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Would Having Non-Guaranteed Contracts Help The League's PR Image?

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:) thats what i did. i gave

:) thats what i did. i gave everyone points but him

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I went down the thread and

I went down the thread and gave every one a point(except for myself, I find it unethical to give yourself a point) even Penny Packer, well except for the post where he called me d!ck.

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For any of you bashing his first paragraph.....

I can tell you straight up that race does has to do with the NBA's popularity. Not to a large degree but I dont know what your guys peers are like but I go to NC State University and almost everytime I bring up the NBA to a large group of people there is always someone in the group who makes a racist comment about the NBA. There are thousands of people who think the NBA is a bunch of overpaid black people. It sickens me that people are so damn ignorant and let race determine their interest in a sport but to pretend that it doesnt exist makes you also ignorant.

Toungue out like 23, Maybe you havent experienced this in your life, (its a lot more common in the south) but I run into people who just straight up were never attracted to liking the NBA because of inner racism.

Its not as popular within white southern communities because whites are a minority in the sport. If Hockey had more Black players who played the sport I feel the popularity of Hockey in the black community would also increase.

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Non-guaranteed contracts

Non-guaranteed contracts would be great for the owners and terrible for the players. They would never accept that and I think that nobody even thinks it will be in the next CBA.

Having said that, some players don't put up the effort after signing that big contract, and that is because it is guaranteed. To be fair, a player that can stay in the league until the end of his rookie contract has made enough money for the rest of his life, so maybe guaranteeing rookie contracts (which are much less expensive) and making later contracts non guaranteed may be a good idea. (which the players will never agree to)

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Race does play a factor I

Race does play a factor I hear people say they don't watch hockey because its practically all white. If there were even 1 superstar black player in hockey I think its popularity would increase.

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andxxx/Fritz So people don't

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So people don't like basketball because it's about 75% African-American but they love football even though it's about 70% African-American. Wow, you guys sure do have a point...

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Yeah race is not that much of

Yeah race is not that much of a factor although, TOL23, what percent of QBs and Kickers are white?

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Aamir "Conversely as of the

Aamir

"Conversely as of the 2008 NFL Draft, 617 White quarterbacks have been drafted from the total number of 719 quarterbacks drafted for a percentage of (86%). Of the 617 White quarterbacks drafted, 128 were selected in the first round (18%) with two being converted to other positions."

http://lloydvance.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/african-american-quarterback-...

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All I was saying that the

All I was saying that the Public sees the starting QB, and on most football teams it is a white guy, but I wouldn't buy that as an excuse for why basketball is not as popular.

In my onpinion, this is a sensitive topic, and I believe we should stray away from it before someone says something mean. But yes, I agree Tol23, racce has nothing to do with the NBA's image.

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Tongue out like 23

Yes man I am saying that, even though football is mainly black people it still doesnt have the inner city black culture vibe that basketball has. There is still a ton of racism in football but from all my personal experiences I hear so much more racism when it comes to basketball. And in football there are many white AMERICAN stars, You see them on commercials all the time. Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady have gotten more attention in the sport than any other players.

The thing is their arent any more White American stars in the NBA today. Almost all of the good white players are international and white americans make up such a small percentage of the league and the marketing.

Making ungarenteed contract just gives those people who &$#%#&@! about athletes being overpaid one less thing to &$#%#&@! about. If Greg Oden isn't being paid millions of dollars to play a few games a year because his contract would change due to injury it just gets rid of that stereotype more. But personally, I think players need garenteed contracts and this would never happen.

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alot of black superstar

alot of black superstar hockey players in the nhl..its just that the nhl doesnt market its players as well as the nba does..

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