So yeah, the NBA has a new cable deal that will pay them all the moneys starting in 2016, and people are already asking me what I think of it. Deadspin has already provided a good answer, but for those who are too busy to read an entire explainer, let’s boil it down to its most important sentence:
Your cable bill will increase a couple of dollars a month solely because of the NBA.
Also, a lot of NBA players and owners will become even richer. Capitalism!
I’ve also gotten questions (tongue in cheek, I hope) about whether this will mean that NBA owners will now have so much of the moneys that they won’t be demanding new arenas anymore, to which I say: If anyone thinks that the reason that owners are asking for subsidies is because they’re running too low on cash, and if they have bigger piles of cash then they’ll be happy and won’t need any more, then they probably haven’t been paying attention. In America, there is no such thing as “enough cash.”