Source: Blazers being prepared for auction.
I agree with every word I hope there is an owner with respect for the fans and arena workers in Portland. So many owners are dumping cities and life long fans for greener pastures and bigger profits.
Normally, this would be a nerve-wracking process for fans, but virtually anything is better than the void of leadership over the last few seasons. Great column.
Can the fans buy the team like the Packers' situation? I've got $500 I'd love to trade for a piece of the team.
How about buy the franchise (a casino consortium: Bally?) and it move to Las Vegas?
Portland does not support police. It welcomes violent protest and homelessness. It cannot prosecute crime cases....Traffic is horrible with commuting tolls on the way. Does that sound like Portland is much of a draw for new owners?
Dear Phil Knight,
I realize an NBA franchise may not be on your wish list to own. However, buying the Trailblazers would be an excellent investment! You would definitely make money owning an NBA franchise, but think about what owning the Blazers would do to growing your & the Nike brand. You could change the name of Moda Center to Nike Arena or Nike Center.
You could build something special in your home town & you would be loved by all Portland fans around the world! I’ll go a step further, you would achieve hero status if you were to become the new owner of the Trailblazers, because avid Blazers fans would be able to stop worrying about an outside owner moving the team. Rip City is your to own! I hope you will come consider this. Thanks.
Blazers Fan since 1975
This end of the season has had the feeling of playing out the string. How many games have the Blazers lost by 30 points? 40? And 50 to Dallas? Really?? I understand injuries and trades, but it feels as if little effort was made to remain competitive, as if the front office bought a roll of stamps and just mailed it in. It was a not-very-funny joke, and I feel sorry for the players and season ticket holders. The players workers hard but never had a chance. Season ticket holders paid for champagne and were given a bucket of warm spit. The Blazers are barely a G League team, yet fans were paying NBA prices.
Ownership should be ashamed at the product the put on the floor. It seems clear they wrote this season off long ago. Portland deserved better.
Proposal: A group of millionaire philanthropists could own the Blazers and funnel profits into virtually eliminating homelessness, not just by providing decent housing (low-rent tiny apartment complexes) but also by founding businesses that would hire people who are at a disadvantage in hiring competitions. Maybe Jody Allen would want to remain at the helm under this noble plan, with shared responsibilities and redirected enthusiasm.
It's about time! 3.5 years and they still aren't on the market (as far as we know). Does it really take an army of probate attorneys that long to figure it out?
It's no coincidence the two Vulcan-owned sports franchises have been in steady decline the past several years. Owning a pro sports team(s) clearly is not Jody Allen's thing. She needs to sell ASAP, not just for the good of the fans, but for her brother's legacy....I can't imagine he'd be happy at all with the current state of the Blazers (or Seahawks).
I wonder why the Tri counties area doesn’t bid on the Blazers. Each tax payer owns part of the team. It works for the GreenBay Packers.
Pray God a new owner emerges, one who understands The Association and cares about the sport. As for Dame: I cannot stop thinking Portland has done with him what the Mariners did with Felix Hernandez in completely wasting the career of a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Makes me sad.
Yes. It is crossroads time. We used to live and die with the team. I was fortunate enough to be in the Coliseum for games three and four of the championship season in '77. Always had a soft spot in my heart (and head) for the Blazers. I really hope they remain an important part of the community.
Please, please, please for the love of god sell the team.