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Caught in the Web: Lakers' off-day filled with more reflections on the team's current play

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--With the Lakers having the day off Sunday, The Times' Mike Bresnahan provides a detailed list the Lakers will likely address in Monday's practice. Could be a long one.

--The Oklahoman's Mike Baldwin wonders whether Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant are on the same page.

--With the Lakers' first-round series tied 2-2 with Oklahoma City, The Times' Broderick Turner highlights Bryant's acknowledgement that the Thunder has the team's attention.

--The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers are toast unless Bryant comes back to full form.

--LakerNoise's Roland Lazenby critiques the Lakers' fan base.

--The Oklahoman's Darnell Mayberry lists 10 reasons why the Thunder is in charge of the series.

--The Riverside Press Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues the Lakers still have a chance to leave an imprint on the series.

--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford explains how the Lakers plan to get their mojo back.

--NBA Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson reports that Lakers guard Shannon Brown won't decide on his future until the season is over.

--ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin predicts the Lakers won't offer him much this offseason and doesn't believe Brown will have anything beyond a backup role.

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell has a medical update on reserve center D.J. Mbenga.

--The Oklahoman's Barry Tramel notices a changed Ron Artest, and he wonders if it's for the better.

--The Orange County Register's Randy Youngman wonders whether players have tuned out Jackson

--Silver Screen and Roll's Saurav. A Das believes the Lakers need to remain calm during their current struggles.

Tweet of the Day:"Doesn't matter, Brown/Farmar can't stop Westbrook either. And Fish makes shots" -- ChrisMannixSI (Sports Illustrated NBA writer Chris Mannix in response from @SportsfanPJ saying "Derek Fisher hinted at benching himself?"

Reader Comment of the Day: "Last year we needed a seven game series against Houston to "wake up" hopefully this year a six game series against the Thunder will be enough for us to "wake up." -- Jon K.

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Lakers power forward Pau Gasol looks to the bench after commiting a foul in the first half Saturday night at Oklahoma City. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

 
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I just read Roland Lazenby's article and I was extremely flattered that I (and many members of Laker Nation) were mentioned.

However, I'd like to clarify that I DO NOT drink Budweiser for breakfast and I, in fact, bathe daily with a near-religious devotion.

That much said, his key point is valid.

I still seethe with anger thinking back to the 2008 Playoffs (yes, we all remember those days and I'm sure Red's Love Child does too). I sat at my lucky barstool watching the Finals as we played at Staples Center and a LeBroniac next to me blurted out, "Wow. It's like dinner theatre over there," because the crowd sat their silently on their hands in the dark.

It was disgusting. Pathetic, actually. I was ashamed of those people who paid such good money for tickets who stopped being fans and participants are just passively moaned as spectators.

Awful.

Last year was much better and there were actually times when I was proud of our hipster cousins at the game. They made their presence known.

But it's not enough. Staples Center needs to rock because the crowd matters. They are the sixth man on the team. I hope our ticketholders actually realize that.

There are a lot of weak-kneed refs out there who are subconsciously swayed by the energy of the crowd. The games in Oklahoma City clearly revealed that "little secret."

Well, the sword cuts both ways and when I last checked we still have home court advantage. Maybe it's time for some of these celebrities to take off their sunglasses and stop worry about been seen and start worrying about BEING HEARD!!!!

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE AND IN THE PLAYOFFS THEY SCREAM THEIR LUNGS OUT!!!!!

If you attend Game Five and your voice isn't hoarse the next day from yelling, well, then you're not a real fan. That's the litmus test.

It's the fricken playoffs!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

I don't understand the Lakers "fans" that are already throwing in the towel. This is a seven-game series against a young, athletic 50-win team. It's not supposed to be easy. Yes, the Thunder are for real. Yes, the Lakers have vulnerabilities -- like all basketball teams. A cakewalk through the Western Conference isn't what this team needs. It needs to be challenged. It needs to face adversity. That's what makes the post-season so special. There's nothing easy about winning an NBA championship, and there's nothing easy about repeating.

But, damn, it sure will be a fun ride.

Go Lake Show!

"The Times' Mark Heisler believes the Lakers are toast unless Bryant comes back to full form."

Good, because Mark Heisler is almost always wrong.

After we win Game Five he'll write something about the Lakers are "reborn" and then a few days later write something about how we won't make it out of the second round.

The guy has zero credibility in my eyes. It's important to recognize the quality of your source material.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

REAL FANS MAKE NOISE AND IN THE PLAYOFFS THEY SCREAM THEIR LUNGS OUT!!!!!

