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Shawn Kemp to be a spokesperson.
I'm not a huge basketball fan but I was really looking forward to proof that the NBA could join the MLB and NFL as sports leagues capable of financing stadium construction with substantial contributions from private funding sources. I guess we'll have to wait until the NBA thinks it's politically viable to move the
Shorter David Stern - we prefer cities that reliably prostrate themselves for NBA owners.
If I were the mayor of a city that a pro league was trying to shake down in such a fashion, I'd be saying, "forget the stadium - let us buy the team, and then we'll negotiate with ourselves about how nice a stadium/arena we want."
Whether I meant it, or was just bluffing, if more mayors would say this, it might get that option more widely discussed. Why shouldn't cities own teams? It hasn't hurt the Green Bay Packers.
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