Sunday, July 27, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For July 27th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst twitter @wchoops and @kcsportsmgmt

NBA 2017-18--- At anytime now the NBA is expected to announce a new TV deal with either its present partners or future TV partners. The deal is expected to be somewhere in the range of $1.5 to $1.8 billion yearly, double the present TV. The new deal will take affect in the 2016-17 season.

Everyone in the game and in sports business is watching this situation. Both the NBA player's association and the NBA, want labor peace. But that may not be possible, when, in the current collective bargaining agreement, either side can opt out of the agreement in 2017. Right now, it would appear that we will almost for sure have another labor stoppage in the 2017-18 season. Every sign points to the economics as being as such.

Kevin Johnson----Johnson, the mayor of Sacramento, who was extremely instrumental in getting the Kings to stay in his town, has just found out how fragile things can be in the NBA, or better yet, "what have you done for me lately."

Mayor Johnson was helping the NBA player's association select a new executive director, a position that has not been filled since the departure of Billy Hunter in 2013. Johnson broke off all ties with the players this past week, when word got out that some players did not like his involvement because he might be too close to NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who was a key player in the Kings remaining in Sacramento and not moving to Seattle.

Kevin Johnson did yeoman work in keeping the Kings in his town. But it always seemed kind of odd that a full time mayor of a big American city would be dedicating time to helping the NBA players' association, unless of course he had visions of being their next leader, or ever bigger replacing Adam Silver someday.

Mayors of big cities need to stick to the business of running their own cities and the welfare of their citizens, no matter how talented they are in other areas.

Concordia University---Congrats to Concordia University on passing the last hurdle in joining the NCAA. In the 2015-16 season, the Cavaliers will become a full time member of the Division-2 GNAC Conference, after playing this year,  their final season as member of the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference.

This is quite a jump for any school, to go up virtually two levels and especially a private school. Concordia is a great university, with many great alumni, but personally I am hoping they did not bite off more than they can chew.

One thing that needs to happen almost immediately is for the North Portland School to remodel or expand their basketball gymnasium. The GNAC is a powerful conference, especially a conference where basketball drives the bus and the present facility at Concordia University is just too small to compete on a consistent level at D-2.

Wonderful people at Concordia, here is wishing them to get it done in this major athletic move.

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