Does a Proposed White-Only Basketball League Have Any Chance of Happening?
I have no doubts that should the All-American Basketball Association actually become a reality, Notre Dame grad Kyle McAlarney will be the first signee.
McAlarney, of course, famously asserted on Outside the Lines that the NBA is racist against white players because, he believes, he didn't get a fair chance in training camp with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Not sure if Don "Moose" Lewis was channeling McAlarney's thoughts when he decided to go ahead with his latest venture, but the commissioner of the All-American Basketball Association says the league will be for white, American-born players only. Why? He thinks more white players = a better product on the floor.
Lewis said he wants to emphasize fundamental basketball instead of "street-ball" played by "people of color." He pointed out recent incidents in the NBA, including Gilbert Arenas' indefinite suspension after bringing guns into the Washington Wizards locker room, as examples of fans' dissatisfaction with the way current professional sports are run.
"Would you want to go to the game and worry about a player flipping you off or attacking you in the stands or grabbing their crotch?" he said. "That's the culture today, and in a free country we should have the right to move ourselves in a better direction."
I'm not sure where this crotch grabbing league is, but sign me up for that.
For many, many reasons, this league has very little chance of ever starting. Let's just try and list a few:
- What business would want to advertise with or sponsor such a league? These are important revenue sources for any pro sport. You aren't going to make money by just filling the seats with these gentlemen.
- Most professional athletes want to the chance to play at the highest level possible. Would a league that excludes some of the best athletes in the world really have that guarantee?
- Who would watch? Nothing gets a crowd excited like a two-handed set shot from the perimeter. And firm bounce passes. And the three man weave.
- What cities would openly welcome a white-only franchise? I would guess not many.
The press release that Mr. Moose circulated certainly got him some traction on blogs and in the media the last 24 hours, but other than one man's dream for the return of short shorts, there doesn't seem to be much pragmatism behind this plan.