Interesting stuff from the NBA Commish Adam Silver. He’s always been a forward thinking kind of guy, and has mentioned that he and the National Basketball Association looks at international soccer as an interesting case study on the promotion and set up of leagues and competition, so its no shock to see him speak of looking for “other competitions” and “other tournaments of high significance” in the league.
It will be interesting, over the long haul, how something like this could shake out given that the NBA is the overly dominant league domestically and internationally, so its not like they can have another competition that will be for a particular “championship” or cup. The American system of playoffs determines “regional” champions and conference champions, so they will probably look at earning particular things maybe? Would they integrate younger players or lower levels of the sport and only allow certain age groups to play? I find it fascinating though that they even consider it.
Soccer has influence. Crazy influence….
Also, the NBA staged a game in London yesterday as part of their global marketing campaign. The Milwaukee Bucks blasted the Knicks and there were some famous soccer folks in attendance. Each team visited different football clubs, I’ll post more of that later, and we also saw Gareth Bale with some fancy footwork earlier in a post from Dunny.
He just uploaded more stuff today, he clocked a shot from halfcourt!
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— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) January 16, 2015