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Pacers deserve applause for doing right by employees through lockout

Jul 23, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT


That’s right. While the Los Angeles Lakers are shredding staffing during the lockout despite making more money every day from merchandising than most teams in the league probably make in ticket sales in an average day, and the league is torching employees while executives still draw huge paychecks, the little old Indiana Pacers are doing right by their employees. From the Indianapolis Business Journal:

Despite the labor rift between National Basketball Association owners and players, Indiana Pacers President Jim Morris says he doesn’t plan to lay off any of the organization’s 170 employees—at least for now.

“We’ve worked in a steady way over a number of years to get the [operational] team in exact order,” Morris said. “We don’t anticipate any changes to that at this time.”

Despite the lockout that threatens to cancel a good portion, if not the entire, upcoming season, Morris said there is plenty of work to keep staffers busy.

via Pacers: Lockout won’t sting employees, ticket holders | 2011-07-22 | Indianapolis Business Journal |

So again, a team that many think should be contracted, actually planned for the lockout and won’t have to lay off anyone, despite losing significant revenue. (*Cough* overpaid for Danny Granger and Mike Dunleavy *cough.) The Pacers need to have this recognized by fans and the city of Indianapolis. There’s something to be said for operating your business in a responsible way, instead of just shredding salary to pad your own pockets during a lockout you orchestrated.

Meanwhile, this interesting bit caught my eye as well.

The Pacers face financial challenges of their own.

The team lost a combined $60 million during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons, Morris said. Though he wouldn’t reveal the team’s loss last season, he said it was “significant.”

You’re noticing this quite a bit, particularly in light of the BRI results from last year. Basically, for all the moaning and whining from the BILLIONAIRE owners, their business was up last year. It wasn’t enough to overcome, you know, having to pay Troy Murphy or Dunleavy, or any of the other zillion poor decisions that cost them, but it was enough to limit the damage. But you’re not going to hear those results. You’re just going to hear about all the losses and the nightmares they’ve had to endure during the economic recession.

There’s no question that NBA team business has suffered over the past several years, nor that changes are needed to modify the system. But you’re also going to continue to see this deliberate leveraging of information to fit the narrative they want sold, no matter what the actual data might show.


  1. goforthanddie - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    LA, land of superficial assholes. Indiana, America’s heartland.
    LA, richest team in the league. Indiana, not.
    LA, dumping employees. Indiana, not.

    It just gets easier and easier to hate LA. Maybe Jerry should’ve put his daughter in charge instead of his son.

  2. daveyindy - Jul 23, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    Holy Fact Check, Batman.

    For one thing, Danny Granger, the teams best player, makes only $12,000,000 this season. Considering guys like Chris Bosh make $17,000,000 I think them getting Granger on that contract was a great move.

    And second of all, last time I checked, there’s quite a bit of difference between “buying out Troy Murphy” and “trading Troy Murphy for Darren Collison”. But that’s just me.

  3. travisatisu - Jul 24, 2011 at 2:43 AM

    Troy Murphy was never bought out, just traded. And I’m sure you remember the circumstances of why Dunleavy and his awful contract had to be traded for. Well, you probably don’t, you routinely make mistakes like these.

  4. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    There is definite optimism in Indy. Very good front office hirings, good young coach, depth on the coaching bench, excellent arena, and as of now, well behaved players. This is of course why Dunleavy is on the team. Trading away a poorly behaved player. And I would dispute the pay level of Granger. There are role players in this league that make much more.

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