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Stern Plays Down Troubles Despite More Teams Losing Money
Published October 24, 2008
|Stern Touts Attendance Figures, Sponsorship
Renewals As Reasons For League Optimism
RETURN TRIP: Stern said that while "logistics would make an All-Star game in Europe difficult ... fans there might not have to settle for exhibitions much longer." Stern: "To the extent that we're asked the question, what about a regular-season game, we decided, 'OK, with the lead-up to the Olympics, we'll pop a regular-season game or two or more, I don't know exactly how many, over there by the 2012 Olympics." Stern said that playing in Europe "is good for the league," and added that "even with the current financial crisis....the NBA sold out four preseason games in Europe and two in China earlier this month." He does not expect the economic crisis "to have any real affect on the league's overseas plans." Stern: "We don't think that that's going to impact us in any harsh or painful way other than perhaps our rate of growth. But growth it will be" (AP, 10/23).
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NOTES: T'Wolves Owner Glen Taylor was unanimously picked to be NBA BOG Chair Thursday, replacing Heat Owner Micky Arison (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 10/24)....NBA Commissioner David Stern will be at the Ford Center for Wednesday night's Bucks-Thunder game, the Thunder's first home regular-season game in Oklahoma City (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 10/24).