number on the front."

    First Cup: Friday - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN

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