coldfish wrote:League Circles wrote:Leslie Forman wrote:You are right, but oddly, I don't think League Circles's obtuse view of things is totally irrelevant, because…
…I think that's how the Bulls ownership actually thinks. They have never, ever shown that they really give a damn what's happening with the rest of the NBA/MLB.
In publicly traded company terms, Jerry is basically '80s-'90s General Motors. The man does not give a flying F about those stupid little Hondas or Toyotas.
You just wanna hope they don't turn into Sears.
I guess Burger King on congress should be more concerned with what burger King on division is doing rather than what panera, blue apron, and marianos are doing.
The Bulls have been leaders in many aspects of change in the nba.
You guys are wildy confused if you think the nba teams are primarily in competition with each other. They're business partners! They share resources, revenue, marketing etc.
You can't even believe what you are typing. Do you seriously believe that if the Lakers get a big new local TV deal, every other team isn't noticing it and trying to match or exceed that deal?
Sure they're noticing it. Sure they're trying to get as much as they can. I'm just saying, as a matter of fact, the Bulls are MUCH MORESO in competition with entertainment options (sports and non sports) outside the NBA than they are with their other 29 partners, with whom they've negotiated all sorts of co-dependencies and mutual benefits (revenue sharing).
They benchmark each other on everything from seat prices to employee pay to TV deals. If one team is lagging behind everyone else in terms of growth, its an indication that they aren't being managed properly.
Or that they're in a more saturated market, or that they're hiding money by intentionally having a less favorable TV deal because they have a stake in the other side of that deal (a point I've brought up several times that remains unaddressed because it counters your thesis).
Focusing on growth rates while glossing over income is how bubbles inflate and people like Warren Buffett keep cleaning up through thick and thin.
Is the best typewriter company (if one still exists) a well managed company that represents a good investment just because it's best in it's too-narrowly defined market? Or should the market include computers and word processing software?
NBA teams are, at glance, generally all bad investments at their current, fake as hell Forbes valuations, yet probably generally all pretty good investments in their correctly defined market space (entertainment dollars).
I mean, the Bulls made more income last year than the Warriors on a drastically lower investment (and valuation not that that means anything).
People can say the Bulls are poorly managed from a fan perspective, and that may or may not be true. There's just no intellectually honest way to construe them as poorly managed as a business. People can't have it both ways, though I get that it brings people comfort to criticize virtually every aspect of something they love to follow.
The way you're trying to paint some of these metrics, again, is like saying the REAL winner in the NBA is the team that plays with the highest pace, or the team that hits the most threes, instead of the team that wins the most games.
For example, if the Bulls negotiate themselves to be in an environment where concurrent with their profits rising, their 29 partners also rise even moreso to get closer to the Bulls in revenue (or even profits, which is much more telling than revenue - a company can be atrocious and on the verge of collapse with enormous revenues), that is a unequivocal WIN for the Bulls.