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December 06, 2011

A predictable bow to the TV gods

If there was ever any doubt of television's influence over the NBA schedule, consider this:

There are three Eastern Conference teams the Lakers play home and road this season. Guess who they are?

Yes, you're right! The Miami Heat, Boston Celtics and New York Knicks. Anyone detect a pattern of sorts?

Those are the big market-vs.-big market games that drive numbers for the NBA's television partners. So it was quite predictable the league would maximize the inventory for ABC, ESPN and TNT.

Good business? Sure We're talking about hundreds of millions in rights fees, so you keep those TV execs happy.

But of course the losers in that bargain are small-market teams like the Charlotte Bobcats who don't get a lot of sure sellouts. That annual game against the Lakers filled the seats and -- surprisingly often -- resulted in a Bobcats victory.

No such happening this season at Time Warner Cable Arena.

You'd think, as consistently as Michael Jordan delivered road sellouts as a player, that the league might have thrown his team a bone. Nah.

Posted by Observer Sports on December 6, 2011 at 08:55 PM | Permalink


Looking forward to some growing pains this year, and the top 3 pick in the draft that will follow.

Posted by: Jason Warren | Dec 6, 2011 11:03:22 PM

The schedule sucks. As a season ticket holder my account can credited for the whole dang season. The marquee matchups are non existent. An NBA league pass is better and cheaper.

Posted by: digal704 | Dec 7, 2011 8:15:00 AM

Hopefully we can snag Jared Sullinger!!!

Posted by: DL | Dec 7, 2011 8:30:42 AM

C'mon people. Where's the love of the game? Who needs this idol worship? If OKC can support New Orleans displaced team enough for the NBA to award them a basement dweller like the first couple years of the Thunder, Charlotte can do the same... even without the star gawking and showboating.

Posted by: on and on | Dec 7, 2011 9:14:11 AM

On and On the Thunder have built there team through excellent drafting our track record on drafting is Terrible we could have had CP3 but instead we took may and felton to sell tickets, We could have had brandon roy, rudy gay, or rajon rondo instead we picked adam morrison, we could have had lopez a legit Center instead we take Augustin who isn't bad but i think we'd be better off with a felton/lopez combo than and augustin/Brown or Diop combo. I just hope we get a BALLER with the picks we have acquired through our trades this past season

Posted by: Snowman | Dec 7, 2011 11:24:19 AM

our problem wasn't the picks, it was the development of the picks.

felton, morrison, may, okafor, dudley, henderson, augustin, and we traded brandan wright for jason richardson. none of the picks were bad for the position.

we retained and developed none of those guys. we had horrible front office moves and horrible coaching. larry brown was the first legitimate coach and his mission was playoffs, not long term sustainability. he did what he set out to do and it killed our young players developments specifically morrison and okafor and augustin. felton was absolutely ruined by sam vincent playing him as a 2 guard. may was injury riddled but not a bad pick at 13. absolutely worth the risk/reward at 13.

Posted by: charlottean | Dec 7, 2011 11:54:13 AM

Bonnell, when are you gonna shave that stash, man?

Posted by: Buckley | Dec 7, 2011 11:55:48 AM

I love the stache Bonnell! Keep it!

Frankly this a rebuilding year. We'll amnesty Diop and try to find a taker for Maggete. Go hard at losing so we can get a Barnes, Sullinger, Henson, or Anthony Davis.

The reason why most of the city doesn't support the Bobcats is because public financing of Bobcats Arena was put to a vote, it failed, and then the city council did it anyway. It was ugly. And a lot of people haven't forgotten and will never forget.

Posted by: sfinsf | Dec 7, 2011 12:35:05 PM

Yeah, for the league to cry competitive balance and survival of small-market teams, that sure is a blow to the Bobcats.

MJ should write a letter to Stern and point this out and tell him that his hypocrisy has no limit.

mike t.

Posted by: Michael C. Teniente | Dec 7, 2011 12:57:41 PM

Larry Brown screwed up the Lopez pick, he didnt like Felton so he pushed to draft Augustin. You are going to be hard pressed to find a taker for Maggette, unless there is another small market team that needs a scorer and has something we need

Posted by: Justin | Dec 7, 2011 1:24:37 PM

They will not win 15 games, competitive balance? What a joke

Posted by: Ed | Dec 7, 2011 2:05:54 PM

Can we just go ahead and change the team name to the Washington Generals? There's about 6 other small market teams that could do the same and we could save money buying uniforms in bulk!

Posted by: Joshuamcc | Dec 7, 2011 3:05:21 PM

Justin, Lopez hasn't done anything either. He's a seven-footer who doesn't rebound as well as Gerald Wallace.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Dec 8, 2011 1:50:52 PM

Drafting lopez would have been better than drafting DJ and cutting Felton loose for nothing

Posted by: Justin | Dec 8, 2011 4:56:36 PM

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