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If you’ve ever heard and believed the National Basketball Association slogan, “NBA Cares,” it’s time to think again. Today, ask yourself this: “Exactly what does the NBA care about?”
It certainly isn’t the National Basketball Retired Players Association, a collection of more than 700 men upon whose backs the league built itself into a multi-billion dollar empire. If this statement makes you curious, here’s a few facts:
Did you know the NBA only gives the NBRPA a grand total of $1 million dollars annually in assistance?
Now, subtract from that million dollars about $250,000 for the NBRPA’s staff, plus nearly $7,000 each month to rent and maintain a New York office.
Subtract the cost of an annual reunion for the retired stars.
Subtract $75,000 for educational scholarships the foundation bequeaths annually to former players and their families.
Subtract payments doled out to players of yesteryear in medical hardship situations.
Now, what do you have? Nothing.
Countdown Apparel contacted the NBA before the start of the Finals with an offer to create products that would give the NBA a new revenue stream that could potentially provide millions of dollars for their retired players. While it is understandable that such decisions take time, what is unacceptable is the fact there was no answer at all.