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NBA's decline means fewer teams

By Ron Published: February 22, 2011

The Carmelo Anthony trade along with The Decision are sending the NBA down a dangerous path.
ESPN this morning put the relevant teams at nine out of 30. And only two of them were in middle or small markets, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.
If the season was 40-50 games it would be different but filling arenas with rookies and D League players for 80-some games is going to be tough for a lot of franchises.
Why should fans invest with their emotions and wallets, when the league doesn't care about them and when a championship is a pipe dream.
Contracting the number of teams is the only way to keep the league viable.

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