As reported last Tuesday, San Antonio Spurs’ Gary Neal is set to participate in the Goodman League vs. Drew League game that will feature several NBA stars. The game is set to be played on August 20 and basketball fans around the nation should be flocking to Washington D.C.
However, according to Sam Amick, there are some issues that needs to be ironed out first in order for the players and organizers of the event to give NBA fans a rare summer spectacle.
Drew League commissioner Dino Smiley said he is still “99.9 percent sure [the game in Washington, D.C., will happen] unless some hiccups pop up,” but there remains work to be done to finalize a showdown involving several NBA players.
- While Smiley had said previously that ESPN was interested in showing the game, he is now in discussions with the online broadcasting site Ustream about airing the game for $6.95 per viewer. He also is still seeking more sponsors to help cover costs of flying and housing the players.
- The game has presented obstacles for the players, too. While Drew and Goodman are both free for fans on a normal weekend, this will be a paid exhibition (tickets range from $25 to $60). As such, one involved agent said the players’ respective contracts aren’t covered by their “For Love of the Game” clause with their NBA teams and a separate insurance policy will be needed in order for them to play.
With the NBA lockout still in effect, these kind of games should be a good alternative for the Summer League. Let’s hope that all the hurdles will be cleared and this summer event takes place to keep hardcore hoops fans happy.