Paul Allen Rumors
How would you describe the job Stotts has done? Paul Allen: “I think he’s done an excellent job. I think it’s pretty unique to see a coach adjust to the talent he has and maximize the abilities of the players he has and help them keep growing. You have to realize, we’re a very, very young team. I was kidding Neil earlier, I said, ‘Well, there’s other teams that seem to try to perfect the art of using older players to their maximum, whereas our approach is to bring in young talent, in some cases unproven talent, and try to take that talent to another level.’ And I think you saw that in terms of player development last year. So both in terms of development and execution, obviously, and making it out of the first round last year and giving Golden State a real run for their money, that was all extremely encouraging.”
What’s your opinion about the advertising patches that are going to be added to the uniforms next year? Paul Allen: “I’m a member of the committee that reviewed those things for the league. I think that additional revenue makes the league healthier. So the challenge for us, depending on the size of the market, is to sell those patches to somebody that’s going to also well represent the team and those sorts of things. So I think you’ll see that evolve over the next few years. You already see it in other sports, whether it’s soccer or basketball in other places. So I think we’ll all get very used to it quickly.” You don’t think it’ll be weird to see an ad on a Blazers jersey? Paul Allen: “Well it’s definitely going to be a change. But, again, I think additional revenues help teams and so we’ll all get used to it in the end.”
The team has agreed a four-year contract extension with CSN Northwest to continue its longstanding, if controversial, broadcast partnership. CSN, which originally signed a 10-year deal in 2007, now owns the rights to broadcast Blazers games through the 2020-21 NBA season.
The agreement, which will no doubt rankle Blazers fans with satellite television subscriptions, ends months of negotiations and internal organizational debate about the direction the team should take regarding the future of its game broadcasts. Blazers President Chris McGowan and his executive team spent months exploring a wide range of broadcast possibilities with the goal of finding a provider that would deliver games to the widest possible audience.