I'm starting to get pumped about this Big 3 League being put together by Ice Cube and Allen Iverson. I really think it could be successful. It will have star power, it will be something different than what we see in the NBA, and it will have a consistent schedule that allows fans to know exactly when games will be played. I think if the league can produce a quality product and quality basketball, this could work.
One of the reasons the NFL is so successful, in my eyes, is that every game matters and is spaced out so well. One game a week. It helps for gambling, it helps for fantasy sports, it helps for playoff races and standings, it helps for TV coverage, it just helps a lot of different aspects. Sounds like this league will play their games once a week on Sundays. Perfect. I know exactly when this will be on and can schedule to watch it. Almost like a TV show. Then the rest of the week, the league and the media can hype up the upcoming games and players.
Another thing that I think will help is the fact that this league may not be as corporate as other leagues. The NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB are multi-million, if not multi-billion, dollar corporations. They have to be more cautious and media conscious due to their global-ness and their corporate sponsors. Often, I think that is a determinant to the product. How many times have you heard the NFL called the "No Fun League"? It's strict. I think this league should be much more free and expressive. It should lead to more memorable moments and excitement. It can be the fun professional league. Almost like the XFL was suppose to be for football.
I think this league will start off slow in it's first year until people get to notice it more through word of mouth and highlights. But if they can produce quality basketball, I think the stars can align and make this league a success. I don't know if you can buy stock in a professional sports league but if you can, I'd buy a lot of Big 3 stock.
I saw a tweet that CNN was going to hold a televised debate between John Kasich and Bernie Sanders next Tuesday. Another terrific idea in my mind. With the political climate the way it is these days, why wouldn't that get viewers? If you've ever been on the internet, you know that Democrats love yelling at Republicans, Republicans love yelling at Democrats, and people love to yell and give #HotTakes in general. This is a perfect opportunity to do all of those things.
Say what you want about Donald Trump and the 2016 Election process but it definitely gained media attention and social activity. These types of debates can continue that momentum and hopefully educate the American people more on politics and our government system. I know I for one am not nearly as educated enough on topics and issues, maybe these debates can help to inform me.
Even better, if CNN (or any channel or news organization) holds a monthly televised debate between government officials it would at least get the American public more familiar with many of the leaders running our nation and potentially running for President in 2020. There were almost 20 Republican candidates for the 2016 election and I'll be damned if I know more than 5 or 6 of them heading into the election season. On the Democratic side there were only three potential candidates and I had never heard of Martin O'Malley before and only heard bits and pieces about Bernie Sanders prior to the election season.
Giving potential candidates these one on one type of debates, or even small group debates, can allow them to get their faces out to the general public before the election cycle. That way a candidate can gain some publicity and a base before it gets decided for us who is going to be each party's nominees. How many election years have you heard people complain that "These are the choices we get?". Well, now we could have an opportunity to see candidates and support people monthly....not just during election season. I love this idea.
Just a terrible night in our nation's capital last night, and for once Donald Trump had nothing to do with it. It has been 67 years since a Washington D.C. based sports team has even REACHED a conference finals. Not won a conference finals, 67 years since a D.C. team has even reached the conference finals. Last night they had two teams trying to play their ways into that round and both got embarrassed.
The Capitals were shutout in their Game 7 against Pittsburgh, continuing their impressive run of outstanding regular seasons with underwhelming playoff runs. The Capitals seem to dominate regular seasons every year for the past 5 or 6 years only to lose early in the playoffs. It's almost like a Lucy-Charlie Brown deal at this point where every year they get their hopes up that this is the playoffs they finally break through and then Lucy pulls that ball away and they get upset in the playoffs again. I know I had them picked to win the Stanley Cup this year, and at least two other years in the past 6. They keep fooling me. Last night was just another crushing night for the hockey fans in Washington.
Wasn't a much better night for the basketball fans in Washington, either. After winning two games convincingly at home to even their series with Boston at 2-2, they returned to Boston to get blasted by the Celtics last night. They were rarely within 15 points most of the night. The Celtics got up on them early and never let their feet off the pedal. This Boston team isn't filled with playoff veterans but last night looked like a young Wizards team relaxing after two big wins and the veteran Celtics team dominating them when they needed the win. It was weird. Hat tip to Boston though, they looked like a team that could even win a game against LeBron in the next round if they can make it there.
Props to the Nationals last night though. They came back from a 6-2 deficit in the 8th inning and won on a 2-run walk-off single by Matt Wieters in the 9th. Big morale boost for D.C. The city really needed that after last night.