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2017-12-13 06:40:42 PM  
It's not out of the realm of possibility.
 
2017-12-13 07:29:45 PM  
Show me a single NFL player that has to catch a footfall and attempt to score a touchdown, while dragging Walton and Lanier up and down the field for 60 minutes.

Checkerbingounomate.
 
2017-12-13 07:39:18 PM  
It's already happening in Indiana.
 
2017-12-13 07:47:13 PM  
NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.
 
2017-12-13 07:51:19 PM  
His name is Roger Murdock, and he's the co-pilot.
 
2017-12-13 07:52:14 PM  
The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.
 
2017-12-13 07:53:25 PM  

John Buck 41: The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.


And yes, I know this will NEVER happen.
 
2017-12-13 08:28:52 PM  

GardenWeasel: It's already happening in Indiana.


Indiana?

What is it?
 
2017-12-13 10:24:57 PM  
Something will replace the NFL.

You know, I'm realizing the decline of Peyton Manning really spelled the decline of the NFL. There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore. There was something spectacular about the sport not too long ago.

Not sure it's the NBA, or what. I think they need to fix how bad the NCAA is right now at creating talent. Yet the shooting in the league is as great as it's ever been.
 
2017-12-13 10:48:37 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore


Just how many QB's can throw it that far? Much less a 40 y/o.
 
2017-12-13 11:06:36 PM  

John Buck 41: The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.


I'd be FAR more willing to upgrade my half season of Kings tickets to a full season if it only meant 25 or 30 games instead of 40.  And not just because the team is a shiatshow.
 
2017-12-13 11:07:35 PM  

jaylectricity: NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.


Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.
 
2017-12-13 11:08:11 PM  

iron de havilland: GardenWeasel: It's already happening in Indiana.

Indiana?

What is it?


It's a state, in the midwest, wedged in between Ohio and Missouri. You've seen pictures.
 
2017-12-13 11:08:47 PM  

iron de havilland: GardenWeasel: It's already happening in Indiana.

Indiana?

What is it?


It's the 19th state, but that's not important right now.
 
2017-12-13 11:09:40 PM  
Maybe if they forced  every team to have  a QB like position for a designated white players to not just play but be considered the leader of a team so that  hillrods and hayseeds would have someone to cheer for and be reminded that we are still in charge.

When that happens the NFL might be in trouble.
 
2017-12-13 11:13:06 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Something will replace the NFL.

You know, I'm realizing the decline of Peyton Manning really spelled the decline of the NFL. There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore. There was something spectacular about the sport not too long ago.

Not sure it's the NBA, or what. I think they need to fix how bad the NCAA is right now at creating talent. Yet the shooting in the league is as great as it's ever been.


Peyton Manning had a likeable personality, unlike other QB's like Tom Brady and Ben Recklessberger. Aaron Rodgers might be the most likeable QB in the NFL right now.

As for the NBA, I don't understand why it's getting more popular. The product stinks. Superteams vs. the rest of the league. Unlikeable stars. Just as much bad-boy behavior as the NFL. Pandering down to the "mumble rap" crowd. The NFL is not without its faults, but I don't see the NBA as the sports league eclipsing it.
 
2017-12-13 11:13:56 PM  
His name is Roger Murdoch, and he's not smoking anything (although he did have the fish)
 
2017-12-13 11:21:27 PM  

DesertCoyote: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Something will replace the NFL.

You know, I'm realizing the decline of Peyton Manning really spelled the decline of the NFL. There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore. There was something spectacular about the sport not too long ago.

Not sure it's the NBA, or what. I think they need to fix how bad the NCAA is right now at creating talent. Yet the shooting in the league is as great as it's ever been.

Peyton Manning had a likeable personality, unlike other QB's like Tom Brady and Ben Recklessberger. Aaron Rodgers might be the most likeable QB in the NFL right now.

As for the NBA, I don't understand why it's getting more popular. The product stinks. Superteams vs. the rest of the league. Unlikeable stars. Just as much bad-boy behavior as the NFL. Pandering down to the "mumble rap" crowd. The NFL is not without its faults, but I don't see the NBA as the sports league eclipsing it.


