Posted by: deb on June 20th, 2010The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
I guess the NBA is losing money, however with upper-bowl seats at the Lakers-Boston game going for nearly $1,000 a piece I am not sure how. These stats came from a recent article in Parade Magazine.
I know Parade is no one’s sports bible but with a circulation of 32 million as opposed to the 3 million for Sports Illustrated or 800,000 for The Sporting News, I imagine many more of the average NBA basketball fans read this article than you would imagine.
They also had 6 suggestions on how to make professional basketball better. Love to hear how you feel about what they said. The “Six Saves” are listed below along with some of my thoughts in italics.
1. CHANGE THE FOUL-OUT RULES.
“Instead of ejecting a player after six foul,” says agent Steve Mountain, who represents Orlando’s Jameer Nelson, “assess a technical for fouls six and seven, and eject after eight. This would keep the best players in the game longer.” I am not a fan of this idea at all, the last thing I want to watch is more foul shots being taken and letting the referees decide even more of the outcome of a game than they do now. But it would allow the players to perfect their free-throw defense.
2. INCREASE SCORING.
“Shorten the 24-second shot clock to 20 seconds to make for more possessions,” Falk says. “Or create a four-point play. People thought the three-point shot would destroy the game, but it added to it instead.” I do not like this idea either, it makes more complicated offensive plays like the Jazz run disappear a little more. However this would be great for slower big guys who would not even have to run down the court before the long shot from midcourt is taken (did anyone say Shaq)
3. RAISE THE AGE LIMIT.
“You should have to be out of high school for three years to play in the NBA,” Falk says. Playing college hoops would allow athletes to develop a fan base that they could carry with them into the pros. This would be OK with me, just the difference between CJ’s rookie season and Wes Matthew’s rookie season is a good example of how this would help.
4. ENCOURAGE QUIRK.
“There’s a reason why Charles Barkley, who is retired, is still getting endorsements,” says Sports Illustrated writer Jon Wertheim, who has covered the NBA for 13 years, “and, say, Tim Duncan and Carmelo Anthony aren’t. Today, the players with personality often have the color bleached out of them.” Blogger Bethlehem Shoals of FanHouse.com advises, “They should Twitter all the time. It could be a lifeline to these guys’ personalities.” I do not know about this idea, I do love Charles Barkley, but I would much rather see Tim Duncan play, even in Charles’ best playing days. I don’t know about Twitter either, I cannot understand 3/4 of what CJ writes, anybody have a CJ Twitter/English dictionary?
5. CHANGE THE TRADE RULES.
“Eliminate or significantly reduce rules that require salaries of traded players to match up,” Mountain says. I must rely on you readers with more knowledge in this area to know if this would be a good idea or not.
6. SHORTEN THE SEASON.
The NBA’s season comprises 82 games. Reducing the number of contests could make each one matter.
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