Friday, October 21st, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  8 responses

Bobcats and Other Small Market Teams to Benefit from New Revenue Sharing

OK, so we may not see NBA basketball for a while, but when it returns, owners of small-market teams will have reason to smile. From the Charlotte Observer: “Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan has to be thrilled that his fellow NBA owners approved a new revenue-sharing plan that will nearly triple the redistribution of funds between small- and big-market teams. NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver said at a Thursday news conference that revenue sharing going forward will be roughly $150 million annually, compared with about $60 million last season. It wasn’t announced precisely what formula the league would use to redistribute those funds. Jordan and Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl lobbied hard for the idea that more generous revenue sharing was crucial to keeping all 30 NBA franchises competitive. The local television and radio revenue generated by some big-market teams, like the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, dwarfs what a franchise like the Bobcats, Bucks or Sacramento Kings can generate.”

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  • MikeC.

    I get why this is necessary, but I can totally see why a big-market owner would say “WTF?!?” to this move. Those big-market owners paid more for their teams simply because they’re in bigger markets and generate more revenue. If franchises were all valued at the same price, then sure, split up the revenue equally. Whatever move is needed to make sure all teams have the same shot at developing their rosters, I’m all for it. Seeing small-market teams being used as pseudo-farm teams for the deep-pocket teams kinda sucks.

  • anthony y

    I can see the point too. Then I think about San Antonio. Their one of the smallest markets in the league and managed to win four titles. Most of these small market teams are bad first and foremost. So I question what giving a bad team more money is going to do but try and subject us to their bad basketball cause they have the money to pay for tv coverage besides league pass? Are big superstars all of a sudden going to find Minnesota and Toronto attractive? I’m not at all against the idea, I just think their being a little naive to think this is gonna level out the playing field.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    If the reason that small markets aren’t as successful than larger markets is becasue of revenue sharing, then this would make a lot of sense. However, the bigger reason for the disparity of quality teams among market size is most superstars don’t want to play in small markets. It’s easy to use San Antonio as the exception to the rule, but if you look at their ‘stars’ Robinson (previously), Duncan, Manu, Parker etc. I’m not sure why, but these guys personalities seem to fit a smaller market than a big one (I know there isn’t any logic to that, but I still feel that way). As good/great as Duncan is, he’s certainly hasn’t made nearly the kind of endorsement money he could have with a big market team or maybe just a more ‘showboat’ or ‘flamboyant’ personality.

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    If NY was a small market, Amare would likely have never singed there, nor would have Melo. So even when a big market seems ‘down’ they have a much easier time getting talent – which isn’t becaue revenue sharing. Only exception to this seems to be the Clippers.

  • MikeC.

    Spurs won championships because of excellent coaching, scouting and execution from talented players. They also got flat out dumbass lucky twice in the lottery with Robinson and Duncan. They had a good team, then Robinson hurt his back and was out most of the season, came back for a few games and broke his foot, which put them in the lottery. Dumbass lottery luck landed them Duncan. Great scouting built the team around him. Of those late-draft steals don’t pan out, they don’t win and Duncan does sign with the Magic and he’s T-Mac instead of T-Mac being T-Mac. I forget where I was going with this. My dog pooped on the floor mid-comment.

  • hushabomb

    Duncan may not have made the endorsement money he could have made, he sure made it up with a max contract though.
    Whatever the case may be, it don’t matter where you play as long as the only that bounces is the basketball and not the cheque.

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I am happy with this

  • Dayne

    If the league wishes to grow the brand, IMHO it is important that there be some level of parity amongst the teams. If the same 4-5 teams win the championship all the time them why would you expect anyone to root for anyone but those 4-5 teams. Also, increased revenue sharing is what I expect from the owners. Now for a hard(ish) salary cap…