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If the Frisco, TX team was going to play this coming season, the Jam would be gone. I think they wanted to keep the league at an even amount of teams(16). It looks like they'll divide the league into four divisions.
Rio Grande Valley
With all due respect, A1 has great sources and opinions, but I feel you are off base here. The plan that the Jam came up with may change the landscape of minor league basketball marketing and may save legitimate minor league basketball from extinction. The facility built for the Jam in Bakersfield is first class. It is owned by the owners of the team, has a great floor and room for party suites, floor seats, seats for group sales and most importantly eliminates the need to try to sell 10,000 seats at Rabobank Arena in this down economic time. Each Jam event will be catered with first class food for patrons. The atmosphere will be intimate and a great place to do business as well as a up close and personal experience for kids in groups coming to games. This new business model will save the Jam for the Bakersfield area. The Jam will still play at least two games at Rabobank Arena for large group opportunities and fund raising. In the future when demand for Jam tickets is higher a new 3 or 4 thousand seat arena could be built or maybe a return to Rabobank would then make sense. In the meantime LIVE professional basketball continues to be provided to the fans in Kern County. You should rethink your opinion of this unique idea. i think it is brilliant.
Last edited by Former ABA'er; 07-07-2009 at 03:14 PM.
They will play at their practice facility..all home games less than 1,000 seats......NBA should be ashamed with this league
Manchester United isn't ashamed when no one shows up at their reserve game. The MLS doesn't care who shows up on Sunday mornings when the reserve game is played. Gulf Coast League baseball is played in empty stadiums and their MLB owners don't fret it. That's the model this league seems to be taking.
The ownership group DOES care who shows up for games. That is why there will be seats available for groups at $5 per game so kids, charities, fundraisers will still be in attendance. There will also be 2 Saturday night games at Rabobank arena so large groups, (Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts, Church Groups, School Groups etc) will still have a chance to see live professional basketball in Kern County. The owners can not continue to lose seven figures every year and continue to fund the team. A new business model was the only solution. This plan allows the team to possibly break even. The Jam could not continue to exist without this innovative concept. This may be the business model for many more minor league basketball franchises. Who knows what the future holds? By allowing to team to continue to operate, maybe one day the economy will recover, increased local fan demand will allow a move back to Rabobank Arena for all home games. If the team folds now, it goes away forever!
While I am not familiar with Bakersfield, I can't imagine there isn't a high school gym capable of sitting a thousand or more in town. Even University of Texas Arlington has enough sense to play their games in an auditorium, with seats facing one side of the court...