I see some shaddy stuff going on in the East. So I guess the Express better purchase your tickets to the west coast for the finals.
We will have - My prediction after working all day at the Explosion office to setup the playoff's is that Edmonton wins it all if they do not lose to Tacoma.(should be cool possible Shawn Kemp and other NBA players at the game also.)
So at least you do not have to travel so far.
The east teams with the exception of elkhart are only here to subsidized the rest of the league, and pay franchise fees to dulio, who couldnt care less what happens. just look at the all star game for heavens sake. Or how poorly the pre season tournament was run. I know of teams that thought those were exhibition games, only to find out that they count on their regular season record. Great communication.
Its time for the ibl and aba to go away, and i gotta think it will. If whatever league it is, has no plan to address the previous years problems, or no plan to try and improve the quality of the league, and their only objective is to expand and make more franchise fees, then you have no real league.
this aau mentality that is now growing in so called minorleague basketball, is and has destroyed the integrity and respect that minorleague basketball once had.
I can tell you this, there are people who were coaching and involved in the Old IBA that are now coaching and scouting in the NBA. But rest assured, these clowns involved in this league couldnt even scout a pbl game or coach it. What a travesty. Because there are some decent people involve with this league, but they are very naive.
If you think about professional sports, the ultimate goal...the sole reason for playing, the sole reason for following as a fan, is to prove you have the best team by winning a championship.
Business is business...I get that. You need to make things work financially.
However, what people who attempt to run some of these leagues don't understand is the goal of a championship run is what builds the excitement. That's how a fan gets pumped up about his or her team.
I guess it is what it is! The IBL should be real and call it what it is becoming - an exposure league! My question is what is the Express doing in this league still. They have built a solid foundation, which will undoubtedly be hurt by the financial failures of a good portion of the rest of this league.
I hate to be a pessimist, and trust me...I'd like to be supportive, but this isn't good for the IBL! Hopefully this league can regroup and find a way to have a better season next year!
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The information came from this Gary Post-Tribune article. The person starting this thread missed a few details:
http://www.post-trib.com/sports/1025770 ... ds.article
The Steelheads are going to play in the east tournament if two things happen first. 1) They get their current checks on time, and 2) Those checks clear. Sounds reasonable to me. More than reasonable. The players aren't going to get future checks for playing in the tournament though and must sign waivers to participate.
Same old Gary, Indiana stuff. We're our worst enemies. It's nothing new unfortunately. Sigh!
Gary was scheduled to play tomorrow at 4:15. The Elkhart paper had the story today that Gary would not be playing, and announced the newest schedule. We're went from a 4 games on Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday to 2 Friday, 2 Saturday, 1 Sunday, to now 1 Friday, 1 Saturday, 1 Sunday.
When is payday? Do the players think they're going to go to the bank Friday, cash their checks, then just show up for their bye game on Saturday? Sorry, but their won't be anyone for them to play!
If Elkhart (city/county) had a gym/arena available to them with an NBA court, I doubt the Express would be involved in the IBL - they'd be looking at D-League.
I'm sorry. This cannot be acceptable.
Teams need to have dates reserved upfront with a shortened playoffs, and have escrow/deposit accounts set up with the league to guarantee the playoff games would be played.
The way it's going the PBL could just steal some IBL teams and create their own summer league in a couple years.
This is probably the first real negative comment I ever had on the IBL, which pains me a lot. They were doing a number of things the right way, offering a fun, high-scoring version of basketball.
I think all the travel costs and playing beyond where it's reasonable will kill any league, IBL and PBL will be no exceptions.
It's like that Tears for Fears song: Everybody wants to rule the world. Enough of this global expansion. These are AA leagues at best and can't afford it.
Let's hope they can right the ship and fast because they can't afford this to continue for long.