Michael Jackson wrote: TheSuzerain wrote:
Red Larrivee wrote:I don't disagree with the logic, though it's obviously not something fans want to hear. Also, I think the quote comes off as condescending, because it makes fans sound like suckers.
Making money is the top goal of every franchise. Winning a championship is the optimal goal, because it's the best way to improve a franchise's value and make money. Unfortunately, only one team wins a title each year, so building a team that has a high floor of winning games, making the playoffs, and "being in it" is a wise thing to do.
Making money is not the top goal of every franchise.
Outside of Balmer who do you have on that list?
The correct answer is none, because every NBA owner bought into the franchise with the goal to make more money and increase the value of it.
Michael Jackson wrote:Cuban surely doesn’t portray himself as a bafoon like Reinsdorf does but that man is all about making money he is just way way way better at selling himself and I wish he owned the Bulls even with profits in mind. I don’t know that Gilbert and Dolan know what they are doing and there really is no good argument for what they do with their teams regardless. In fact I would assume yourself included that no one would chose Gilbert or Dolan as the owner you want of your team. Plus Dolan is known for milking as much money out of all his products as he can, ie concessions etc...
The notion that Mark Cuban doesn't use the Mavericks as a source of cashflow is bogus. He frequently sells people on using their businesses with the Dallas Mavericks on Shark Tank. Also, the idea of paying luxury tax with the hope of winning a champioship isn't some exclusive idea that certain owners execute. Jerry Reinsdorf paid the luxury tax for the Derrick Rose teams because he thought the Bulls had a relevant chance of winning a championship. Hence, they would easily make that money back and then some. Reinsdorf is not going to pay the luxury tax for playoff teams that have no chance of winning a title. You're practically giving away money in that scenario.
Either way, Reinsdorf is correct. The best way to make profit is to keep your team relevant each year, make the playoffs, and sell the reality that they have a chance to continue improving every season. It just isn't something that you want fans to hear, because it's condescending and makes fans who invest so much time, energy, and emotion into the team look like mere pawns.