If you attend Game Five and your voice isn't hoarse the next day from yelling, well, then you're not a real fan. That's the litmus test.

It's the fricken playoffs!!!!

Posted by: Jon K. | April 26, 2010 at 09:51 AM

I agree Jon K. I am just watching on my TV and my voice is hoarse the next day and my kids think I am going nuts.

Any time the Lakers want to import some REAL fans into the building, I'm all for it. I will not sit there silently. Not a frickin' chance.

Go Lake Show!

Very true Jeanette, I get scolding from my own son in telling me to calm down because I alarm my granddaughters because they cry too, as I yell "stupid" in front of a TV. Watching a Laker game is like a devotion to religion or a way of life, losing is not an acceptable compromise. At the end of the day, just think what anger or extreme joy did to our well being? Did we accomplish anything meritorious? Nothing. It is a just a passing moment of entertainment that may lead to strengthening or depletion of bragging rights. Some people are entertained because for a fleeting moment they put aside their major problems in daily living.

I would like to extend my congratulations to Jon K for being the Reader of the Day. It is about time to reciprocate the passion of our brother who toils a hard life in the heart of Cleveland but never forget to say a word in this blog


Screw the analysis... GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!

Congrats Jon K, I love your passion and I always look forward to your posts.

Outlaw, I would not mind joining in as well. I promise I would be LOUD!

LOL, Mang Edwin.....I am so glad my neighbors are not complaining. I get trash-talked by my relatives back home on the chat. Yes, we chat sometimes while the game is on-going.

Laker Fan-


I miss the 80-2 bandwagon days or the days when you would dream about the Lakers winning the next 5 titles and 7 of the next 10.


Those were such happier times! Oh the memories.

** WILL YOU BE THERE TUESDAY APRIL 27 WHEN THE VERY GATES OF HELL ARE UNLEASHED AND A FURY SUCH AS NEVER HAS BEEN SEEN ON A BASKETBALL COURT BEFORE WILL BE UNLEASHED? ***
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Some have stood steadfast, some have wavered and yes some have even backslid.
Some claim unwavering faith, Somes faith wavered. But all- yes all remeber a June day in 2008 when the worst Finals defeat in Lakers history was inflicted upon them by Boston. After that defeat I told Laker Nation to take that hurt, store it deep inside of you let it fester and burn do not try to calm it. I said hold it until you feel you are going to bust and hold it still, until such a time comes when it needs to be released. THE TIME HAS COME, THE LAKERS WILL NOT BE DISSESD!!! KOBE BRYANT WILL NOT BE DISSED. GOD%%$#$@#@ RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRACKEN!! LET THE WRATH OF ALL LAKERS DYNASTIES ROLLED INTO THIS ONE COME FORTH!!! Thunder do you not know you are playing the Freaking World Champion Lakers. Like the Celtics your @zzes laughed and joked on the side lines of your so-called blowout. THOSE WHO HAVE EYES WILL SEE, THOSE WHO HAVE EARS WILL LISTEN. Did you fools not think the Freaking LA Lakers were not observing this. Why do you think Dfish went to Phil and told him to Bench him for the next game. Do you think this proud though ancient warrior will not come out for game 5 with every ounce of fiber in him, do you think he will not die on that floor rather than suffer the indignity of being benched? WELL DO YOU?. L.O. has been lackadaisical in the past 4 games, do you fools think in a must have game that the Lakers must have such as the game last year, that even with a hurt shoulder L.O. dominated, her won’t come out for this game and play with a skill that even the great Magic Johnson will say he couldn’t Match, well do you? Finally, do you think that KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA, THE REINGING FINALS MVP, Arguably the greatest player on the Planet will let the indignities of Saturday, the laughing at the Lakers go. WELL DO YOU? HELL NO! The world is about to witness what true greatness - not the freakin manufactured Darth Stern, Princess Jimmy greatness- But true greatness and a true warrior is. With one hand KOBE BEAN BRYANT will show that the talent of Princess Jimmy is not equal to the Pimple on Black Mambas behind. Kobe has never had a game shooting under 20 without erupting the great VESUVIUS. Many have question the switch and doubted that it could be released. Well the switch is the hurt, pain, anger, and loss of that game 6 against Boston. And that switch is now being switched on. RELEASE THE KRAKEN, RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!, Let the Hurt from that game 6 loss to Boston erupt. Let the anger at the laughter of the thunder erupt. LAKER NATION I GIVE YOU -- THE VENGENCE OF KOBE BEAN BRYANT, THE BLACK MAMBA!!! AND MAY THE LORD HAVE MERCY ON THE THUNDERS @ZZ.
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GOD$$#$%%^^ WHO THE FRAK ARE WE!!!!!
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WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You
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THE LAKERS PLEDGE,
WHO ARE WE? ALL TOGETHER !!
We’re the World Champion LA Lakers , we’ve won 15 Rings
10 of the 50 Greatest players played under our wings
We’ve had 3 Lakers Dynasties and now are starting on 4
That’s 2 better than any NBA team ever had before
The best Winning Percentage in History, can’t ask for more
You want Hall of Fame Coaches, Check it, we’ve had four
We got the Finals MVP, By the name of Name Kobe Bryant
He scored more points than an entire team without even trying
He scored 81 points in a game & could have scored more
But Rings not number of points is what he plays for.
We got The Logo Jerry West & First Great center George Mikan
The Legendary Elgin Baylor & Magic Johnson the Icon.
We’ve had all great centers like Shaq, Wilt & of course Kareem
Super guards Worthy, Goodrich & Silk played on the Laker team
Karl Malone & Gary Payton, A glove & Mailman we just leased
A 10 time Title Winning Coach who mastered Zen in the East
Chick Hearn the Legend, Broadcasted our Lakers Games
Now he’s Broadcasting from Heaven & is in the Hall of Fame
We got Sports Winningest & Best Owner, Kudos Dr. Jerry Buss
We play for Rings & Rings only , which is why teams fear us.
That’s just a summary of our Resume, we don’t talk we Do.
We’re The Freaking Champion Lakers, Who the Hell are You

