The games really have been exciting and far above the expectations set by Nostrajoker and other witch hunters, conspicuously absent as of late.
I bet one Albany player's weekly salary is paid more than the entire Jersey Express pay for one game ($50 per player x 12 players = $600).
http://www.nj.com/morristown/jasonlockh ... or_je.html
Big interleague re-match for Jersey Express
by Jason Lockhart
Thursday December 18, 2008, 10:21 PM
Jason Lockhart Express players go up for the rebound in the Dec. 13th matchup against the Hope Trailblazers.
It's the home game the Jersey Express has been waiting for since training camp.
On Saturday night, the fourth-year American Basketball Association franchise will square off at Drew University against a semi-pro team from the rival Continental Basketball Association for the first time at home.
The Albany Patroons already beat the Express 104-97 in Albany, N.Y., on Thursday.
Jersey Express president and co-owner Marsha Blount is hoping her promotional efforts will pay off with a big crowd for Saturday's 7 p.m. tip-off.
"This is exactly what Major League Baseball does with their inter-league play," Blount said. "This is truly an inter-league game and history in the making for us. We think a game like this will draw more people to come out and support us. "
Express forward Frank Corbett is eager to show fans how good the Express can be.
"I think it's a great challenge," Corbett said. "We're well prepared. A victory against this team will make the [ABA] league respect us."
Other Express players said they must take care of all the little things--running the zones, controlling the ball, and making free throws.
"Everybody feels confident about the [upcoming] game," said Duquan Everett, Express forward. "You have to be confident or else you shouldn't be playing at all."
Reynolds told his players during Wednesday night's practice that CBA teams are going to have good talent, and good size.
"We just have to be tough mentally," Reynolds said. "It's an area we have to get better in."
"Any basketball fan that knows the CBA knows about the quality of players," Blount said. "People want quality basketball."
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I agree that Jim Coyne sounds less than enthusiastic about the season, as I stated in another thread (his Patroons best team in Albany comment). He often seems to wear his feelings on his collar for everyone to see.
[quote=""misenern""]So that 1,000 season tickets thing was just hot air?
I thought the Patroons would have trounced the Express.[/quote]
I don't doubt the Patroons sold at least 1000 season tickets. However, I'll bet you dollars to donuts that most of those season tickets were part of sponsorship packages. That's the way the business works.
And many of the rest came at a discount after the team launched its Save the Patroons campaign.