There are enough "superteams" to keep it interesting (Dubs, Rockets, Spurs, Cavs, Celtics), an interesting middle class of budding superteams (TWolves, Knicks, Sixers, Bucks) and some teams that have an outside chance of contention (Raptors, Pacers, Pistons, Pelicans, Thunder).  Also the space and pace, high scoring, high-flow style that predominates among the better teams is super duper fun to watch.
 
2017-12-13 11:22:36 PM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: jaylectricity: NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.

Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.


An average NFL game lasts just over 3 hours, and the ball is only in play for ~10-15 minutes.
An average NBA game lasts just over 2 hours and the ball is in play for 48 minutes.

/Rugby Sevens waves from way over in the corner with 14 minutes of play in ~20 minutes
 
2017-12-13 11:24:56 PM  
I can't handle all that incessant squeaking
 
2017-12-13 11:26:42 PM  

DesertCoyote: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Something will replace the NFL.

You know, I'm realizing the decline of Peyton Manning really spelled the decline of the NFL. There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore. There was something spectacular about the sport not too long ago.

Not sure it's the NBA, or what. I think they need to fix how bad the NCAA is right now at creating talent. Yet the shooting in the league is as great as it's ever been.

Peyton Manning had a likeable personality, unlike other QB's like Tom Brady and Ben Recklessberger. Aaron Rodgers might be the most likeable QB in the NFL right now.

As for the NBA, I don't understand why it's getting more popular. The product stinks. Superteams vs. the rest of the league. Unlikeable stars. Just as much bad-boy behavior as the NFL. Pandering down to the "mumble rap" crowd. The NFL is not without its faults, but I don't see the NBA as the sports league eclipsing it.


My point is the NFL was an aerial league with electric plays not long ago. Now it seems bogged down with slant plays and lots and lots of peculiar pass interference calls and other iffy calls that don't make any sense. There's nothing much spectacular about it right now.

I get that Fark doesn't pull NBA fans, but your critique of the league is rather stupid, to be honest. I think the league is a bit watered down right now and don't like the super teams, but we're in an era that we've never seen before -- we've never seen shooting like this before, from basically everybody. It's changing the game.

NFL I see as a dead man walking. I don't know what comes next.
 
2017-12-13 11:34:15 PM  
I have never watched a regular season NBA game on TV.
 
2017-12-13 11:35:28 PM  
I watched the NBA from 1976 to 1990. When the Pistons were glorified for being thugs, that was it, haven't watched a game since.
 
2017-12-13 11:41:43 PM  
Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I get that Fark doesn't pull NBA fans, but your critique of the league is rather stupid, to be honest. I think the league is a bit watered down right now and don't like the super teams, but we're in an era that we've never seen before -- we've never seen shooting like this before, from basically everybody. It's changing the game.

NFL I see as a dead man walking. I don't know what comes next.


Maybe some may think that my take on the NBA is whack because I don't follow it. I get it. I tune out sports radio when they talk about the sport. Maybe we'll see NBA popularity reach the NFL as the latter declines, but I don't see any pro sportsball league as becoming super dominant in the post-NFL-as-a-juggernaut era.
 
2017-12-13 11:48:15 PM  

RogermcAllen: Adolf Oliver Nipples: jaylectricity: NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.

Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.

An average NFL game lasts just over 3 hours, and the ball is only in play for ~10-15 minutes.
An average NBA game lasts just over 2 hours and the ball is in play for 48 minutes.

/Rugby Sevens waves from way over in the corner with 14 minutes of play in ~20 minutes


Cricket sits on the sidelines with 20 minutes of play in five days, counting its crores of rupees from the Indian Premier League.

/And somehow I actually still like it--it's the sport made for listening to on the radio while you work
//Second-most popular sport in the world!
 
2017-12-13 11:57:40 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I get that Fark doesn't pull NBA fans, but your critique of the league is rather stupid, to be honest. I think the league is a bit watered down right now and don't like the super teams, but we're in an era that we've never seen before -- we've never seen shooting like this before, from basically everybody. It's changing the game.


Yeah that guy's just saying a bunch of dumb vague shiat like he's giving a stump speech. Would love to hear who the "bad boys" are specifically because I can only come up with Draymond and Cousins and their bad "behavior" is pretty much just yelling at people on the court. The top stars are basically choirboys. Meanwhile he's in love with the personality of good guy Peyton "balls on her face" Manning.

