Chris Paul, the president of the players association, arranged a call yesterday that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook, sources said. The conference call was arranged to discuss the corona-virus pandemic, and the possibility of the NBA season returning. Apparently a “pact” was formed to possibly put pressure on the league to resume play under certain conditions. Possibly the removal of fans from the stadium.
Many fans believe that the season should be cancelled, however the financial implications of that are relatively unknown. The NBA has had a surge in popularity over the past decade, and cancelled seasons (historically) have been very bad for “fan-interest” in sports (look at the various strikes in baseball, and hockey, for example).
On the other hand, what % of NBA fans, ACTUALLY GO TO A GAME, every season? I love basketball, and watch most games, but the Raptors unfortunately have gotten too expensive for me to enjoy in person… Also the NBA is HUGELY popular overseas, and in countries that do not have a teams, and cannot attend games anyways. How much of the revenue is REALLY coming from ticket sales, now that advertising revenue seems to be the new “King”?
I personally am in favor of the season coming back with no fans, but than again, I didn’t spend thousands on season tickets…. I feel for those people.
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