Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Doesn't the NBA care about the kids?
By David Schoenfield
There are three things sportswriters love to complain about above all else:
1. How LeBron James screwed over Cleveland.
2. Cities without a Marriott hotel close to the ballpark or arena.
3. World Series start times.
The popular refrain goes something like this: Doesn't baseball care about the children? My kids will grow up without ever seeing the end of a World Series game! Baseball is going to die if they don't start the games earlier!
Last year's World Series games all started at 8:05 p.m. ET. All the games did last at least three hours, so none of the games ended before 11 p.m. ET.
So while the national media blasts baseball every year, shouldn't it be blasting the NBA as well? Because the NBA Finals games don't begin until 9 p.m. ET.
And before you say "But NBA games only last two hours" ... stop, because you're wrong. Each of last year's Finals games between the Mavericks and Heat lasted at least 2 hours, 35 minutes. Which means the earliest finish would be 11:35 p.m. ET. Four of last year's World Series games ended before then and a fifth ended at 11:36, earlier than five of the six NBA games.
All I can say: It's a shame that so many kids will miss LeBron and Kevin Durant going at it in the fourth quarter. I'm pretty sure this means the kids will all be playing lacrosse in a few years.