As far as criticizing the product goes if you haven't watched Antetokounmpo, Embiid, Jokic, Porzingis, etc. then you have no farking clue. The NBA is going positionless and these 7 footers are out there making trick passes and hitting 30 foot jumpers and it's farking awesome.
 
2017-12-14 12:04:38 AM  
To watch the NFL requires sporadic attention.
To watch the NBA requires constant attention.

/NFL wins
 
2017-12-14 12:07:12 AM  
5 years ago I watched football every sunday and never paid attention  to the NBA.  This year I haven't watched a single football game from start to finish, but I'll happily flip on any NBA game.
 
2017-12-14 12:09:16 AM  

Sgygus: To watch the NFL requires sporadic attention.
To watch the NBA requires constant attention.

/NFL wins


To me the NFL is very similar to soccer, which a lot of NFL fans hate. There's a ton of nothing and then periodic possibilities of scoring. Granted, in football there is more scoring, and there is a risk of a score nearly every play, but a game can be over in the first half in both football and soccer.

Basketball requires a lot of maintenance of leads. Non-fans say 'you only have to watch the last 90 seconds,' but they fail to see everything that's gone on before then. Even the best teams have to maintain distance or they stand to lose games, which for a fan requires some understanding of how teams are doing this. It's just a different kind of sport.
 
2017-12-14 12:09:51 AM  
If you don't like basketball that's fine, you can like what you want. But it's hilarious when people's reasons for not liking it is shiat that hasn't been accurate since like, Jordan's first retirement.

I'll help you out: you can still say "the college game is better" (haha), but just go with "the regular season doesn't matter" and "only a couple teams are any good"
 
2017-12-14 12:23:50 AM  
Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste:
My point is the NFL was an aerial league with electric plays not long ago. Now it seems bogged down with slant plays and lots and lots of peculiar pass interference calls and other iffy calls that don't make any sense. There's nothing much spectacular about it right now.

I get that Fark doesn't pull NBA fans, but your critique of the league is rather stupid, to be honest. I think the league is a bit watered down right now and don't like the super teams, but we're in an era that we've never seen before -- we've never seen shooting like this before, from basically everybody. It's changing the game.

NFL I see as a dead man walking. I don't know what comes next.


I'm with you on this. The NFL has turned into West Coast pick routes, which are illegal, but everyone keeps doing it. It does have going for it the salary cap system which helps keep teams from losing on the cheap (ahem, Mike Brown). Those two areas are where the NBA needs to step up though to really take some market share. The obscene travelling is just too much, and stars being favored needs to be cut down at least a couple of notches. And the luxury tax system is just stupid. The NBA needs the NFL's system of an average over a few years.
 
2017-12-14 12:32:52 AM  

Jingle Strangle: I can't handle all that incessant squeaking


I mute Sunday Night Football so I can't hear Collinsworth.
 
2017-12-14 12:33:46 AM  

wiseolddude: I watched the NBA from 1976 to 1990. When the Pistons were glorified for being thugs, that was it, haven't watched a game since.


The league has changed.
 
2017-12-14 12:36:32 AM  

you are a puppet: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: I get that Fark doesn't pull NBA fans, but your critique of the league is rather stupid, to be honest. I think the league is a bit watered down right now and don't like the super teams, but we're in an era that we've never seen before -- we've never seen shooting like this before, from basically everybody. It's changing the game.

Yeah that guy's just saying a bunch of dumb vague shiat like he's giving a stump speech. Would love to hear who the "bad boys" are specifically because I can only come up with Draymond and Cousins and their bad "behavior" is pretty much just yelling at people on the court. The top stars are basically choirboys. Meanwhile he's in love with the personality of good guy Peyton "balls on her face" Manning.

As far as criticizing the product goes if you haven't watched Antetokounmpo, Embiid, Jokic, Porzingis, etc. then you have no farking clue. The NBA is going positionless and these 7 footers are out there making trick passes and hitting 30 foot jumpers and it's farking awesome.


My team's starting center is leading the league in blocks but, hit 2/3 3pt FGAs tonight.  That is the new normal.  I love it.
 
