5. The college game is more entertaining. The teamwork and hustle are a joy to watch. The game-day atmosphere is electric and genuine (as opposed to the NBA's artificial piped in noise and pyrotechnics).
4. The NBA's regular season is a stale product. A reader named "Jo To" put it best on a recent post: "As an avid Nuggets fan, I have to say ... I'm not all finding myself missing the NBA product. Who really wants to watch a bunch of grown men not play for 3 and 1/2 quarters every game for 82 games? I don't miss it one bit."
3. Lack of parity. In the last 25 years, only eight NBA teams have won a title. Of the remaining teams, most have never really contended for a title. It's hard to get excited for a league dominated by just a few teams.
2. Image problem. From LeBron James' announcement that he was taking his talents to South Beach, to officials coddling superstars, to Carmelo Anthony's quest to leave Denver for the bling and glamour of New York, NBA players have never been more detached from the public than they are now.
1. Money. The average annual salary for an NBA player is $5 million. In these tough times, with 9 percent unemployment nationwide and little spare money in their pockets, fans look at the NBA in particular, and professional athletes in general, with growing disdain. (Source)
If the NBA makes itself irrelevant, it can be a long and bumpy road trying to earn relevance back!
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