Here’s an infographic on the Business of Sports. What surprised me most about this information is the low profit margins in the 4 major sports. Most revenue gets eaten up by expenses. Every league but the NFL has less than a 10% profit margin. The NBA is the worst of the bunch. Which means it’s the poorest run business of the 4 major sports. Which doesn’t really surprise me. David Stern has been terrible for the league over the last decade.
Another thing that I think this infographic overlooks is the portion of this $422 billion that gets spent on gambling in sports. I’m willing to bet it’s close to 50%. Look at that one gigantic “red” state in the middle of the USA map.
The last not so surprising thing I see in this infographic is the fact that hockey generates almost as much revenue and profit as basketball despite the fact that basketball is less regional. Hockey is definitely a more regional sport (northerners) but has managed to gain passionate fans wherever it goes, even in the south.
Check out this clip of top 5 NBA prospect Mitch McGary at the Elite 24. They call him White Chocolate because he’s typically the only white guy on the court, but that’s definitely not why he’s famous. He has the power and athleticism to be a Caucasian Shaquille O’Neal. Before you call me crazy, just watch the video.
McGary completely shatters the glass with a monster dunk and if had it his way he would have never left the court. This guy has heart and will be a star in the NBA someday. Bank on it!
Dwyane WAde, LeBron James and the South Beach Superteam have always been wonderful at stealing highlights. Unfortunately, making a fan-friendly exciting play from time to time doesn’t necessarily mean winning a championship. I kind of have a feeling Miami is will have to learn that the hard way.
In game 4 the Miami Heat once again had a nice little lead early in the game, but then they started getting cocky and trying to make “highlight reel” plays. While this ally-oop looks absolutely beautiful, it didn’t help them during the game. The Mavericks ended up winning and the series is now tied 2-2.
If the Heat want to win a championship, they better start playing to win. Not playing to get on ESPN.
Upon first glance this may look like the exact same clip you’ve seen hundreds of times in the past, but I assure you it isn’t! This is actually from Sunday when Ray Allen once again hit a game-winning 3-pointer to lead the Boston Celtics past the Knicks in game 1, 87-85.
A few people actually believe the lack of Shaq’s presence in the middle would end up hurting Boston, but it really didn’t matter. Boston is full of veterans and they know how to win no matter what the circumstances are.
Are you excited for the NBA playoffs officially tip off this weekend? We certainly hope so, because if you’re not already pumped up for the postseason this crappy promo isn’t going to help matters.
The above video is supposed to be the NBA’s way of attracting casual sports fans into their programming, but in reality it does absolutely nothing to intrigue anybody. This is quite possibly the absolute worst promo video I’ve ever seen in my entire life.
Next time, don’t even bother creating trash like this Mr. Stern!
The NBA has decided to ban a new pair of sneakers from the hardwood because they claim to increase vertical leap. No official studies have been done on the shot, but apparently the NBA actually thinks the shoe would give an unfair advantage.
“Under league rules, players may not wear any shoe during a game that creates an undue competitive advantage,” the NBA said in a statement.
It’s absolutely crazy for the NBA to think a shoe would give some players an unfair advantage, but it is what it is. Fans just hope David Stern has his priorities straight is is worried about performance enhancing drugs just as much as the attire of his athletes.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall has publicly said if the NFL has a lockout in 2011, he will pursue a career in the NBA.
“There’s not going to be any football,” Marshall predicted. “If there’s a lockout, I have to find a job. I figure the Nuggets will be a better choice because of the welcome home cheer I’ll get — a couple of boos at first. I’m gonna get with a basketball coach and get to work, prepare for the lockout.”
While this isn’t a bad idea and I’m sure many more NFL stars would attempt to make an NBA team too, Marshall needs to keep his mouth shut and focus on football. The chances of a lockout are still very slim and Marshall still has an awful lot to prove in cleats before he takes up the hardwood.
He needs to practice catching footballs, not shooting hoops!
New Orleans Hornets Star Chris Paul is the latest NBA player to demand a trade. Apparently he is jealous of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, so he wants to be traded to a competitive team immediately. Ideally Paul would like to be traded to the New York Knicks where he could play alongside Amare Stoudemire, and potentially Carmelo Anthony next season.
“Those guys want to beat the three guys in Miami,” a source close to the situation said.
I can’t blame a guy for trying to get traded to a better team, but bottom line: there’s no way the Hornets are giving him away. They may be willing to trade him if he gets disgruntled, but it’s still going to cost the Knicks a very pretty penny.