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Heat's NBA Championship Ups The Ante For Other South Florida Pro Teams
Published July 6, 2012
FUN WITH NUMBERS: Heat Owner Micky Arison earlier this week said that despite the team’s on-court success this season, the franchise will still lose money this season, but Dallas Morning News columnist Tim Cowlishaw said, “I have a hard time believing with them having as good a deal as they have in terms of rent in that arena and 13 home playoff games how they ended up losing money." Cowlishaw: "That sounds like trickery to me.” L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke said, “Anytime a sports owner of a championship team complains about losing money, he’s just negotiating. He’s negotiating to get a better TV deal, he’s probably trying to set up the fans to raise ticket prices. To me, it’s all negotiation. You can’t be losing money with the Miami Heat.” SB Nation’s Bomani Jones said, “Are they losing money or are they ‘losing money?’” However, ESPN’s J.A. Adande said, “You’d be surprised at the tiny number of NBA teams that actually make money, even when they have surprisingly successful playoff runs and fill up their coffers during the postseason. It’s hard for teams to make money in this league. That’s why they had that long lockout” (“Around The Horn,” ESPN, 7/3).