My guarantee to you... if an NBA team buys the Stampede, it won't be to stay in Boise.
I don't buy that attendance average, BTW. Not one bit.
However, they do tend to cater to the courtsiders... probably why they're still in business.
Buying a floor for the arena may not be a big deal to some, but I am sure it is to the Idaho ownership that scrimped and saved to do it. I miss the Stampede, and the other former CBA teams. They were all well-run organizations.
Getting back $800 from the airline? Smart management, but something none of the fans will ever see.
The Idaho Statesman, for instance, always goes to, say, real estate people when doing articles about mortgage issues, so there's always sunshine being blown up our collective posteriors by this publication.
So, when I see this:
I'm asking you to read between the lines here. I don't see where additional money is really arriving here. I'm not buying the line about sponsorship growth... or at least I'm not buying that it's substantial.The Stampede owners average about 60 years of age, Ilett said. He has tried to lure some younger investors, but he also says selling part of the franchise to an NBA team is a possibility.
"We have to self-perpetuate this with people who are younger," said Ilett, 63.
Thing is, the stuff on the court is sweet.
I also think the comments on how Ilett goes over budgets line by line with Gates and other staff is educational- something that others should be looking at. I still think of Burrell Lee's "I just want to play ball" and shake my head. It takes a lot more work than that to be in this business, even for a coach.
Anaheim, Bakersfield and Colorado seem worse off from what I have seen.[/quote]
Team survival is not an issue of relativity in regards to the rest of the league. It's your own situation, including the lease, ownership, sponsorships, etc. Just because the attendance elsewhere might be worse doesn't mean they necessarily ARE worse.
However, I'd grant you that Bakersfield (certainly) and Anaheim (quite likely) have serious problems.