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TV Ratings Dictated NBA’s Decision to Play Finals Despite A/C Failure
Mediaite ^ | June 6, 2014 | Joe Concha

Posted on 06/06/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT by EveningStar

You know that controversial NBA game last night more than a few water coolers are privy to this morning? ...

The one played in an arena where the air conditioning went out due to an electrical failure, turning the court in a 90-degree sauna, resulting in said cramps for one LeBron James?

It should have never been played...

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Sports; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: airconditioning; lebronjames; nba; ratings

1 posted on 06/06/2014 9:47:25 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: EveningStar

LOL somebody has never been to the August race at Michigan International Speedway.


2 posted on 06/06/2014 9:50:20 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar
It should have never been played...

Everyone was at the same disadvantage.

If it was Boris Diaw suffering from cramps NO ONE would care this morning.

3 posted on 06/06/2014 9:50:26 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: EveningStar

Open the doors. Bring in fans.

There hasn’t always been AC for B-ball players.


4 posted on 06/06/2014 9:50:28 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin
There hasn’t always been AC for B-ball players

Basketball was never meant to be a June sport.

5 posted on 06/06/2014 9:53:19 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: EveningStar

I am a bit confused.

Did the entire arena not have AC or did the AC only work where the Spurs players happened to be standing, running and shooting, but not where the Miami players were?


6 posted on 06/06/2014 9:53:39 AM PDT by Oliviaforever
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To: Starstruck
Basketball was never meant to be a June sport.

Shut down the Internet, we have winner!!! Booyah!!!

7 posted on 06/06/2014 9:54:46 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: gdani

Good point-—it was only LeBron that couldn’t play through the cramps. Its not his fault but if multiple players went down then we have a real storyline. sHeat happens.


8 posted on 06/06/2014 9:55:55 AM PDT by tflabo (Truth or Tyranny)
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To: Starstruck

When the season lasts 8 months, you just might have to play when it is hot.


9 posted on 06/06/2014 9:55:59 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: EveningStar

Does anybody care?

I read a piece on ESPN or FOX yesterday: more people watched the THREE day NFL draft than watched the recent SEVEN game series featuring the mighty Lebron James.

As the writer said (paraphrase): More people tuned in to watch a guy stand at a podium and read names than did to watch a deciding playoff series.


10 posted on 06/06/2014 9:57:11 AM PDT by Doctor 2Brains
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To: EveningStar
As a Clevelander, my personal hatred for LeBron James clouds my judgment as I have been hoping Karma and a bus would hit him any time now. I am not even an NBA fan or viewer.
11 posted on 06/06/2014 9:58:43 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: gdani
In football, the game is played whatever the conditions. Baseball is played in extreme heat. These basketball millionaire "slaves" can't stand a little heat? Just like they can't handle people saying things they don't agree with in the privacy of their own homes.

I hope basketball becomes the laughingstock of pro sports. Billionaires paying obscene amounts of money to buy a team so they can pay guys millions of dollars to dribble a basketall? Yuck.

12 posted on 06/06/2014 9:58:52 AM PDT by grania
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To: EveningStar

Uh ... two teams played in that “sauna” and only one player had cramps. Most of the Spurs players are much older than “king” James too.


13 posted on 06/06/2014 10:00:52 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

When they have teams in Texas, Georgia and Florida, you will definitely have to play in the heat.


14 posted on 06/06/2014 10:01:51 AM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Oliviaforever
Did the entire arena not have AC or did the AC only work where the Spurs players happened to be standing, running and shooting, but not where the Miami players were?

Apparently, only the LeBron AC was not working.

15 posted on 06/06/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT by al_c (Obama's standing in the world has fallen so much that Kenya now claims he was born in America.)
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To: EveningStar; All

WoW!

Oh the sacrifice, the humanity...really, a hot arena...must have been excruciating, I hope they get some extra pay for putting their life on the line to serve up some entertainment.

You mean these guys get paid millions of dollars to “play a game” in the heat...That’s a lot like an Army Private that gets paid $23,000 annually to serve in Afghanistan with his life on the line. Yeah, a lot like that.

Sorry, give a damn is busted...no tears shed here.


16 posted on 06/06/2014 10:01:54 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: Starstruck

B-Ball was meant to be played outside on a cracked concrete court strewn with broken glass, with chaIned hoops, and dope dealers on the sidelines instead of beer vendors ...


17 posted on 06/06/2014 10:02:27 AM PDT by mikrofon ('Been there -- literally)
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To: EveningStar

Wow that’s a rather hispanic name for being totally afraid of heat. 90 degrees, BFD. It was 108 in Tucson yesterday and outdoor sports were played.

And no the outcome isn’t compromised, both teams played under the same conditions. Less than ideal conditions yes, but still the same. Toughen up, earn your game checks.


18 posted on 06/06/2014 10:04:01 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Starstruck

They play it in August for the Olympics.


19 posted on 06/06/2014 10:05:12 AM PDT by discostu (Seriously, do we no longer do "phrasing"?!)
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To: Blood of Tyrants
When the season lasts 8 months, you just might have to play when it is hot.

