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Scheduling, Proper Facilities Among NBA's Many Obstacles For European Expansion
Published January 20, 2014
THEY JUST DON'T GET IT: The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Owen Slot wrote by the time Stern retires on Feb. 1, he will have "had pretty much the entire continent of Europe kneeling at the altar of the NBA." Spain, Greece, Italy -- everyone with a "busted economy, they are all head-over-heels for the NBA." The U.K. has been the only "significant pocket of resistance." Pro basketball "just never caught on" there, "despite the efforts of Stern and his NBA marketing army." The U.K. is the "last unconquerable territory, too obsessed with kicking the ball rather than bouncing it" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 1/18).
LEAVING A LEGACY: Stern's retirement is the focus of a 30-page special section in this week's SportsBusiness Journal. NBA writer John Lombardo and Executive Editor Abraham Madkour discuss Stern's impact on the NBA and what his future might hold, in conjunction with SBJ's tribute to Stern's 30 years as commissioner of the league.