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NBA TO HOLD SILENT EXPANSION DRAFT
Published February 16, 1995
The NBA expansion draft, scheduled to be held on June 24 or 26, should get the same live TV treatment as yesterday's NFL expansion draft, according to Neil Campbell of the Toronto GLOBE & MAIL. As planned now, the Grizzlies and Raptors will make their choices over the phone to the league office in New York. Writes Campbell, "That's too bad. In fact, it's downright silly. The NBA is supposed to be a step or two ahead of the other leagues in terms of marketing and public relations. Fans in Vancouver and Toronto, who have shelled out millions for season tickets, deserve to see their new players picked one by one. They deserve to know who are these guys, what can they do and why were they made available. They deserve to have issues explained to them such as why the expansion teams will play with a smaller salary cap. Only live television can act as this type of conduit" (Toronto GLOBE & MAIL, 2/16). USA TODAY's Rudy Martzke writes that ESPN made yesterday's NFL draft "an interesting telecast, with graphics and remote reports from a taxi squad of reporters" (USA TODAY, 2/16).