However, I believe that most teams shouldn't move. Sometimes, owners might have to make the decision to move if they can't pay taxes or other financial variables come into play, which I can understand. But if you need to move because you think you're not generating enough revenue, then you have done a bad job at hiring employees and workers. For instance, Bruce Ratner has been determined to move the Nets to Brooklyn since 2004. Let me remind you, that's the year after the team went to two straight NBA Finals championship series. The fanbase was at an all-time high, they were loyal, and revenue opportunities were blossoming. What possibly could have been so horribly bad about New Jersey? You're near one of the biggest cities in the world in New York City. I know the Meadowlands have been more of a construction site rather than a sports entertainment base, but with the Metlife Stadium that was just recently built, tell me Mr. Ratner, you couldn't let Mikhail Prokhorov use mostly his money to build the Barclays Center in East Rutherford? You just had to build it in Brooklyn? Do you really believe that you can "steal" Knicks fans? Most of whom have been loyal or if not, like the team because it is currently on an upswing. You couldn't just demolish the Izod Center, which has not been the greatest arena, and build the Barclays Center in the same spot? One billion dollars is one billion dollars. No matter where the Barclays Center was built, it would have cost that no matter what. If Nets fans don't know, did you know Mikhail Prokhorov actually wanted to keep the team in New Jersey? But Bruce Ratner wouldn't let him purchase the franchise unless he agreed to move them to Brooklyn in the new Barclays Center. Just because you move across the Hudson River does not mean you're going to generate revenue. Yes, there will be plenty of interest in the short-term. But if the team doesn't perform well and win games, then it will be a costly disaster for the franchise. They've also lost a lot of fans from New Jersey. Honestly, I think the Nets were stupid in how they handled this whole charade. If they won games, people would have showed up and supported the team more. If they bought in better players, they would have generated more revenue. It's as simple as that.
So now, for franchises who are in the small markets but want to succeed, what do you do? Several have failed, but some have relished in the small market, including the San Antonio Spurs, Memphis Grizzlies, and most recently the Indiana Pacers. But what can teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Portland Trail Blazers do to succeed in the league?
|Rookies Kyrie Irving (left) and Tristan|
Thompson (right) have given Cavaliers fans
an initial burst of excitement. Can they lead
the team back to the playoffs?
There are plenty of ways to make small market teams to succeed. If your team's GM is smart and does their homework on players, they will make the right moves for your team and take your team (hopefully) to the promised land. Drafting well is the biggest key for these teams, because if you want to get to the top you have to start from the bottom. Also, once the first round is over, I'll post a new entry including matchups, predictions, and more on the semifinals of this year's NBA Playoffs. Thanks for reading!