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02-17-2013, 12:19 AM
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knorthern knight
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Originally Posted by PCSPounder View Post
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.
Agreed. That would be a last resort. Idle use of that threat would only rile up the players.

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Originally Posted by PCSPounder View Post
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.
ASG losing Atlanta Hawks would be poetic justice, after what they did to the Thrashers. I wonder if the NBA charges them a $60 million "relocation fee" against their sale price.

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