WINNERS: Incoming owners
In Detroit and Philadelphia, they set the purchase price in an environment of league-wide losses and labor uncertainty. Now they emerge with owner-friendly rules, high TV ratings, media-friendly young stars to drive future league-wide ratings, a better national TV deal on the horizon, promising overseas markets and the knowledge that it’ll be harder in the future for opponents to outspend them.
I definitely agree. If the NBA weren’t such a public business, I wonder whether Gores would be trying to flip the Pistons already.