Less than a year after Seattle failed in its bid to bring the Sacramento Kings’ franchise to the Pacific Northwest, new NBA commissioner Adam Silver indicated this week that the league has no immediate plans to expand there.
“Seattle is a wonderful market. It would be very additive to the league to have a team there,” Silver told ESPN. “But we’re not planning on expanding right now, so it’s not a function of price.”
Diluting the NBA talent pool appears to be one of the concerns for Silver regarding expansion from the current 30 teams.
“I, and the owners, will look at not only dilution of economic opportunities with one more partner to divide national and international money but also dilution of talent,” Silver said. “Right now, are already making comments about the (Eastern Conference), so is the ideal time to be adding another 15 or 30 players to the league?
“Ultimately, I’m responsible for the financial and competitive health of a 30-team league and while we made tremendous strides in the last collective bargaining agreement, we’re still not there yet. We don’t have 30 profitable teams in the NBA and while we’ve made progress, there are still teams that aren’t competitive enough.” The Sports Xchange
This is definitely the right mindset by Silver. The Eastern Conference is horrid in comparison to its’ companion. I can’t see any upside on the court to expanding beyond 30 teams. Growing the revenue pie is something all businesses desire, but it’s not clear that expansion in the best way to do so.
In other news, Seattle basketball fans hate David Stern. More at 11. – AL