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Old 07-08-2006, 04:25 PM   #1
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Default David Stern's dream of the 'internation NBA'

I'm sure everyone here has heard Stern ramble on in an interview about how he wants to in the next ten years have a team or multiple teams outside North America and nobody seems to question him about it and it drives me nuts.

- Could you imagine the travel if a team played in Europe? Having to fly back and forth?
- Why would an American want to move out of the USA and play so far away from friends and family?

NBA fans in China and in Europe can just purchase an NBA TV package, no FA's are going to want to sign out in Europe, the whole concept is ridiculous and I wish Stern would keep the game here.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:30 PM   #2
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Stern has some weird ideas, but I honestly don't believe that when he said he wanted to expand out of North America, he didn't mean just one league. It's the same concept as the NFL Europe. He could do an NBA Europe and a NBA Asia.
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i don't think he wants a 1 big league... think NFL europe... thats what he's aiming for.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:39 PM   #4
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Well that's almost impossible as well, the teams in Europe have their roots deep and I just to see the NBA coming in and taking over...Lots of money in those leagues.
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its an impossible idea at this point in time.
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Old 07-08-2006, 04:47 PM   #6
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Why create NBA Europe?...It's not like anybody gives a crap about NFL Europe?...It's American rejects that go there to play and the only spectators that show up come to use the washroom or sh!t on the grass.
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Why would an American want to move out of the USA and play so far away from friends and family?
Who cares what they want? Foreign players leave their family and friends all the time to play here. The millions of dollars will help them get over their homesickness.
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He wants about 6-8 teams to go over to europe for the Pre-season and play a couple of euro league teams in a tournament
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you can't have everyone in the same league, the traveling would be too much, home teams would have such an advantage. What I think would be cool if they had leagues in a whole bunch of different countries, and the winner of each country got together to play for the championship. I doubt people would wanna live outside the US though...
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isn't thats what they call the World Cup?
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Stern doesn't want international players to outshine american players. He wants international exposure. He wants the money from foreign countries watching the NBA. He wants the prestige of being able to say: look what I'm doing to make the game global. As long as the foreign players do not usurp the American kids.
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no more teams Stern!!

the Grizzlies and the Raptors never shouldve been added.......let alone the Bobcats.
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It'd be cool to see 3 or 4 more Canadian teams.

Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg? (Orealius will like that last one)
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It'd be cool to see 3 or 4 more Canadian teams.

Montreal, Vancouver, and Winnipeg? (Orealius will like that last one)

Winnipeg couldn't support a hockey team, let alone a basketball one. I'd just as soon add another team in Toronto. In Scarborough, no less. Call it 'Boro Gangstaz.
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It WILL be a reality over the next 10-20 years. It has to do with technology. If in the next 10 years, you can get a plane to do London to New York in 3 hours then it won't be a big deal.
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