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Joe Crawford: Change We Can Believe In


We have heard a lot about big name players potentially taking their talents overseas to wait out the lockout, we’ve seen videos of them playing in random pick up games, and we’re all about to witness the effect they can have on the University of Kentucky, but what can NBA players do to fight back against the owners while they wait for a deal to be reached? Well former Wildcat Joe Crawford has a plan, and honestly, I don’t hate it.

Think about it.  There is a desire there to watch the players – simply look at the reception that former UK players are getting playing against the Dominican Republic team.  Look at the amount of hits Kevin Durant at Rucker Park got.  If you think people wouldn’t be interested in going to an NBA barnstorming tour of sorts, you’re crazy.  On top of that, people have been complaining of ESPN’s dominance in the sports market lately, there might be a small TV deal to be struck out there with another random Cable channel.

Of course, there are a number of issues.  There is no way those players would get anywhere near what they are used to making (though it would be more than the nothing they are currently receiving.)  There’s always a risk of injury anytime you put it on the line to play.  There might even be a risk of owner backlash once the lockout is settled for all but the most invaluable of players (though I kind of doubt that last one.)

What do you think of Joe’s proposal? It manages to give the players a little say in what’s going on, and it would be highly entertaining.  Especially if every game started off with two team captains and a pick ’em line up.

Article written by Will Lentz

15 Comments for Joe Crawford: Change We Can Believe In

  1. Guck Foodman
    8:10 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink


  2. Ben
    8:11 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    The promoters are going to make most of the money because they take the risk! There are so many variables to consider. Some of the stars could make good money, but business is business. It would be very difficult to make it work and keep all parties happy. Something to talk about!

  3. NBA players
    8:17 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    They are too dumb to be able come up with such a plan, this will never ever happen.

  4. Gab Daddi
    8:20 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Bring back SlamBall.

    8:21 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    It’s called streetball gambling.

  6. Big Blue 66
    8:23 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Bring back the ABA along with the red white and blue balls……i just said blue balls

  7. msnthrop
    8:33 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Union Yes! Let there be bargaining instead of begging.

    8:35 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    How come the # number of comments is always higher than the amount in the comments section when I click on it?

  9. Obama
    8:38 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    How bout we spread the money around. I’ll take money from the higher paid players and give it to the scrubs.

  10. Ghost of Bear Bryant
    8:48 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    When you add up what’s involved behind the scenes to create a successful league you’ll see why the owners can sell their teams for millions of dollars.

    The system can’t be created overnight otherwise it would be easily duplicated and the NBA, NFL, would fall when the next Joe Crawford came along with the idea to copy the idea.

    Can it be done? Absolutely. Would it cost an extreme amount of money that few players would be interested in risking? Absolutely.

    Then if the “players” got togethet and pooled their money to create such a league, the “players” who risked the most would want the biggest cut which would put them right back to where they are but just with different owners.

    Say you would be fine with that down the road (having a 50 year old Michael Jordan owning 1 team, a retired Shaquille O’Neill owning a team, a Retired Kobe Bryant owning a team) as at least you’d now have ex-players as owners instead of rich old white guys owning the teams.

    There’s pluses and minuses to that as well. A plus being the new owners might understand the needs of the players better (even though there would be no guarantee they’d be willing to share a larger percent of the profits). A minus would be you’d have a bunch of owners who know very little (unqualified business acumen) about running successful business. This could very well be enough to break the system on a much more consistent basis that the current arrangements.

    In the end, players have to accept the owners will make a larger chunk of the pie. Is that what this is about completely? Well, maybe… I just can’t help but think the majority color of the owners might play a part of the motivation as well (however sad that is).

  11. MtnCat
    9:31 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Players need the owners, nobody else can write those size checks.

    10:32 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    Haha…Joe Crawford talking about the NBA.

  13. Lloyd Christmas
    11:33 pm August 7, 2011 Permalink

    What a naive black

  14. Car89
    9:48 am August 8, 2011 Permalink

    I could care less about the NBA or any “pro” team. If they don’t think they are making enough money playing a game. They should try their luck out here in the real world. Then on the slim outside chance they actually achieved the level of success the current NBA owners have which comes with much risk then they could listen to their employees who make more than the GDP of some countries complain about how unfair things are. NEXT?

  15. Smurff Dirt (find me on facebook)
    2:37 am August 10, 2011 Permalink

    I look like Danny Bonaduce and I like to TRY to rap