We still need to keep track of the 2005 eleventh overall Draft pick. Yes, it’s been that long since our front office took a gamble on the big man. Here’s the slouching 28-year-old’s photo shoot with his Spanish club. Looks like Vazquez is taking a page out of Kevin Garnett’s ‘mean mugging’ playbook.
The Magic have created what they’re calling their “Loyalty Benefit Plan,” which gives season-ticket holders three options in case games are missed.
Today, the team sent an e-mail message to its season-ticket holders. The message was signed electronically by the team’s president, Alex Martins.
If I’ve written this once, I’ve written it a hundred times: Sports leagues are sadly mistaken if they think they matter in some meaningful way. Athletes, owners and, yes, media members have this delusional belief that American life revolves around professional sports. Little do they know that sports are just a minor diversion in most people’s lives; a 30-second conversation in the office break room while you’re waiting for the coffee to finish brewing. If you think basketball and baseball are truly important, I suggest you watch the local 6 o’clock news where sports gets a minute or two — a mere fraction of the time devoted to weather.
As we noted before, in terms of pure numbers the two sides are pretty close (well, if you consider $80 million a season and more than $500 million over the course of the deal “close”). The owners informally proposed the “concept” of a 50/50 split of revenue, the players informally said no lower than 52 percent (they got 57 percent in the last labor deal).
They could split the difference, but challenge is for Stern and union head Billy Hunter to convince the hard liners on both sides to give a little more to get a deal done. Then they have to attach the economic numbers to a salary cap system that both sides can live with. It’s a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it.
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