NBA Stars’ World Tour Experiencing Problems Already?
According to Yahoo! Sports, the much-hyped world tour featuring many of your favorite NBA stars could be facing several glitches as it struggles to get off the ground: “As NBA stars such as Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant prepare for a lucrative, six-game global tour set to begin later this week, time is running out on finalizing an agreement with Puerto Rico promoters for the opening game in San Juan, sources told Yahoo! Sports. Tour organizer Cal Darden Sr., of Atlanta, has until Monday to provide several requirements – including 18 signed player agreements – for a game this Saturday night at San Juan Arena. The potential loss of the Puerto Rico game could have broader implications for the entire tour. San Juan officials are desperate to start selling tickets, sources said. The global tour is slated to continue to London, Macau and Melbourne over the next two weeks. Players involved have agreements to pay them anywhere from a six-figure fee to more than $1 million for participation.The Puerto Rican Tourism company is paying a $750,000 host fee with the assistance of corporate sponsors, but one Puerto Rico source briefed on the details said the local government will not financially back the game without a broad television package.”