I thought this was a good read.
I thought this was a good read.
With so many teams losing money, I always wondered why they are standing behind Stern? Glad to see they aren't.
If there is a lockout again then it's time for Stern to go. A major sport like the NBA locking out twice in a 13 year span is just unacceptable and the man at the top has to be held accountable.
I'm glad to see the owners are not behind Stern. They shouldn't be at this point. I hope the new CBA is good for all the owners.
especially when the 50th pick comes around and the few people without jobs are screaming drunk at him
he speaks better than david stern
david sterns been doing it for 30 something years and his voice gets all squealy or he stutters
This article further vindicates my personal perception of what Stern is really like. I'm an excellent judge of character, and that pompous *** has always rubbed me the wrong way. It's good to know my vitriol was not misplaced.
Not to mention allowing a crooked ref that the league had concerns about his gambling issues to CONTINUE reffing.......
Personally, I always thought that Stern's performance needed to be evaluated after he was more than okay with the Lakers "trading" for Gasol...
Then again, I love a good conspiracy theory... :D
All of you have failed to acknowledge where the NBA was when Stern took over. The NBA was in serious trouble and was close to folding. No not just a few teams, but the whole league. Stern IMO is largely responsible for the success the NBA has had. He was the first to have an anti drug policy with drug testing. The NBA was the first to have a salary cap.
If Stern retired right now he would go down in history as one of the top 2 or 3 all-time commisioners in any sport.
But how much of that can be tied to the then ongoing Bird-Magic wars and the rise of Jordan though?
but in this thread many are blaming him for what is going Stern has fostered the current state of the league for over two decades. He is more than responsible for it getting out of control.- So if you are going to blame him for things that went on during his watch the he deserves credit
I think that Stern has mostly done well to fix the problems that have been plaguing the NBA. The fact that owners are willing to vastly overpay for role players has caused the current pay system to get out of control. This last summer would have been the ideal time for owners to not give out crazy contracts but it went on unabated, despite the fact that they would be heading into CBA negotiations.
I think its pretty hard to make a sports league that is the highest quality in any sport, profitable across all of its teams. There are almost no profitable teams in the English Premier League and Spanish La Liga in soccer, despite some of those big clubs having some of the highest revenues in professional sports.
I think the owners don't need a monumental change in the CBA to make the league profitable again. They just need to tweak the salary structures and overall money going to the players a bit. But the owners might get too greedy which would be a shame.
Stern let the nba grow in small markets that were just not sustainable. The players and owners were greedy, the lack of real revenue sharing, and the fear of antitrust lawsuits continue to put the owners in a bind.
This problem is not going to be fixed merely by giving the players a smaller share. The same problem will reemerge but no one is going to really fix it.
As UB said Stern did a lot of good things and that is why he has lasted so many years. The nba has to half their personnel budgets and reduce the number of unprofitable teams.
It is so easy to just find one guy to blame. Nevermind that the corporate structure has shifted more in the last 3 years than it has in over 30 years.
The state of the NBA is the sign of corporate America struggling.
Stern sounded confident that an agreement will be made to avoid a lockout.
Ever since the owners started talking about contract rollbacks, I knew this was gonna get nasty. People act like the NFL is a tougher battle, but nobody is talking about existing NFL contracts being cut.
What it comes down to is simple. In the NFL, everyone is making gobs of money, they'll get it worked out eventually. In the NBA, owners are losing money, they have zero problem shutting their doors. When you throw in the bad economy, this could easily be as bad as the last NHL lockout.
No corporation would continue "business as usual" when the vast majority of its business divisions are losing money. If the Board of Directors did not make the change, then the stockholders would eventually force a change in CEOs. That's just the nature of the beast. Every CEO is ultimately responsible for the labor negotiations that take place and essentially puts his stamp of approval on it before it is presented to the Board of Directors.
If Stern cannot effectively negotiate a CBA that does not enable nearly all of the teams to make a profit (at least once they are within the limits of the salary structure), then he has failed.
The rise of Magic, Bird, and Jordan combined with the brilliant marketing of outside entities like Nike, Gatorade, and McDonalds is more important than anything Stern ever did.
Stern's over-expansion ensured there would be an excess of bottom dwelling, money-losing teams.