National Basketball Association owners recently met in Hawaii to discuss new ways to spark fan interest in 2010. Several owners expressed concern over negative fan reaction to recent acts of fighting between players and fans, players and players, and last weeks post game altercation between two gun totting players in the Washington Wizards locker room.
"Obviously this is a coaching problem. The Coach needs to reach out to these fine young men". lamented one owner. "This has nothing to do with the Wizards 7-12 record, but perhaps it is time for a coaching change."
One idea promoted widely throughout the owners group is to have a post game players splatball game on the court. One of the Canadian owners believes this may put a halt to the packing of weapons by some of these marginal role models, allowing them to take out their little misunderstandings on the court. Another owner who's team has not finished in the upper half of the league in 10 years thinks that for his fans, splatball may be more exciting for the than basketball.
The owners will continue discussion on this subject, along with how to increase ticket prices in a down economy at their February meeting in the Grand Caymans.