Game 5 will tell everything we need to know about this Laker team. But I'll tell you this, even if we win this series, I'm starting to seriously doubt if we can beat anyone else.

When I look at other teams, and then I look at the Lakers, I seriously wonder how we got this far. Other teams seem to score from the outside, hit freethrows, play with energy, so forth. I don't see the Lakers doing this.

Although it would make me feel bad, I can accept our Lakers losing in the playoffs; nobody can be champions every year. But to lose first round...that would just really hurt.

My message to other fans; be proud of our team, but start to prepare yourselves for elimination. We had our time last year. That was great. This year, it just doesn't seem to be a year for us.

But, we'll see.

Hobbitmage, my vid didn't go thru for some reason. Here's the list of Sensi's again, but some of my favorites are left out, like Supericker John Liu. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00pDiy0Ty7I&playnext_from=TL&videos=d3-kl4rUWdY


And I thought it was game day. No? My gosh. We're going to really think about our roster this offseason.


Wes


Jon K,

Congratulations on well deserved recognition for the contributions laced with passion and devotion you bring to this blog every day.

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To all recognized in Roland Lazenby's tribute to true Lakers fans everywhere, all I can say is: Well Deserved.

Go Lakers!

Let me just second the praise for Jon K and really all the readers Roland mentioned in this piece. You guys are the backbone of this blog, and it's a pleasure I get to interact with you guys on a daily basis.

MM

Well, I wonder if all the Denver/Dallas fans are having a conniption yet.

I think that we're in much better position than either of those two contenders, and we've got a game 5 on OUR court.

Am I concerned? Yes - I'd like the effort to be better, and maybe a nasty foul would work (like Najera in last night's game against the Spurs, or like the double foul on Carmelo and Boozer in the Utah/Denver game.

Am I crying that the sky is falling? No - It's now a best of 3 series, and two of those games are at home. I have no problem if this series goes to 7 games, as long as we get to 4 wins before OKC does.

JON K, JON K, HE'S THE READER COMMENT OF THE DAY!!
JON K, JON K, HE'S THE READER COMMENT OF THE DAY!!
YEAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

MARK MEDINA, MARK MEDINA, HE'S THE POWER BEHIND THE SCHEMA.
MARK MEDINA, MARK MEDINA, HE'S THE POWER BEHIND THE SCHEMA.
YEAHHHHHHHHH BLOG GOD!!!! KUDOS!!!

THIS SERIES IS OVER!! THUNDER IN 6! You don't need to watch the game tommorow Tuesday in Staples Center. The game will be close for three quarters and when the Lakers sense that they are "no match" to Thunder's youth and athletism they will just fade away in the fourth quarter and lose by 20 pts. as Kobe stop playing just like what he did in Phoenix and Boston series. Then in the 6th games the Lakers will be humiliated in Oklahoma City losing by 4o points to be the first NBA Champion team to give up their championship ring to a neophyte team without a fight. This 2009-2010 team will become the "most maligned team" in Lakers franchise history. The blame will go down to Kobe for not attending to his injuries in the beginning of the season and Mitch Kupchak for destroying the team chemistry for adding Artest to replace the much reliable Ariza. What a horrible demise by a much loved LA team named Lakers.

