Those declining NFL TV ratings last season are apparently still being felt this year, as a recent report indicates advance TV commercial sales for the 2017 season may be the worst they’ve been since 2008.
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Womens D. J. Swearinger Jersey Ad Age reports that several other factors may also be at play in the weak advance market. Some traditional advertisers have slashed their budget, and others are eyeing cuts. For example, Yahoo Sports reports that both Viagra and Cialis will end their advertising in NFL games this year (both erectile-dysfunction drugs lose their patent exclusivity protection in 2017).
One of the 14 teams to pass on the Greek Freak was the Mavericks. Considering the fact Dallas hasn’t won a playoff series since winning the NBA Finals in 2011, the Greek Freak could very well have had them in a better spot over those years. Especially this past season where they finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs altogether.
It’s a tough pill to swallow for any team that passed on Antetokounmpo but it’s even more difficult to swallow for owner Mark Cuban, who said on Sirius XM NBA radio Wednesday it was his decision to pass on him.
It was me, Cuban said. Donnie [Nelson] was like, ‘OK, I’m putting my you-know-whats on the table.’ He was doing the Sam Cassell, Nick Van Exel dance. … It’s all in. And I’m like, ‘Donnie, we have this plan.’ Because even as good as the Greek Freak has turned out to be, he was still three years away, and we wanted to try to get somebody who could help get us to the top right there and then. Didn’t turn out that way, it is what it is, that happens.
The Bucks of course drafted Antetokounmpo with the 15th pick and the rest is history. This past season he was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive and All-NBA team and was named the league’s most improved player scoring 22.9 points, grabbing 8.8 rebounds and tallying 5.4 assists per game.