82 games just seem like a bit much when more than half the teams get into the playoffs anyway. But I'm not a fan of pro basketball so they could play year around in the Mojave Desert for all I care. I heard recently they were slaves anyway.

20 posted on 06/06/2014 10:05:33 AM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: EveningStar

Obviously written by a Miami Heat fan.


21 posted on 06/06/2014 10:06:16 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: EveningStar

The HORROR! No AC! Wah! Wah! Wah! Whatever can we do with no AC! I mean, players got cramps because they were hot! Wah!


22 posted on 06/06/2014 10:07:07 AM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: EveningStar
"It should have never been played..."

...Sobbed Lebron James
 

23 posted on 06/06/2014 10:08:29 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: GSWarrior
Obviously written by a Miami Heat fan.
Remember, basketball ain’t football. Conditions need to be optimum or the outcome is compromised, as was obviously the case last night (and I’m a Nets fan, so don’t bother making me a Heat-homer). Again, the temperature on the court was 90 degrees with no breeze and 19,000 sweaty fans in the stands.

24 posted on 06/06/2014 10:11:13 AM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Responsibility2nd

“It should have never been played...”

...Sobbed Lebron James

Aaaawwww, poor baby, did he have a little sand in his clam...


25 posted on 06/06/2014 10:11:55 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: tflabo

and here comes every woman in America ripping on LeBron about not playing through cramps.


26 posted on 06/06/2014 10:12:53 AM PDT by ameribbean expat
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To: Responsibility2nd

I believe he also whined about Miguel Cabrera making twice as much as him. However Miguel Cabrera plays twice as many games at a rate of 5 or 6 per week.


27 posted on 06/06/2014 10:14:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Jim from C-Town
This is why I hate the Heat.

I hope the Spurs sweep them.

28 posted on 06/06/2014 10:14:21 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: cripplecreek

I think Mr. Ballmer will take care of LeBron’s little “problem.”


29 posted on 06/06/2014 10:15:19 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: areukiddingme1
LBJ is fat and out of shape.

I'm up for giving him one of these the next time he can't make it off the court.


30 posted on 06/06/2014 10:16:44 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: EveningStar

complaining about air conditioning on the 70th anniversary of D-Day....probably not the best timing

31 posted on 06/06/2014 10:17:34 AM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

Amen to that!


32 posted on 06/06/2014 10:18:29 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: dfwgator

You mean the Miami Trayvons?


33 posted on 06/06/2014 10:19:15 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: EveningStar

No one, including LeBron, was complaining about the heat. A bigger question is whether the AC outage was “accidental.” Did the Heat get
Belichick-ed?


34 posted on 06/06/2014 10:22:03 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: EveningStar

I remember game 7 between Lakers and Celtics when the
AC was broken at the Garden. Nobody whined about having
cramps. Robert Parish weighed 11 pounds lighter after the
game. That’s alot of sweat.


35 posted on 06/06/2014 10:22:08 AM PDT by vwbug
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To: dfwgator
OTOH, on Wednesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, the A/C was working so well that there was 2 inches of ice on the floor .....
36 posted on 06/06/2014 10:26:26 AM PDT by mikrofon (Stanley BUMP)
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To: EveningStar
Conditions need to be optimum or the outcome is compromised.

There are college teams that play with no A/C.

The European & other overseas players are used to playing with no A/C.

It wasn't too long ago there were NBA arenas without A/C.

This isn't the first time LeFraud has dealt with cramps late in the season. He needs to prepare better.

37 posted on 06/06/2014 10:28:03 AM PDT by gdani (Every day, your Govt surveils you more than the day before)
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To: GSWarrior

Assume the A/C failure was a devious plot by Popovich.

Who would naturally be affected? 38 year old Tim Duncan and the rest of the old geezers who play for the Spurs.

However, it is well known that LBJ has had heat cramps before in previous games that have taken him out of the game.

So, even if that’s the case, it sux to be him. He is fat and out of shape. Living the South Beach lifestyle does not agree with him. Perhaps he should adopt a South Beach Diet.


38 posted on 06/06/2014 10:28:44 AM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: EveningStar

WOW , The NBA is on TV , who knew


39 posted on 06/06/2014 10:29:17 AM PDT by molson209 (Blank)
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To: Responsibility2nd

Yes, that’s what I call them.


40 posted on 06/06/2014 10:29:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: vwbug

I’ve seen winning drivers in NASCAR who have been unable to stand and go directly to stretchers after races. Ricky Rudd actually needed skin grafts from the burns he got from the seat.

Things are considerably better now but still hot in the cars.


41 posted on 06/06/2014 10:30:14 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: EveningStar

42 posted on 06/06/2014 10:34:54 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: JRios1968

Good one.


43 posted on 06/06/2014 10:36:10 AM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: EveningStar

None of them wearing tactical gear or chem gear and not making the money these cry babies bad boys.


44 posted on 06/06/2014 11:01:00 AM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: Responsibility2nd


"I’m Lebron, baby. I can play on this level. I got game." - Barack Hussein Obama, mmm...mmm...mmm
45 posted on 06/06/2014 11:18:19 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: EveningStar

Awwwwww, poor widdle things. Whatever did mankind do before a/c?!?


46 posted on 06/06/2014 11:44:11 AM PDT by bgill
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