I'm not great with financial disputes and history so bear that in mind when I ask these questions and type these thoughts:
1) Do only the 4 ex-ABA teams pay the Silnas or does the league itself pay them?
2) Did the teams that agreed to the merger break some kind of clause that forbade them from separation from the ABA?
But Michael Goldberg, the A.B.A.’s former general counsel, recalled in a recent interview that the four teams were desperate to get into the N.B.A. and willing to satisfy the Silnas.
“Schupak said they’d take TV rights in perpetuity as a kind of Hail Mary to get money down the road,” he said. “What was missing was someone saying, ‘Thirty years, 50 years, or until something happens, and it’s over.’ ”
Wait, so the 4 team owners never specified a date when the payments would end? Even Isiah Thomas wouldn't make a move like that.
4) Are the Silnas family the reason why none of those four teams is popular? I'd like to see the average games aired nationally for each team. I bet Stern purposely left these teams out as much as possible to avoid paying the Silnas even more.
5) Why are the Silnas still so butthurt? (Ok that's not a serious question)