From 2003 through 2008, I worked for two different companies that had plants in the Charlotte area. As a result, I visited the Queen City dozens of time on business. While I don’t miss the business travel, I do miss both the people and the city of Charlotte.
How are small market teams valued in the CBA, and should it be more/less?
A tough question, but one very important not only to Bobcat fans, but also the followers of the Blue-and-Gold. Here’s a taste of my response.
Truth be told, small markets like Charlotte (1.2 million TV households) and Indianapolis (1.1 million) are of dubious value in a league whose revenues are increasingly dependent on local TV revenue. Each would be doing well to get a local TV rights deal that gives them in ten years what the reported new Time Warner deal gives the Lakers in just one. It seems relatively clear that the NBA is far more important to these two markets than these markets are to the NBA.
Don’t worry…that’s not all. I don’t sell us down the river. Click on the link above, and head on over.