2.23: 1-on-1 with Darren Rovell
CSNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell joins Henry Wofford on Chronicle Live.
-- -- Reporter Darren. Rebel group varsity NBC -- Al's -- stationed up first and business world why joined them. Now from New Jersey Deron always good to see him less. Our money for a moment the NFL NBA and MLB have collective bargaining agreement that expired this year. Tell us what that they get how much could each leave possibly lose four year works. Stoppage. Well obviously in the NFL you have any other league that hasn't I -- work stoppage since 1987. And part of that labor peace has now I turned the NFL into what it is today the number one sport in America. You know there's there's issues from the rookie salary scale. You know Q. The owners trying to take another billion dollars off the table before they share with the players they already have a billion dollars. Listen none of these deals whether it's the NFL or the NBA. And we're told talk about Major League Baseball after the season they're not gonna get done. Until there is some sort of urgency and better as he won't come until were close to a season. That's why you know the collective bargaining agreement expires march 4 the NFL picks -- June 30 and NBA. Those aren't the deadline -- when the next season comes up and people start to hear their jobs that they'll be some buckling in -- really start to talk. Darren you're the only one to get nets owner Mikhail broke brought to sit down in LA over the all star weekend what are your impressions of the Russian billionaire. Was any the second that I richest man in Russia 22 point seven billion dollars. He's extremely smart he has a lot of confidence and I think it's kind of fun that he has. One of the worst -- maybe the best projects and but one of the worst teams in the in the NBA to try to figure out they're gonna move to Brooklyn. Tom and he got Deron Williams today and guy he insists. That in the next. Four seasons the nets are gonna win the title. It's hard to really think that that's possible. But I don't think -- should be doubting a guy who amassed a fortune. Of 22 billion dollars. I agree there. -- does so my next question he didn't get Melo he didn't LeBron but he did get point guard -- loyal from the Jazz today. Financially does this help the nets especially heading to their new arena in Brooklyn. -- -- -- wins I mean you don't necessarily need marketability Carmelo instant marketability. I don't think you know the net -- has been. Up failing so much at the box office that they don't really need anything in terms of they need two wins and I think it Deron Williams can get them to the point where. They can win a couple more games that mean it obviously they're in the hole right now. That's what got -- -- needs over the next. Year and a half from him because they're not even being kind extensions -- guaranteed to get him in Brooklyn. Maybe they can get some not some more ticket sales over the next year and a half and and leading into Brooklyn hope for a little bit more about honeymoon and be a better team but they still have a lot of work to do. To make sure they can compete against the Knicks who hadn't been competing at all the last ten years but all the sudden tonight they are different team. The New York Knicks have been warning that marquee star like Carmelo like. Our red shirt reads zero always busy weekend and I like that I never -- -- Jersey has been fellow wide crater in the this trade a good financial move for New York. Well listen -- the Knicks have a lot of things on the table as far as what they have to consider. They're dealing with -- an 800 million dollar renovation of Madison Square Garden. And -- GO in this at the garden itself. They own and -- network there's a lot more accent besides that -- what that means is your business is not as. It's early to. Team itself but it's also -- stock and -- they spun off last year from key will be in. From looking at the stocky can see -- come back out the TV network that's really the golden prize. Of blood match and square garden of that asset so. If -- Knicks get better you can sell commercials for more money. Then you're going to be in good shape into that's what it's about. But again they -- they are against. The high cost them a renovation. Trying to make it more appealing. I don't know how much people wanna renovation that they look out on the court and it's an abysmal product so they need to make some sort of move with -- all they have at stake. Darren let's move closer to home the Giants won -- World Series last year were still celebrating out here. How long can they reap the rewards of their success from last season. Long time and you talk about stadiums obviously that was privately financed Larry -- see all the Giants an incredible job there. And and I understand their season tickets here. Up around 5000. -- having to about 2526000. Which is incredible. Given. You know the ballparks. It's it's not I think it's what 44000 herself. And and and we know the honeymoon that that the Giants had for so many years. You know when it first it was built. They they can reap more reward for a long time and and and part of that at least from an attendance and ticket standpoint is -- fact that they they built. The ballpark -- oval right size to the big you have this artificial demand where you know they're not the stadium of 50000. And and they were one of the first to say we don't need 50000 fans. We wanna have that scarcity and I think that breeds. Sellout crowds and people wanted to go to the game even more when they hear it sold out. You know we're here in Napa Sacramento Kings might -- don't want to Anaheim how what that impacts that -- -- and youth. Things Sacramento could bounce back put another professional team in the near future. Well I think they -- LA teams would have something to say about that in terms of the close proximity. That Anaheim would be. This is probably the biggest threat to move out as everyone is now in the kings for a long time in the polluted and trying to get. Something better than Arco I guess now in a couple weeks power balance Serena. But but a threat is is I and I think that the cancer may be -- to. Get some public financing -- though Sacramento -- did in his heart as Minnesota. And some of the other cities around the country in terms of getting people it to build -- Millionaires and billionaires so I have this is a real threat. Again it's like the labor negotiations. May be -- Indy in the final hour that's when when Sacramento might pull it out ultimately can't give them the such a sweetheart deal that it's not worth it. But a lot of people always come in and say Sacramento without the NBA. Without a pro sports team is. He doesn't have the same appeal to Sacramento has now and and that's always be the argument and it's not necessarily your return on investment it's good. It's a feeling about the city and obviously the NBA team goes Sacramento is no longer a major League City it's it's all about the river cats. Darren you do as soon as a little bit maybe you can elaborate king's movement is not as he did that sounds. Know what type of obstacles could they face from other teams in that market like the Lakers and the Clippers. Yeah I mean obviously there's there there's an area where. He owed. The owners of those teams of both Donald Sterling Jerry Buss. You know indeed they believe that there -- some territorial rights that they have. And I I think that you could expect that they would put up a fight there. And and and that's obviously not gonna be convenient to any type of threat. I'm moving. You know the situation in Anaheim is unique. -- -- A place to play temporarily obviously. And that that means that the threat is probably that much more real verses going to a city where. There's not really a facility and they and they're gonna build it. When you magnified -- Bay Area and -- taken a great close look at it is this still a good market financially for sports and where does it rank. Oh yeah absolutely I mean look at the fact who what the Warriors got. You know Joe Laker bend and Peter -- paying 450 million dollars for the Warriors. A team that you know obviously has some fan base has been not all that successful. And get that type of price that just goes to show you -- Owners wanna compete in that market it's still Silicon Valley. Despite the economy there's still a lot of money they -- there's companies there there is you know a lot of well heeled people. And and Larry Ellison lost out so. You know I I I think it is still a good place I think like most markets. I you you knew you need to win you know the fact that you could have a big city derby by big city. Does doesn't necessarily matter. You know and -- NFL you can ride it out a little bit more but it's ultimately about winning and losing. And you know -- teams do well I got a chance to have a good business. And there and I can talk to you all day man doctors and -- Yeah no problem answer -- just one more do you mind doing my taxes warming this year. Yeah I -- now I -- here telling you Mike Cook you don't want that brought. I know much about money and ended deftly handled -- -- expected to read news so what do do a great job and -- once UNC. And BC I appreciate your help got it.