My post yesterday proved to be quite popular yesterday thanks in large part to a mention on truehoop, arguably the number 1 source for daily NBA information on the web. So thanks to Henry Abbott for that (and whoever tipped him off). I want to do a quick follow up today to clarify and expand some points (also because I am preparing for a job interview so my mind is already going 100kph). As I see it my idea of a semi pro/amateur regional basketball (or other sport) league rests on a few key conclusions. They are:
1. That people naturally enjoy live sporting events because of the excitement and passion that is created.
2. That people generally love the city they live in more than other nearby ones, if only because they are inherently competitive
3. That local talent is more sympathetic than talent from elsewhere.
4. That although the level of play would be below that of any professional league, the low price point would overcome the talent deficiency.
5. That talent could come from those high school players who couldn’t go to college or university, and players who had used up their eligibility or were done school.
6. That civic leaders would openly support the idea of community building.
7. That national sport organizations would like the potential for grass roots development through academies, tournaments and coaching opportunities.
8. That families could find affordable entertainment that their children can relate to.
9. That by limiting player expenses, travel costs, and partnering with local government running a franchise is feasible with minimal sponsorship.
10. That by utilizing alternative media and the internet the league can be highly accesible to its fanbase.
11. That the owners are committed to growing the game and the community.
I don’t think these are unreasonable propositions. This discussion is going to continue on a new blog I’m launching called The Unassisted Play. It will be a place for me to share lots of sports related thoughts and hopefully generate some discussion. It will also allow me to focus The Alder Fork on the main topics it has always been about while scratching my sports itch. The Alder Fork will go on as usual.