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Old 02-26-2007, 02:04 PM
MontanaFella MontanaFella is offline
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Default Yakama to the D-League?

Word on the streets here in Montana is that Yakama will be announcing a move to the D-League. I don't know if it is just a rumor, but what we hear is that isn't a question of 'if' only 'when'. That might be a big CBA nail in the coffin. Butte's attendance is sporratic at best and even though Great Falls has great fans and sponsors, one of thier biggest supporters told me that the deal they have with their arena will make it impossible to even break even until they at least double their average attendance, they need about 2400 people a night.

All of this is hear say but it doesn't seem far fetched. Any info?
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:22 PM
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The D-League has been after Yakama for two years now and the Tribe has always said "NO". Who knows maybe they are taking a long term approach now and see the D-League as the best option. The cost of operating a D-League franchise is a lot more than running a CBA team, so I did know if its in Yakama's best short term interest.
On the flip side, some of the news coming out of the CBAs headquaters has left me scratching my head a few times (mergering with a British league that does not exist, hiring ex-ABA front office executives, allowing a defunct ABA franchise entry and letting them relocating to Atlanta .....) So maybe they are ready to pack it in and head for greener pastures. IMO once comm. Stern gets the union to sign off on a High school draft and a high school draftee wage scale, D-Leafue franchises net worth will increase 20 fold.

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Old 02-26-2007, 06:56 PM
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I hope they stay with the CBA. I think things are looking up. the league needs a few years without dropping losing any teams. I hope this is just a rumor.
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:50 AM
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Default I personally...

...hope they move to the D-league, then again I'm only looking out for myself.

I lived in Yakima for 18 years until I went to college, and I used to work for them. It was the best job ever, and my career borders when I did there. I plan on working for the proposed Vancouver team, and already Emailed Mike, the President, and he said the problem is he is trying get a venue. Since I am graduating I need something when I come out, and it looks like I have to go back to Yakima for it.

And if I do, I sure hope there are in the D-league or move up soon within the next few years. I have a hunch that the CBA will merge with some other league, but I haven't done my research to find out who. It is really hard for a league to stay afloat with only 7 teams. The crowds get bored seeing the same opponents week after week.
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Old 02-27-2007, 05:53 AM
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Hey Chuck, what is your take on this?
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:41 PM
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The Tribe that runs Yakima was asked by the NBA if it wanted to be a D-league team but the Tribe said no, this makes sense because they would have to pay 250,000 or more plus 25,000 a year to join the D-league and would loose player personal control. Yakima averages around 3,000 a game which would be in the top 4 of the d-league, former cba team sf skyforce leads attendence around 3,700 game. In the near future I could see the NBA offering a lum sum of money for the cba put d-league franchises in Yakima and possibly later down the road in some of the other cities.

To answer the ? though Yakima is not planned as one of the 3/4 teams to start up in 07-08 in the D-league those teams would be Rio Grand Valley, Texas; Des Moies Iowa and Orem, Utah and the Florida Flama might restart operations if they can work a favorable stadium sitation.
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