Congrats Laker Fan-atics, we have been recognized.


Now we need to be heard. From opening tip to final horn, Staples needs to R-O-C-K. Like this kind of rock:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BH35ahbWO_E


It needs to lose the cool and get on with the drool. Scream til the spit hangs from your lower lip like a Bill Cosby bit:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSw1Qav0L2E&feature=fvst


But mainly, we need to make sure that the Thunder hears us. Now I'm not saying that we can beat the Thunder, but our team needs our help to make sure we don't get down in this series. I don't see us coming back from OKC with a win on Thursday if we lose tomorrow.


So if you are a lucky fan going to the game, drink some tea and warm up your vocal cords. we need you loud, proud and focused on the task at hand: Willing the Lakers to victory.

What a horrible demise by a much loved LA team named Lakers. Posted by: NINOY | April 26, 2010 at 11:27 AM
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ROFLMFAO!! HAHAHHAHAHAH OH THE HUMANITY!! STOP IT PLEASE! Ninoy, the mind is a terrible thing to waste.! hahahhahaha!!!

@JAMIE SWEET, Crank it up Bro!!

I'm to the point where I almost hope they get bounced this first round. Everyone's injured. They haven't played well for months now. Kobe looks like he is stumbling whenever he drives the lane which has never happened in the whole time I've been watching him. I love this team. I bleed purple and gold. But I can't ignore the facts. With how they're playing right now and have been playing, there's no way they can make it all the way. This is not the same team as last year that went 7 games with Houston in the first round. This is a team who has multiple injuries and is disjointed and discombobulated.

I love my Lakers. I always will. I'll cheer and yell for them like crazy for every game they play. But I'm not ignoring facts.

GO LAKERS!

Mamba24, Outstanding it works every time, gets the juices flowing like a blood transfusion.

@2Phatt, Thank you my brother.
Mamba24

Thanks, guys.

I spend so much time dealing with the vitriol of trolls sometime I forget that the large majority of us are really just good old fashioned Lakeraholics.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

PREDICTMENT:

The predicament that this laker team is in did not manifest over night. The distraction and drama started off season with: losing Trevor; long drawn out resigning of Lamer and his marriage to Kloe; signing of Artest and the side show that followed with concussion and TV appearances; Kobe not taking care of this health issues in timely fashion, being headstrong in defying nature; lastly, the injuries causing the revolving door affect with players constantly in and out the line up. All of these have taken a toll on this laker team and I am not surprised by the results.

Winning a title is not like turning on a faucet but it takes discipline, FOCUS, team chemistry and a little bit of luck. Laker are MIA in all of these categories.

Ron Ron will have a big game tomorrow - frothing at the mouth and all. I can feel it. That kid KD will be crying out for Mommy to make the bully go away.
Call off the search party for LO and send all the volunteers home. The Candyman will be at the game tomorrow.

Lakers in 6!

Ron Ron will have a big game tomorrow - frothing at the mouth and all. I can feel it. That kid KD will be crying out for Mommy to make the bully go away.
Call off the search party for LO and send all the volunteers home. The Candyman will be at the game tomorrow. Lakers in 6! Posted by: lurker | April 26, 2010 at 11:47 AM
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Do I have to say it lurker?...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!
MAMBA24

Bah!!! I hate it when writers call people at the Laker's Games fans...those tools arent fans. Most of the real fans are in the "Cheap" seats...and even then most of them are priced out of the playoffs. 95% of the people you see sitting in the lower bowl at a Laker's playoff game are there because they heard thats where the "Cool People" are doing. God I wish I could get a job at Staples as the "Get loud and Cheer or GTFO" Commisioner.

God I wish I could get a job at Staples as the "Get loud and Cheer or GTFO" Commisioner. Posted by: The Infamous El Guapo | April 26, 2010 at 11:59 AM
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OOOOOOOH WEEEEEE!!! PREACH EL GUAPO, PREACH!!!!
AND...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!
MAMBA24

>>>>THIS SERIES IS OVER!! THUNDER IN 6!

Okay, Celtics trolls are obvious. Cleveland and Phoenix trolls I can kinda understand...

but Thunder trolls?

