Stern has done a tremandous amount to help the league grow and it is incredibly foolish to say he hasn't. he made the NBA a players driven market which lead to the incredible Rise of Magic, Larry, and Jordan. Instead of focusing on making teams marketable he made the players marketable which is why the superstars hold so much power today because owners know that they are ultimately the ones that bring in the viewers and allow them to make a large sum of money. the only team in the NBA that is a team market is the Lakers and it is still constantly filled with superstars. Stern caused this and he did it on purpose and it is what allowed the league to become such a global sport.
I believe I gave him credit for taking the game global, helping it grow. That doesn't relieve him of justified blame on numerous other issues too. For example, you say that the 82 game schedule is wise for the business side of things? Ok but the NHL starts their season a month earlier, to avoid wear and tear (more physical sport too, but separate issue). The NBA could do this, and also just NOT schedule teams in such favorable and non favorable manners.
The Lakers being the only team market - that's being a good commish? Seems a bit favoring to one franchise, I disagree that he deserves props for that.
23 and under rule is once again because of what is in the best interest of his league. he doesn't like that his players get injured while preparing for it so obviously he's going to recommend such a thing. Also it would be nice to see more competition in those games, but whatever, you guys can enjoy winning everyone in blowout fashion(except for the gold medal games which are usually close).
The gap has closed in recent years, and the Olympics are only every 4 years. Those people are citizens of their native country first, NBA players 2nd. Being able to represent one's country is an honor imo, and I also believe that it fuels other countries to beat us and get better as opposed to getting good enough to beat our college players or NBA rookies.
You can certainly make a case for Bettmanm but Stern seems more malicious in his actions than Stern and a bigger scumbag. I don't know, maybe you have dirt on Bettman I am unaware of. I follow all 4 sports, but hockey the least I guess if I had to pick.
Well it's one thing to want better evidence and another to make up there is a conspiracy to keep a team from playing in its stadium for the Super Bowl.
They shouldn't pick cities with a team that looks like anything close to a Superbowl contender for that year or the next. Next year - Kansas City would be a fabulous place to hold the Superbowl. On the other hand, Houston would be a terrible pick. New Orleans has been bad for a while and hosted so many SB's that this hasn't been an issue until now.