Monday, April 12th, 2010 at 12:00 pm  |  15 responses

Deron Williams Wants Sunday Home Games

The Utah Jazz famously never schedule any home games on Sundays, a decision which D-Will tells the Salt Lake Tribune he’s not in favor of: “In his latest set of mailbag answers on the team’s Web site, chief executive Greg Miller strongly suggested that the Jazz’s commitment to not scheduling Sunday home games out of respect for the area’s LDS Church leanings isn’t about to change. ‘It is a business decision to not play home games on Sunday,” Miller wrote. “We believe it would be very difficult to draw 19,911 fans to EnergySolutions Arena for a regular-season Sunday game, based on past experiences we have had with Sunday home games during the NBA playoffs. About the only way it would work was if the opponent were the Lakers, LeBron [James], or the Celtics. The Salt Lake Bees play between 10 to 12 Sunday home games each season, and our experience there has shown that Sunday attendance is about 50 percent less than other days of the week. Sundays are also slow for our Megaplex Theatres.’ Deron Williams , however, has been vocal that not playing Sunday home games puts the Jazz at a competitive disadvantage, forcing them to play a compressed schedule the other days of the week. Asked if he’d like to see the Jazz play at home on Sundays, Williams said: “Of course, I do. It would make our schedule a lot easier.’ Williams described the Jazz as feeling as if they must play ‘every day of the week some months. It’s pretty bad.”‘

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  • ENDS

    talk about weak-ends off

  • Joey E

    tough luck man. sorry D

  • Chazz Michael Michaels

    The Lakers, The Celtics… Or LeBron James!!! Haha Can we just change the name to the Cleveland LeBron’s? LeBron James is not only the superstar but the coach and owner!

  • bakers’ dozen

    Hopefully DWill isn’t a fan of Chick Fil A…can’t eat there on Sunday’s either.

  • Overtime

    I agree with the Jazz. James play for a team? Remember that?

  • peter

    cosign Chazz…Lakers, LeBron, Celtics…nice

  • Adrian Zapata

    he’ll be out of Utah as soon as his contract is up.

  • matt

    I am a jazz season ticket holder and lds and see what miller is saying. if the games were at night against top flight competition it might work, but not in the afternoons because of the church thing.

    i was at the lakers/jazz sunday playoff game on mother’s day in 2008 and half the crowded arrived late because of church, and i guarantee had it not been a playoff game most of the ticket holder’s wives would not have let their husbands go on a sunday at all. we’re an interesting bunch of people, but that’s the way we are.

    that being said, for the good of the players we should have some sunday games at least. d-will is right.

  • http://Twitter.com/pdxgaybball Dma

    Hmm then maybe Utah shouldn’t have a team period. At least not named Jazz

  • Sparty’s Law

    The Raptors always schedule early games on Sundays. I think part of the logic behind this was that the opposing players might be hungover and thus give a shout at winning. It never really worked out very well.

  • http://myspace.com/weezyleezy337 GametimeWeezy

    he doesnt seem happy in Utah

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    It’s an interesting dilema when religious ferver blends with sporting passion. I wonder then, if Shawn Bradley wouldn’t play on Sunday games during his illustrious career?

  • Sparty’s Law

    A.C. Green should have played in Utah.

  • chintao

    I can’t wait for Deron Williams to come play for the Knicks because of this. Yeah 2010.

  • Tara

    I would love to go to games on Sunday. I’m a non-church going season ticket holder and back D-Will 100%. I bet church goers would be able to sale their tickets for sunday games anyway.