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Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:12 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:50 pm
Posted by Royce Young

Robert Sarver, also known as the Phoenix Suns' owners, also known as one of the league's hardline owners that helped push the lockout deep into November, isn't happy about the new schedule. Oh, the irony.

Via the Arizona Republic:
“I was disappointed for our fans,” Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver said. “When the preliminary schedule came out, I asked the league to reconsider and they didn’t. You’ve got to factor in all the arenas and timelines, and they weren’t able to move dates around.”


"For the most part, the schedule is computer-generated by a consulting firm that does schedules for the NHL and NBA," Sarver said. "Unfortunately for us, given the short schedule, we're not going to see some of the elite teams in the East."
You hear that? Disappointed for the fans. What a guy. Forget that the reason we're having this ridiculous shortened season was largely in part of guys like Sarver that tried to use competitive balance as a red herring to make a cash grab, but whatever. Sarver and other small market owners like him helped stall negotiations and drag this whole thing out. As PBT put it, he made his bed and now he has to sleep in it.

Sarver dos have a point though. The Suns miss out on hosting the Celtics, Bulls, Heat, Magic and Knicks, which as you know, are five of the biggest draws in the league with their stars and market size. But because the season was chopped to 66 games, not every team was able to visist every city.

Which means instead of having a guaranteed sellout with the Heat coming to town, Sarver and the Suns will get the Bucks and Bobcats instead. So when he says he's "disappointed for our fans," what he really means is, "Crap, there goes five sellouts."

It also means that his Suns have to play all those beasts on the road. Which isn't fair at all and to a small market owner that was one pushing for competitive balance, he has to be a bit miffed at that pretend idea.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:32 am

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Ebonics in a headline is not an option....Doushe !!!!

Since: May 19, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:31 am

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

I hate to agree with a Lakers fan but well said, sir. I very much dislike Sarver.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:36 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

I find it offensive I have to read the annoying tone of the article.

Hey danny, you find it offensive you had to read the article? Who forced you? That's who you should be upset with, not the writer.

And if you're going to be critical of someone else's writing, better clean up your own. First lesson is that over-the-top hyperbole tends to water down whatever message you're trying to get across and you end up sounding hysterical and not convincing anyone.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:25 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Wow, making a schedule is not rocket science. I write my own 120 game schedule for 10 teams in my fantasy baseball league.

While it is true it is not rocket science, making a schedule for the NBA is a far cry from you making your fantasy baseball schedule. For one, there are three times as many teams in the NBA as in your league. Two, they have to worry about travelling and working that into the schedule, whereas you don't. Three, you don't have to worry about arena availability, which is one of the biggest hurdles the NBA faces when scheduling teams that share an arena with a NHL team, as well as concerts and other events.

So yeah, it's not rocket science, but it's not exactly uncomplicated, either. There are a lot more factors to consider other than just considering what teams play who and how many times.

I personally don't like the schedule either, but that comparison really doesn't work too well.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:16 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

I love irony and I love seeing an arrogant SOB like Sarver fall victim to karma and discover what the ol' saying 'be careful what you wish for' means.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:35 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Hey Sarver, considering you've failed to put forth a good team in several years and make a habit of selling your draft picks who are you to complain?  You are one of the few owners in the league who shouldn't be an owner.  You've proven you can't afford to own the team and put forth the money to make it competitive.  Sell the team to someone who will put the Suns first.

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:15 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule,

Dear Bob, 

If this is truly how you feel then you need to contact all of the small market owners and vote NO to the new collective bargaining agreement on Friday.  I understand your complaint but if you want to make a change then you have to be willing to lose this entire season and develop a new CBA that actually gives small market teams a fair chance of building a competitive team and competing for the championship.  That is what makes fans come to the games. That is truly the only way your arena will sellout on a nightly basis.  Along with lower ticket prices.  This should not be hard since the small market teams (26) outnumber the large market teams (6).  You need to be on the phone contacting support for your plan and not crying to the media.  Here are some suggestions you should add to the CBA.

1.) Soft salary cap of 60 million dollars for all teams.  Give the large market teams the ability to go over the cap. Teams must spent 90% of the salary cap space.

2.) Hard Luxury Tax on a 10 to 1 ratio meaning for every 1 million dollars a team is over the 60 million dollar salary cap, that team owes 10 million dollars to the pot which will be divided equally amongst the small market teams.  Example, if the Lakers are 21 million dollars over the 60 million dollar threshold then they would be writing a check for 210 million dollars if they start the season over the salary cap.   

3.) The BRI should be a 55/45 split in favor of the players.  You realisticially cannot expect players to say no to being overpaid, you should fire your general manager for agreeing to that contract.

4.) Help out the fans and reduce ticket prices to the games, you are about to renew a new tv deal that will provide additional money to generate revenue so bring back the $50 lower level seats and $4 dollar hot dogs and drinks.
This is a good start but worst case scenario, you must be willing to lose an entire season to get these necessary changes to make your team profitable.   I do not think you have another choice.


A concerned fan who understands your pain.     



Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:10 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

That's what happens when you waste 16 games.  Some teams will get screwed.

Since: May 21, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:55 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

All this article proves is that many journalists are too lazy to write anything other than a lame article blaming one owner for an extended labour dispute.  Sarver is looking for attention and Royce delivered but in terms of journalism it was a lame attempt.  And to think, CBS actually pays hime for this drivel.  Now that's a story.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:27 pm

Robert Sarver complains about shortened schedule

Boo Hoo.  Reap what you sow.

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