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Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Posted on: January 20, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 9:05 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for business affairs Jeanie Buss says the NBA should consider contraction. Posted by Ben Golliver.jeannie-buss

Good news, LeBron James: Phil Jackson's significant other totally co-signs your thoughts on contraction!

In a feature piece posted on the Wall Street Journal's website , Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president for business affairs Jeanie Buss said that she believes the NBA may need to consider contracting franchises, focusing on those that are struggling financially.
As a result, Ms. Buss even mentioned in an interview with the Journal that the NBA should consider getting smaller by folding some of its weaker franchises in poorly performing markets.
“I would hate to see us lose teams, but I think contraction is something we have to consider,” Ms. Buss said. “We may be in some markets we shouldn’t be in.”

In a sign of what Ms. Buss will be in for over the coming months, an official with the the NBA’s players union seized on her statements and said the issue of contraction was “clearly dividing the owners.”

“If the owners are not on the same page it will make it that much more difficult to get a collective bargaining agreement,” the official said.
Jackson made somewhat similar headlines in December when he said he wasn't happy about the NBA stepping in to purchase the struggling New Orleans Hornets. Jackson's comments were more directed at relocating the Hornets rather than folding them, though, so Buss goes further here.

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, of course, caused a national media tidal wave in December when he said the NBA should consider eliminating some teams so that it could get back to the league's glory days of the 1980s.

It's understandable that an executive from a large-market, highly-profitable, luxury-tax paying team would view contraction as a step in their best interest and in the best interest of the league. It is somewhat surprising, though, that these comments would be made publicly, as team executives are usually loathe to comment on hot-button CBA topics for fear of fines from commissioner David Stern's office, and many view negotiating in public as detrimental to the overall cause.

What's even more interesting is that Lakers owner Jerry Buss, Jeanie's father, said in November that he would support increased revenue sharing, a policy that would obviously make things easier financially for small-market teams and, by extension, make contraction less likely. 

Where does this leave us? Well, it's the first public internal fissure in ownership's position, as small-market owners league-wide obviously cannot support these comments. The Players' Association made a thorough effort to bring James back into the fold after his contraction statements; it will be intriguing to watch how the league office and the NBA's other owners respond to Buss's declaration.
Comments

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

not on her recent phots , that is a old photo

I don't know what you are looking at, but that photo is from last year's ring ceremony. She's still looking very good.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Anyone suggesting the Lakers should be contracted (whether in jest or not) is in no position to call anyone else stupid or an airhead.



Since: Nov 28, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

How about basing it on financial insovency, you moron?




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:58 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

mrrickers, are you thinking with your heart here?  Airhead?  She has been running one of the most succesful sports organizations for a while now.  The Lakers should go away?  Yeah, get rid of highest grossing team in the NBA.  Unfortunately those in favor of contraction are actually on to something.  There are teams like the Hornets that are dying a slow, painful death.  Half filled arenas is not a good sign and I dont want to here the excuse about win and they will come.  The Hornets have a record of 27-16 and are barely getting 14,000 to the games.  Sorry man, but the truth is the truth.




Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Charlotte led the league in attendance for years in the 1990s until George Shinn crapped on everyone's face. So the city is perfectly capable of supporting a franchise. If the team has a winning product, it gets supported which was evident at the end of last year and the 95% renewal rate and 2,200 new season ticket holders for this year.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:19 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Nice.  Is she an idiot?  Come on, how can you, part owner or owner of the Lakers, tell the NBA that we should contract.  Ok, Buss, who then?  How about the Lakers for one?  Hum, no, you hate that idea.  See, how can anyone really define who should go away.  Buss often goes on radios out here and talks about nothing at all.  Kind of an airhead if you ask me.  I just want to know when money allowed you to talk and/or act stupid.



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

She wasin Playboy a long time ago.  How does she hookup with that goon jackson??!!!



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Whoa...Buss is hot!

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 not on her recent phots , that is a old photo




Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 21, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

Well maybe they should contradic the lakers being the clippers have better young talent and will be the dominant team in L.A. in a few years as blake griffin gets better



Since: Jun 13, 2007
Posted on: January 21, 2011 11:54 am
 

Lakers exec Jeanie Buss floats NBA contraction

It's a very old picture, probably about 10 years ago.  If you see her now, you will rethink whether she is hot.


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