It seems like the Cavaliers are doing everything in their power to make sure their fans stay active with the franchise during the lockout. Dan Gilbert cannot drop the ball at this crucial time in the Cavaliers’ history. Not to say that it is more important than when league business is reinstated. However, it is vital that the franchise keeps their fans engaged even at a point where there are no moves being made.
How are they managing to do this?
As reported by a Yahoo! Sports article, there are three ways. The first is holding auditions for a scream team. Assuming that the point is to inject power and belief into crowds through the rebuilding period of the Cleveland basketball team, the Cavaliers are looking for people with personality, crowd appeal and talent. It is a great idea to be quite frank. Fans always thrive on opportunities to feel as if they are a part of the team, whether it is through shaking hands with their favorite players or using their proud voices to throw off an opponent’s free throw shots.
The next option is to be a Cavs judge. Nothing like an American Idol golden seat, the fans would be voting for any of the 31 finalists for the Cavalier Girl Dance Team. There is also a contest attached to the voting, which is a prize for seats to a home game and a meet and greet with the Cavalier Girls. It may not seem as enticing as a meet and greet with the men vying for a playoff spot, but then again something is better than nothing.
The last way for fans to keep in constant connection with their home team is by naming Cleveland’s new D-League team. If you remember, the squad was acquired within the last two months and has yet to be named. Idea submissions are welcomed as the franchise attempts to structure their organization’s newest addition.
None of these make up for the fact that we will probably be missing more than a hefty piece of the decision as talks have just recently resumed. With the owners having no leverage against the union, but having the most to lose, neither side is ready or willing to compromise. While Derek Fisher does not want to be treated like a football player, he, as the president of the union, must understand that there has to be space given from each side to come to a decision.
A Collective Bargaining Agreement where both sides are left pouting is usually the fairest.