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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  14 responses

Phoenix Suns Owner ‘Disappointed’ By Home Schedule


Robert Sarver read through the NBA schedule last night when it was released, and he’s not happy that many of the Eastern Conference’s top teams won’t be making their way to Phoenix, since that represents a big financial loss at the ticket counter. From the Arizona Republic: “Phoenix is the only team that will not have a home game this season against Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York or Orlando. ‘I was disappointed for our fans,’ Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. ‘When the preliminary schedule came out, I asked the league to reconsider and they didn’t. You’ve got to factor in all the arenas and timelines, and they weren’t able to move dates around.’ Although some West teams are visiting only once this season, Phoenix will get two home games against the Lakers, Mavericks, Clippers and Spurs, Sarver noted. Eleven of the other 14 West teams play at least three of those five top East teams at home. Golden State and Oklahoma City host all five attendance boosters. Houston did not fare much better than Phoenix, getting New York at home but not Boston, Chicago, Miami or Orlando. ‘For the most part, the schedule is computer-generated by a consulting firm that does schedules for the NHL and NBA,’ Sarver said. ‘Unfortunately for us, given the short schedule, we’re not going to see some of the elite teams in the East.’ The Suns will be on ESPN or ESPN2 nine times this season and twice on TNT (home vs. Dallas and the Clippers).”

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  • slamfan4life

    you arent the only one

  • Art

    Sarver’s just mad from a money standpoint he don’t care bout the fans out here! If he did he would spend the money to put a decent team together!!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He is spending just as much money as he would if he did put a winning team on the floor. What he shouldn’t ever do (again) is fire his GM and then make roster moves on his own. Because he shot Phoenix in the foot. ON the schedule issue, everyone here is disappointed. Good luck selling out a single eastern conference game. Cuz you won’t

  • Morgan

    This is the price you pay for locking out your players for so long.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Wasn’t Sarver the same moron that was trying to break the union’s backs because he supported small-market teams and hated big-markets? Have fun watching the bobcats, timberwolves and pacers.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    At first he was. But he was supposedly the first “hard-line” owner to push to end the lockout. It seems that the change of heart happened right after they started missing games. Basically he’s too cheap to stick to his own beliefs on the NBA structure. (assuming everyone realizes that there really wasn’t many NBA teams that were actually losing money after tax breaks and all non CBA related income)

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Well, karma is like that sometimes.

  • Goode

    Really, Sarver should be happy because although the fans might not get to see some of the great teams, that also means the level of competition they are going to play is easier than the elite teams (LA, Bos, Chi, Mia, Dal, OKC, etc.) that have to see the top teams in the opposite conference twice. Could mean they have a better chance of slipping in to the playoffs due to a lighter schedule competition wise.

  • price

    @goode maybe thats the problem, everybody knows how stacked the upcoming draft is.

  • http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine nbk

    No their level of competition is even harder. Because they have to play all of those teams on the road instead of at home, where there is an inherent advantage. Where the f*ck is the logic that playin those teams on the road is easier for the Suns than playing them at home? some of y’all are retarded.

  • http://www.twitter.com/kevinchung Kevin

    K A R M A – gg Sarver, you don’t even deserve to own an NBA team

  • LA Huey

    Suns fans are disappointed with the team you’re putting on the floor. Assemble a better product and you won’t have to rely on your fans coming just to see the other teams.

  • Bt

    @nbk – it also makes their winning chances higher. Instead of wasting home games on teams they would probably lose to anyway they have more against midlevel opposition where home court is the difference between a win and a loss

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    That’s true, If you assume they can only beat bad teams at home. Which isn’t true with the current roster

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