2017-12-14 12:48:42 AM  
How are we going to sell  pick up trucks and boner pills?

I said boner pills twice.
 
2017-12-14 12:48:56 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Something will replace the NFL.

You know, I'm realizing the decline of Peyton Manning really spelled the decline of the NFL. There was a time when any play could be a completely crazy, like, 64-yard touchdown throw, or more. Brady can't even do those anymore. There was something spectacular about the sport not too long ago.

Not sure it's the NBA, or what. I think they need to fix how bad the NCAA is right now at creating talent. Yet the shooting in the league is as great as it's ever been.


They need to do away with the NCAA and go to an academy system like they have in Europe.
 
2017-12-14 01:09:56 AM  

GardenWeasel: It's already happening in Indiana.


Probably because sport in Indiana pretty much suck in general these days, from HS to the pros. Unless you live here and are a "loyalist" that is.
 
2017-12-14 01:49:31 AM  

you are a puppet: The top stars are basically choirboys.


Some of the top stars in the NBA were literally choir boys.
 
2017-12-14 02:46:14 AM  

Neeek: you are a puppet: The top stars are basically choirboys.

Some of the top stars in the NBA were literally choir boys.


Top 10 NBA stars are (disagreement appreciated, probably pointless): Steph, Durant, Lebron, Harden, Kawhi, Westbrook, Lebron, Irving, Porzingis, Greek Freak?  There's hardly a scandal among them.
 
rka
2017-12-14 04:34:23 AM  

OptionC: John Buck 41: The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.

I'd be FAR more willing to upgrade my half season of Kings tickets to a full season if it only meant 25 or 30 games instead of 40.  And not just because the team is a shiatshow.


So you have a half season now. Meaning 41 home games.

And you'd be willing to "upgrade" to a full season if it was 25 games. So 16 less games.

That makes zero sense. Literally zero sense. Why would any business want you to do that? Why would the players union want that?

Why the Fark would an actual basketball fan want that?
 
rka
2017-12-14 04:39:51 AM  

rka: OptionC: John Buck 41: The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.

I'd be FAR more willing to upgrade my half season of Kings tickets to a full season if it only meant 25 or 30 games instead of 40.  And not just because the team is a shiatshow.

So you have a half season now. Meaning 41 home games.

And you'd be willing to "upgrade" to a full season if it was 25 games. So 16 less games.

That makes zero sense. Literally zero sense. Why would any business want you to do that? Why would the players union want that?

Why the Fark would an actual basketball fan want that?


And the fact that I just off of an 10 hour long haul flight rears it's head. A half season ticket package would be 20 games or so.

Still. The larger point stands. There is no business incentive for any league to play less games.
 
2017-12-14 05:55:49 AM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Basketball requires a lot of maintenance of leads. Non-fans say 'you only have to watch the last 90 seconds,' but they fail to see everything that's gone on before then. Even the best teams have to maintain distance or they stand to lose games, which for a fan requires some understanding of how teams are doing this. It's just a different kind of sport.


I'll admit basketball bores me now, and I'm older, and I'm from Chicago and lived there during the heyday and all that blah,  blah,  blah no one cares about.

BUT.  You are 100% correct.  No lead is safe, and to think the game boils down the the last two minutes means that person is only paying attention to the last two minutes.  I saw great teams (my great team was, as mentioned, the Bulls in the 1990's) not able to hold on to a 20, 30 point lead and have the game turn from a blow-out to quite interesting very often.  Now, of course there were stinker games which were blowouts from the get-go, but that's life.

But no, the entire game is exciting when it is a good enough game- and that is more often than not.

The only two MAJOR issues- the playoffs are just far too big.  There is almost zero reason for the regular season other than seeding and injuries.  I know it is never going to happen, but screw the first round.  The 4 vs. 5 may be missed, but not much else.

The second issue is that most years, you basically know the 3-4 teams that have a chance of making the finals.  That is not good.  It doesn't need to be like the MLB where every team could make a run for it... but come on... spread things out a little so we at least have 8-10 teams that could honestly make the finals.  (Yes, I know on paper every team technically is allowed to compete for the finals... but let's face it... we knew last year maybe 3-4 if not only 2 teams that were going to be in the finals.)

