One that I was told was that the IBL was going to send the Explosion players to the All Star game and then the team had to tell the players that the IBL pulled this.
I think that if you keep Dulio talking long enough, you'll find that he can't tell the truth. I'm sure that we're at a point where the owners have talked, compared notes, and things just aren't adding up.
Time for a change.
Explosion ownership is 50/50 on coming back next year and does anyone think they should or jump ship to the NABL I guess. North Americian Basketball League.
Explosion ownership is 50/50 on coming back next year and does anyone think they should or jump ship to the NABL I guess. North Americian Basketball League.[/quote]
Is anybody really surpirsed by this? These are not new issues to the IBL. Teams have had trouble. Teams play unequal numbers of games. They play in high school gyms. Players are paid little to nothing. Some players "tolerate" this because there is nothing else to do (for those who can't play in South America, PR, or abroad). Others work in the summer rather than opting for the IBL. The gaps are filled by other players who don't have the skills to play beyond a summer league. The IBL, right down to the prospectus, is a "budget league." When you are a budget league, you get budget performance. Nothing wrong with that, but don't seem surprised when these issues arise. Leagues need to be run/owned collectively by the teams, otherwise there will be constant questions of what the league "owner" is doing with league dues and fees.
I hope by "budget performance" you are referring to the league's management, and not the players. I've seen nothing but teams playing their best at all the games I've been to, both home and away. And the players are talented - maybe not big enough, strong enough, or consistent enough for the NBA, but talented and working their hardest.The IBL, right down to the prospectus, is a "budget league." When you are a budget league, you get budget performance.
Don't get me wrong. There are good players in the IBL. (No, they cannot match man for man against the CBA or other leagues as some others have tried to say in other threads.) There are also some players in the IBL who couldn't make it in the winter leagues. There is nothing wrong with that. It is a summer league and there is a place and need for summer leagues. Some of the better minor league players opt out of playing in the summer because:
1. pay is very little and they make more money working elsewhere
2. they're healing in the off season
3. there are better opportunities abroad in the summer
The IBL needs to avoid trying to compare itself with other leagues, concentrate on the niche it fills, and otherwise ensure its teams can meet their obligations. If teams can't do it on an IBL budget, then there is a serious problem in the IBL application approval process.