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NBA Expansion: 5 Ways That it Would Hurt the League

5 Ways Expansion Would Hurt NBA

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It's recently become news that the NBA has had discussions behind closed doors concerning expansion, particularly to Louisville and Seattle. While the idea is a popular one — especially regarding Seattle, a city that had the SuperSonics wrongly ripped away — expansion would only hurt the league. Here are 5 ways that it would do so.

5. Re-Shuffling Divisions and Conferences

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5. Re-Shuffling Divisions and Conferences

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Keep in mind that any expansion occurring wouldn't necessarily be to only one or both of Louisville and/or Seattle. Accordingly, NBA expansion almost surely carries with it a re-shuffling of the divisions and conferences from what they are now. Rivalries and intra-division battles would be changed up, which generally isn't very popular among fans.

4. The Danger of Fans Giving Up

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4. The Danger of Fans Giving Up

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It's hard enough to convince yourself that your favorite team has a legitimate chance of winning a championship one day in the absurdly top-heavy 30-team NBA. Adding even more franchises into the mix makes that even more difficult, and could potentially alienate fans who have grown frustrated watching the same old group of teams contend every single year.

3. Spreading Revenue Sharing Thinner

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3. Spreading Revenue Sharing Thinner

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The NBA is in a golden age, raking in enormous profits and boasting a healthy and strong revenue sharing system that significantly aids a number of teams on the lower end of things. It's hard to say exactly where any new teams would fall on the financial spectrum, but it's very conceivable that they could just end up eating away some of the cash that other teams would have stood to make had expansion not occurred.

2. Talent Dilution

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2. Talent Dilution

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Talent dilution is one of the biggest worries tied to expansion in any sport, and it's probably the most problematic in the NBA. The top five or six teams are the only ones that have a real chance at a title in any given year, and tossing more teams into the league will only make the talent distribution problem more severe.

1. The Worry of the NBA "Farm Team"

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1. The Worry of the NBA "Farm Team"

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As alluded to, expansion would only exacerbate the talent disparities across NBA teams. The more that this occurs, the more the league would need to worry about the creation of what would essentially be farm teams: organizations whose sole purpose in the league would be developing young talent who would ultimately defect to the talent-laden, contending franchises.

Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.