This year it's a little better, I think we have maybe 5 (?) teams that could make it... but beating Golden State out of the west would either be a fluke or because of injury.

I've gone on too long... all in all, it is not a fun thing to watch all year.  I'll watch the playoffs and pretty much get in on all the real action.

But I do agree with you fully- saying "basketball is about the last two minutes only" is ignorant.
 
2017-12-14 07:46:32 AM  
Basketball and soccer have good fundamental TV ratings when it comes to younger people. NBA2K and FIFA are also the top selling sports video games and for whatever it means the NBA stars are killing it on twitter and instagram and vine or whatever shiat.

It bodes well for the future of the NBA as the NFL is beginning to crumble and age.
 
2017-12-14 08:04:34 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: jaylectricity: NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.

Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.


That was a lot of words to say "I'm a Pittsburgh fan and our football team wins a lot and we have no basketball team."
 
2017-12-14 08:10:53 AM  

IAmRight: Adolf Oliver Nipples: jaylectricity: NFL ratings are sagging.
NBA ratings are surging.
NFL requires you know a million rules that may or may not be interpreted correctly.
NBA requires you know about five basic rules.
NFL has a ton of standing around time and a million commercials.
NBA is 10 minutes of action, a couple minutes of commercials, repeat.

I like both leagues, but it is not far-fetched that the NBA takes over for the NFL which took over for MLB.

Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.

That was a lot of words to say "I'm a Pittsburgh fan and our football team wins a lot and we have no basketball team."


And your comment reduces to HURR so we'll call it even.
 
2017-12-14 08:18:29 AM  
When they start calling traveling, let me know. Until then, nope.
 
2017-12-14 08:27:39 AM  

Adolf Oliver Nipples: Basketball takes 90 minutes to play 46 minutes, and another 90 to play the last 2.

Combine that with few of the "teams" are anything more than one or two stars looking out for themselves, half the game being almost totally ignored (defense), refs that favor one team over another and in fact have conspired to change the outcome, the near total unwillingness to call even the most basic violations (traveling being the most egregious non-call), and a long 82-game season in which the stars periodically take games off, and there's no contest. Football is a a weekly event for people. Basketball is an 8-month slog where missing a few games doesn't bother anybody.

That was a lot of words to say "I'm a Pittsburgh fan and our football team wins a lot and we have no basketball team."

And your comment reduces to HURR so we'll call it even.


Okay, then I'll just point out your ignorance or hypocrisy point by point:

1) You seem to be confusing NBA basketball with college ball. The NBA doesn't have nearly as many timeouts and FT shooters are much better, so the ends of games take nowhere near that long.
2) Your defense complaint is noted and still wrong. That said, you're a fan of a sport where different people come in to play defense, so that's a pretty dumb complaint.
3) A Steelers fan complaining that there's too much ref favoritism in other sports is hilarious.
4) NFL refs don't even know what a catch is, there are penalties that could be called on every play, and you're going to say the NBA has a problem with getting away with violations (most of which aren't actually violations; you just think they are because you don't know the rules).
5) You're going to complain about games of when you're an NFL fan? Now, granted, the NFL players are taking games off because they're taking major injuries every game, but the entire NFL season is "Which team takes the fewest key injuries?"

You also seem to think that a lot of games is a big, not a feature. It's okay to miss some games; people have lives. Doesn't make it less fun to get back into it.

The players are more likeable, the league is more likeable, and the sport is immediately more popular worldwide. American football has never mattered beyond the U.S., basketball is worldwide...and we didn't even have to create an empire to force locals into it like England did to make people think soccer and cricket are compelling.
 
2017-12-14 09:35:08 AM  
Cut the number of regular season games in half and I'd be more interested in the NBA.
 
2017-12-14 10:12:27 AM  
I'd say he's probably right.  Football is on the decline because people are realizing they don't want to watch people kill themselves.  But fat white Americans will still need a way to watch athletic blacks perform for their amusement so the NBA is perfect.
 
2017-12-14 10:43:56 AM  

John Buck 41: The smartest thing the NBA could do is go to a 50 game regular season. Start it in mid-November, end it in late March/early April, and cut down the # of playoff teams. The idea that a 7th game of an NBA final is in mid-June is ludicrous.


THIS.
 
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