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02-16-2013, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by knorthern knight View Post
How could there be a contraction? Seattle badly wants a team (or Sacramento if the Kings move to Seattle), and possibly Vancouver. Or are there that many NBA teams in trouble?
On one hand, a contraction threat is how a league tries to badger a player's association, and perhaps wring concessions from cities for arena improvements. Reduce supply to increase demand. The problem: your league will likely take a big black mark in perception if the league does it.

That being said, my Twitter stream has seen a LOT of empty buildings this year. Milwaukee has been in the whisper mill for relocation, but there are shots this year I've seen from Detroit, Atlanta, New Orleans, Indiana, even Phoenix (where the Suns used to be THE team)... and more that make Sacramento's crowds look relatively substantial. I wouldn't trust announced attendance for at least half the league right now.

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