Have you had many talks with Tilman Fertitta? Daryl Morey: “Oh yeah. I’ve really enjoyed working with him so far. He’s not the official owner yet, but that will be not too long. He’s going to be great for the city of Houston. I really think people will be extremely happy with him as an owner.”
FC Dallas has nine homegrown players on its roster, including Jesus Ferreira, a 16-year-old who recently became the second-youngest player in MLS history to score a goal. Its academy is the envy of every MLS club. And it might be coming to the NBA. “I think [FC Dallas] is doing it right. That is our future. We have to get AAU out of the mix,” Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told me over email.
If Cuban has his way, NBA teams will soon be setting up the same infrastructure in the States. He is looking for a location in the Dallas area to set up a campus. “I have been pushing for it for 10 years, but the NBA hadn’t come around to it yet,” Cuban said. “The idea is to get kids and families excited about basketball and the Mavs, and to help kids of all skill levels get better training without some of the extraneous interference.”
Despite a flood of new national television cash, 14 of the NBA’s 30 teams lost money last season before collecting revenue-sharing payouts, and nine finished in the red even after accounting for those payments, according to confidential NBA financial records obtained by ESPN.com. The gap between the league’s most profitable teams and its weaker siblings will be addressed at the league’s Board of Governors meeting on Sept. 27-28 in New York. Owners have planned a half-day review of the league’s revenue-sharing system, sources said.
According to this argument, the Lakers are a cash machine but need to play teams like the Grizzlies to keep the money rolling in, while revenue sharing helps the Grizzlies stay afloat. Still, some teams have bristled about the current scale of monetary redistribution. “The need for revenue sharing was supposed to be for special circumstances,” one large-market owner told ESPN.com, “not permanent subsidies.”