I couldn’t help identifying with Josh Harris, the new owner of the Philadelphia Sixers who was featured in this yesterday’s Washington Sports sports page. It seems that he grew up with our Baltimore Bullets; Wes Unseld, Elvin Hayes and Phil Chenier; our guys! And to quote him, “More thrills, less frills.”
How I agree with him! Less flashing overhead advertising, more clothes on the dancers, more fun at the games.
I also heard him loud and clear when he said he loved going to games and playing when he was younger, but he had to accept that he would never play in the NBA because he was only 5’8″ !! My husband Abe, (who was only 5’11 3/4″) learned a lesson very early as an owner: you can do everything right: market the team, lower the ticket prices, change the uniforms, etc., but when the players go out on the floor, it is out of your hands.
Again, to quote Josh Harris: “It’s like getting in an airplane and waiting for take-off.” It is out of your control.
Still, that is the thrill of not only owning a team, but the thrill of professional sports. When the game starts, you will not know how it will end.