David Stern Eyes China

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  1. PitBull

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    It is a warm and sunny June afternoon in Los Angeles when Yi Jianlian
    shows up for a workout. There is little fanfare accompanying the arrival of
    China's latest U.S. export, just a dutiful manager trailing him through the
    double doors of L.A.'s Home Depot Center and a trainer patiently waiting
    for him on the other side. Ever since China first approved Yi's entrance
    into the NBA draft last November, people have wondered if Yi is the next
    Yao Ming.

    Following the 60-minute workout Yi, his new shirt drenched with sweat,
    departs for the second stage of his audition: a debriefing with Kings
    officials who use the time to interview the prized prospect who has yet to
    be vetted by the American media. There, at a local restaurant, Yi will
    answer a barrage of questions ranging from his hobbies to his
    experiences with alcohol and marijuana. For China's next big thing, it's all
    part of the process.

    As the NBA draft approaches, Yi's potential success could signal the
    opening of an Asian pipeline to the NBA that has been growing in talent
    in recent years and eventually could becomes as fruitful as Europe and
    South America. Should he succeed, NBA teams may be more inclined to
    draft players out of the Pacific Rim.

    "With the emphasis that is being put on basketball in China," says NBA
    commissioner David Stern. "I think it is fair to assume that there will be
    additional basketball talent in the Chinese population where 300 million
    people are playing basketball and as a matter of government policy the
    game is being promoted."
     
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    "...as a matter of government policy the
    game is being promoted."

    Stern seems very comfortable working with totalitarians.
     
  4. DixieDestroyer

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    Stern is looking to turn the YoBA into another "multinational" entity, and like other liberal Globalists he probably yearns to embrace the Red Chinese (our proven enemy).
     
  5. Charlie

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    The assumption is the NBA will always be the premier league and will draw the best talent by offering the largest salaries. Instead, IMHO, there will be a number of premier basketball leagues the same way there are four major soccer leagues with comparable salary and endorsement structures (Spain, Italy, England and Germany).

    There is also the matter of tax incentives. A league in a low tax country could be more attractive to top players than the NBA located in a relatively high-tax USA. Even countries with high taxes could make special concessions for athletes which would be impossible in egalitarian mad America.

    I doubt China intends to operate a farm system for the NBA. I also doubt the various Euro leagues intend to allow the NBA to dictate how the game will develop in Europe. The viable model there is the Champions League.

    Like many other American products the NBA may become increasingly unpopular internationally, especially with better alternatives.
     
  6. white tornado

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    David stern knows how to make money.
     
  7. white is right

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    I have seen some black American players who were making a few million in Spain or Italy whine how they were shut out of the NBA and sign for veteran minimums to get back in the "show". I have also seen it go the other way and Euro stars dismiss NBA advances because they were making millions in Europe.
     
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