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Ken Berger: Teams Most Likely To Be Contracted... WE'RE NOT AMONG THEM, HA!!!


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#1 Proudiddy

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Posted 15 July 2011 - 09:55 PM

Finally, a well-respected, intelligent, and informed article on realistic contraction possibilities. I like the number of teams we have right now in the league, and I hate for any city to feel the way we did when the Hornets were taken from us - except for New Orleans. But, I'm not gonna lie, if some of these teams Berg mentioned are contracted, wow, it would be awesome to have a chance to get a guy like Love, Rubio, Granger, etc.

As a side note, Berg mentions the Hornets as pretty much being a prime candidate to get contracted above all the others - how awesome would it be to get Paul or one of the other players I mentioned, AND get the Hornets name/logo back? (I don't have a problem with staying as the 'Cats, but I would love to be the Hornets again too).

Anyway, here it is:

http://www.cbssports...-in-contraction

In addition to the New Orleans Hornets' obvious candidacy for contraction, what other NBA teams should be on the chopping block as the league seeks relief from hundreds of millions in annual losses?

The NBA uses a formula developed by consulting group McKinsey & Co. that handicaps how teams are performing on and off the court given the size of their markets and available resources. This would be the place to start, though the NBA does not divulge the results of the annual study -- which it uses to dole out a portion of luxury tax and revenue-sharing funds.

The criteria, therefore, must be fairly straightforward, though the order of importance might vary depending on the team:
1) Total local revenues: If a team cannot avoid deep losses, even with substantial revenue assistance from healthier teams, it should be considered for contraction.

2) Annual losses: The teams that are losing the most money undoubtedly are being squeezed by a combination of inadequate local revenues and mismanagement. Both should count.

3) Market size, as defined by number of TV households, since that measurement has a direct correlation to the local broadcast revenues a team can earn.

4) Arena lease terms: As deserving as a team may be for contraction, if the penalty for breaking the lease with its arena is cost-prohibitive, it has to be scratched off the list.

The Hornets, now owned by the NBA, pass the test with flying colors --

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Memphis, the second smallest TV market in the league after New Orleans, would be second or third on my list if not for a lease agreement with FedEx Forum that reportedly is almost impossible to break. Ditto for Charlotte; as the New Orleans experience has taught us, the NBA never should have expanded there in the first place. But the new franchise is owned by, you know, Michael Jordan, and besides the fact that nobody contracts Michael Jordan, the lease with Time Warner Cable Arena empowers the city to seek an injunction forcing the team to honors its commitment or pay $150 million in liquidated damages. So the Bobcats are safe.

With that in mind, which other teams should be considered legitimate candidates to join New Orleans in my two-team contraction plan, if only owners would seriously consider it?

... (continued with list)


P.S. Berger is awesome.

#2 Chaos

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 12:02 AM

Knowing Stern though, he'd contract and then turn around and expand outside the US (Mexico, Europe, etc).

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 03:22 AM

Good find.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 07:10 AM

The thread title is a bit mis-leading. Berger is actually saying we would be a prime candidate for contraction if not for the arena lease. Disappointing, but rather obvious.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:27 AM

Its just some jackass speculation.

Might as well listen to a 4 year old talk.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:31 AM

Well, I hope NO is contracted, then we can take our fuging name back.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Got a lot of fam and friends in the New Orleans/Gulf Coast area, and I never get the vibe when I'm down there that they really support the Hornets...atleast not like they do the Saints. When Chris Paul leaves, I think fan support will drop tremendously.
Oh well, hate it for them if they lose the bees. Didn't like it when we lost the Hornets, Seattle lost the Sonics, or Vancouver lost the Grizzlies.

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Posted 16 July 2011 - 03:50 PM

Got a lot of fam and friends in the New Orleans/Gulf Coast area, and I never get the vibe when I'm down there that they really support the Hornets...atleast not like they do the Saints. When Chris Paul leaves, I think fan support will drop tremendously.
Oh well, hate it for them if they lose the bees. Didn't like it when we lost the Hornets, Seattle lost the Sonics, or Vancouver lost the Grizzlies.


This was pretty much the thought before the League allowed Shinn to turn a middle finger up to the Charlotte fan base and force a move to NO. The League and Shinn were ultimately done in by their own greed IMO. As the article said, the NBA should've NEVER moved into the NO market. That part of the South has always been more partial to football, which explains why the Saints are the better supported sports franchise. I feel more sorry for Seattle losing the Sonics, but I'm happy Shinn eventually had to sell the team anyway and now the team faces contraction. The only thing sweeter would be getting the name Hornets back b/c of its significance to the city of Charlotte, but it probably won't happen with the all of the potential marketing issues and cost. /rant

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 04:37 PM

Also, besides the lease, and it being Jordan. Isn't Jordan still the only minority owner in the league? If so, no way the league drops the hammer on him.

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Posted 18 July 2011 - 05:30 PM

If the Hornets name returned to Charlotte I'd be oh so happy. It'll never happen though.


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