Other People's Words: A Virtual Business Trip to Charlotte

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.

So, it was nice when Brett from Queen City Hoops asked if I’d sit in for a question on their 3-on-3.ย  QCH writers Mathew and Spencer joined me in answering:

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.

Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm and David Walker ofย  Bobcat site Rufus on Fire answer the other questions.

Topics: 3-on-3, Bobcats, Collective Bargaining Agreement, Small Markets

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  • Boom Baby

    So you think that a decertification by the players’ union would result in small-market franchises folding or being driven out of the league?

  • http://www.eightpointsnineseconds.com Tim Donahue

    I honestly don’t know. It has to be considered at least a possibility.

  • JJ

    Does a hard cap prevent teams from exceeding that cap in future years or just the current year? For example: A hard cap of $100 million. Team A has a 2012 payroll of $99 million but in 2013, $105 million. They plan to deal with it when the time comes. Is this allowed or do they have to stay under the hard cap even for future seasons?