NBA Players Association leader Tamika Tremaglio prefers expansion; Las Vegas and Seattle are the best options
Tamika Tremaglio, executive director of the National Basketball Players Association, said she favors expanding the NBA beyond the league’s current 30 teams. His comments came on Tuesday during SportTechie’s State Of the Industry Conference at One World Trade Center in New York.
“We want more teams, I think it’s good for the business,” Tremaglio said during his opening speech with SBJ editor Abraham Madkour. “Ideally, we hope there will be more teams appearing in the WE’‘
Las Vegas is a potential NBA expansion city given Oak View Group’s plan to build and complete 20,000-seat arena by 2026. “If they [the NBA] committed to Vegas at some point in the future, this building will be built to be spectacular for the NBA” CEO of OVG Tim Leiweke told the Las Vegas Review-Journal in March. “Not just in the way he operatesmeeting and exceeding all of their standards, but in a cost-effective way it could generate revenue for an NBA team.’‘
Seattle, home of the NBA SuperSonics from 1967 to 2008, is another city said to be at the forefront of expansion. Mayor of Seattle Bruce Harrel said in March “chances are high” of an NBA team return Towards the city.
Tremaglio has led the NBPA since January. The NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement covers the 2023-24 season, although the league and union have opt-out clauses after the 2022-23 season. Tremaglio said Tuesday that it “absolutely does not anticipate” either party will exercise that opt-out. She also acknowledged some “privacy issues” As it concerns player tracking data collected through wearable devices or the league’s Second Spectrum optical camera system.
“It is something that is used so that [players] can to focus on their skills, recognize when they are exhausted and when they can do things better,” said Tremaglio. “But there are still privacy issues. We to have to look what this will mean in the future. It’s definitely something we’re exploring.