Global to a Detriment
by Noam Schiller on August 9, 2010 at 6:19 pm ∑
First and foremost, this doubleheader is a major competitive disadvantage to the Nets and Raptors. In a 30 team league, you are hereby sentencing 2 of them to play one game less at home, one more on the road Ė quite a road at that Ė and to do it in conditions they arenít used to. How this passes by any ethically sound committee, I donít know. As for the games themselves Ė I donít know if youíve experienced a transatlantic flight before, but believe me, the last thing going through your mind when youíre walking off that plane is basketball. Unlike the preseason, when games are about getting into shape, regular season games and how you preform in them actually matter to the grand scheme of things. What happens if the Nets or Raptors are jockeying for playoff position (hey, everybodyís optimistic in August)
and they get knocked off course by playing two games on wobbly legs in a different time zone? Add that to the flight back home, the presumably condensed schedule that will be thrust upon them at other points in the season (so as to enable long breaks before and after intercontinental travel), and this hardly seems fair.
Both teams will suffer financial drawbacks as well. Every NBA home game is a complete package of ticket revenue, food sales, merchandising and what not. Well, 1 out of 41 of that is gone. While I am sure that these teams will be compensated with a share of the profits from London, I find it naÔve to think that the NBA wonít take the lionís share itself. Especially when the teams involved are relatively gray squads who donít fill your everyday fan with the insatiable drive to watch them play.
And speaking of the fans Ö what about them? Why do Nets and Raptors season ticket holders deserve one home game less than their counterparts? Maybe to some people missing one game of Andrea Bargnani or Brook Lopez isnít as bad as missing Kobe or Lebron, but from where does one draw the nerve to say that to fully paying fans, to devalue their passion for their teams to their faces?