I never thought I'd see the day.

Only two kinda things come from Oklahoma City...

Only two kinda things come from Oklahoma City... Posted by: LongTimeLakerFan | April 26, 2010 at 12:20 P
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Please LongTime don't hurt them!!! LMFAO!! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!

The Infamous El Guapo,

"95% of the people you see sitting in the lower bowl at a Laker's playoff game are there because they heard thats where the "Cool People" are doing."

Agreed.

The problem with the people in the lower bowl is that they treat a PLAYOFF game like a regular season baseball game.

I loves me a nice game in the park, kicking back, eating a hot dog, having a conversation, cheering and clapping occasionally when I hear the crack of a bat... it's a good time.

The thing is... basketball is not played in a park... it's played in an ARENA--like A GLADITORIAL ARENA. This is the fricken playoffs! It's not a NICE, RELAXING DAY IN THE PARK, OKAY?!?!?!?

YOU GO TO AN NBA PLAYOFF GAME TO BE A PARTICIPANT, NOT A PASSIVE OBSERVER!!!!

SOMEONE NEEDS TO GET IT THROUGH THESE RICH HIPSTERS WEARING SUNGLASSES INDOORS HEADS THAT THEY HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO SUPPORT THEIR TEAM AND JUST BECAUSE THEY PAID MORE FOR THEIR TICKETS IT PROVIDES THEM WITH ZERO ("ZERO" in bold, underlined text) IMMUNITY TO THAT RESPONSIBILITY, OKAY?!?!?!??

SUPPORT YOUR DAMN TEAM!!!!!

IT'S THE FRICKEN PLAYOFFS!!!!

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!!

@JON K, KUDOS BRO, GIVE EM HELLLLLLL!!!
MAMBA24

I find it extremely komical that the freakin NBA champs with the freakin reigning MVP, and a the freakin ten-ring guru, still needed a whooping by a bunch of rooks to finally wake up. I guess some of you still need to be punked before you wake up every morning.
The big chief said his team suffered a meltdown, is this anyway for a wake up call?

KOBE, WHERE ARE YOU? WE NEED YOUR EXPLOSION AND GET MAD AT YOUR TEAMATES WHEN THEY SCREW UP..LIKE YOU USE TO..WHERE ARE YOU AT, KOBE?

KOBE I KNOW YOU ARE THE BEST IN THE WORLD YOU HAVE 4 RINGS KNOW ITS TIME FOR THE 5TH...ALL YOU LAKER FANS WHO HAVE TICKETS FOR TOMORROWS GAME YOU NEED TO STEP IT UP TOMORROW THE LAKERS NEED TO HEAR YOUR ROARS!!!! THUNDER, SUCK!!!!!!

Well in spite having their team ripped off by shiesters Stern & Bennett, the last laugh may be BY Seattle towards the NBA. This article today in the Seattle PI is rather interesting:


Seattle Part of New Professional Basketball League?

By ANNIE COLLINGSWORTH and JOHN PORTER LOWE

BELLEVUE, Wa -

Just as Seattle basketball fans are grieving the loss of an exciting young team giving the LA Lakers fits in the NBA playoffs this year, rumors are swirling that the Seattle financial community may not be taking this sitting down. Word is spreading that a series of behind-the-scenes meetings of former NBA players and investment hungry brokers have been taking place since late last year 2009, with discussion centering on a potential partnership and framework of what could be the world’s first fan-owned professional sports league.

Initially referred to as the GBCL (Global Basketball Community League), the latest prevailing idea has a majority of stock options owned by a base of local fans similar to the Green Bay Packers model in the NFL. Each team would be formed with an unspecified stock option, with the initial investment group holding 100% of team stock upon formation. Once the teams are established with signed long-term leases in each city, each individual team would revert back to a 60% fan-owned sold stock system from an IPO-like conversion, with 40% remaining in the hands of initial investor. Profits would stream from the initial IPO, and because fans in each community would own their own teams, stadium blackmail from team owners would come to an end and local governments would be less reluctant to upgrade facilities. Add the potential tax revenues gained from existing facilities that have been long-abandoned, and everyone from city mayors to select team coaching officials are on-board with this idea.

In Seattle and Vancouver BC, the timing could not be better after the departure of their teams with less-than appreciative community leaders and team historians. Nor is the economy necessarily a hindrance with investors chased from other business ventures seeking new opportunities from never-before attempted structures..........

http://www.seattlepi.com/forum/boards/viewtopic.asp?topicid=147705


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