2023 to 2024 NBA Season - After The In-Season Tournament

It’s time for a new NBA thread I see.

The NHL Capitals could be impacted as well here, but the proposed move is still in the Washington DC Metro area market.

Whether northern Virginia or much of Maryland, it’s the same media market and same metro area.

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Yet again something else for the NBA to fix and with vast media implications for all sports coverage as well …

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is well on this case too, for there is far more in it for the NBA than via Disney/ABC/ESPN with so much money waiting on the sidelines given the success of the tournament.

Since the trophy is called the NBA Cup, why not just call the tournament that - even if the trophy is renamed in honour of the former Commissioner David Stern?

  • Silver did not go into details on negotiations but sounded encouraged about progress toward new contracts with TV rights partners. League execs are talking exclusively with Disney (ABC, ESPN) and Warner Bros. Discovery (TNT) before broadening possibilities to platforms such as Apple, Amazon Prime and others.

Tweaking the In-Season Tournament for 2024

Silver refrained from making any public suggestions for ways in which the In-Season Tournament could be improved or changed. He even avoided the word “tweak.” The NBA clearly is happy with how it was received in Year 1 by constituents, from players to fans to sponsors. But Silver did touch on a few areas that will be reviewed.

  • He liked the colorful courts, though he felt they looked a little “cookie cutter.” The league might set a few general parameters and enlist the teams to flex more creativity, he said.
  • Using overall point differential during group play as a tiebreaker for Knockout Round qualifying is a common tactic in international basketball and soccer. But it grated for some with the sports culture here, as far as “running up scores.”

“I’m not ready necessarily to move away from it,” the commissioner said, “but if ultimately there’s going to be a sense, particularly from our American fans, that somehow it is an indication of poor sportsmanship, that’s not a good idea for us to be doing it.”

  • Hearing star players talk about the prize money — $500,000 per player for the champions – for themselves but especially for teammates with more modest salaries confirmed for Silver that cash was a good, but not sole, motivator for the tourney. Winning, gaining experience and the location in Vegas also were factors.
  • Scheduling, both for teams that advance in the bracket and for those that have new regular-season games dropped in their laps, will be studied anew. That affects the teams on the floor and off (travel, ticket sales), with season ticketholders scrambling as well.

Capital One Arena is central to downtown Washington business/financial district and sits above a Metro line, providing easy accress/egress … but a multi-use real estate development that includes an arena can be financially VERY tempting … but it likely will need Metro access … one of the biggest reasons the Caps and Bullets/Wizards moved out of Landover in 1997 was that it was out in the sticks and really only accessible by car

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Much appreciated context, and a trip down memory lane for me here!

I remember when Capital One Arena, after other names as well, was the MCI Center when it was opened in December 1997.

To your point the location indeed did become excellent in DC, which was already greatly recovering from the high crime era of the 1990s and then years later a recession after 9/11.

No doubt access by Metro would be essential in that area.

Michael Jordan was in town on his second retirement when the scene really boomed, and then he played for a few seasons before going back into management, yet he was unceremoniously dismissed less than a month after his last game in April 2003.

I was amazed that the scene continued to improve afterwards ever since, though I left the area in 2005.

And the Wizards indeed will be moving as it appears. Thank you @Mightygoose for the scoop.

Time will tell

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And it appears that the District of Columbia, aka Washington DC, or “The District” to locals, is waiving the white flag as the Capitals and the Wizards are headed across the Potomac River to northern Virginia in the area.

Less than four weeks after Leonsis announced plans to build a $2 billion arena and mixed-use development in Alexandria, Va., for the Washington Wizards and Capitals, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has formed the Gallery Place/Chinatown Task Force to create a new vision for the area surrounding Capital One Arena. The task force will consider a variety of potential moves for the neighborhood, including potentially tearing down the 26-year-old venue to open the land for other uses.

“We have to have a vibrant space here,” Bowser said. “We can’t have it underused, and there will be people who it would serve their purposes [sic] if we had an underutilized arena in downtown D.C. That will not serve the purposes for the D.C. taxpayer. So I want to be clear about that: We will not allow an underused arena.”

And there’s more here, as DC might have TWO underused arenas after these plans materialize by the owner of three local pro sports teams:

The prospect of moving the WNBA team from D.C.’s poorest ward to downtown has already angered local officials, even as the Mystics regularly sell out at the smaller venue and have arguably outgrown it as the league soars in popularity. D.C. officials, meanwhile, are thinking about other—and potentially very different—options for the Capital One Arena neighborhood.

“If the teams do move—and we have to anticipate that they will—we have an opportunity to reposition almost two city blocks, five acres, right in downtown D.C. for a new use,” said Nina Albert, D.C.’s acting deputy mayor for planning and economic development.

This looks like the roapmap to a bigger investment and solution for the 15 or so affected NBA markets, which comes via a hefty legal settlement by DSG plus an minority investment by Amazon.

Key development here to stall the project via a political fight in Virginia