Petition Tag - basketball

31. Jazz Fans For Giving New Orleans Its Team Back

In 1974, the Jazz franchise began in New Orleans as the 18th team to enter the NBA. The team's first major move was to trade for star player Pete Maravich (who had played collegiately at LSU) from the Atlanta Hawks for two first-round draft picks, three second-round picks, and one third-round pick over the next three years.

Although he was considered one of the most entertaining players in the league and won the scoring championship in 1977 with 31.1 points per game, the Jazz's best record while in New Orleans was 39–43 in the 1977–78 season. Maravich struggled with knee injuries from that season onward.

Venue issues were a continual problem for the team while in New Orleans. In the Jazz's first season, they played in the Loyola University Fieldhouse, where the basketball court was raised so high that the players' association made the team put a net around the court so that players wouldn't fall off of the court and into the stands. Later, they played games in the Louisiana Superdome, but things were no better due to high demand for the stadium, onerous lease terms and Maravich's constant knee problems. They also faced the prospect of spending a whole month on the road each year due to Mardi Gras festivities. Years later, founding owner Sam Battisone claimed that there was no contingency plan in case the Jazz ever made the playoffs. However, the Superdome's manager at the time, Bill Curl, said that the stadium's management always submitted a list of potential playoff dates to the Jazz management, but these letters were never answered.

After what turned out to be their final season in New Orleans, they were dealt a further humiliation when the Los Angeles Lakers selected Magic Johnson with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. The pick would have been the Jazz's had they not traded it to acquire Gail Goodrich two years earlier. Also, the Jazz had given up the rights to Moses Malone in order to regain one of the three first-round picks used for the Goodrich trade.

Moving to Utah

Despite being barely competitive, the Jazz drew crowds during their first five years. However, by 1979 the franchise was sinking financially. Barry Mendelson, the team's executive vice president for most of the early years, said one factor in the financial trouble was an 11 percent amusement tax, highest in the nation at the time. The team also couldn't attract much local corporate support—an important factor even in those days—or local investors.

Battisone concluded that the franchise could not be viable in New Orleans and decided to move elsewhere. After scouting several new homes, he decided to move to Salt Lake City, even though it was a smaller market. However, Salt Lake City had proven it could support a pro basketball team when it played host to the American Basketball Association's Utah Stars from 1970 to 1976. The Stars had been extremely popular in the city and had even won an ABA title in their first season after moving from Los Angeles. However, their finances inexplicably collapsed in their last two seasons, and they were shut down by the league 16 games into the 1975-76 season after missing payroll. Although Salt Lake City was not known for its jazz culture, the team decided to keep the name, as well as the team's original colors of green, purple and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras).

New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans owner Tom Benson had indicated early in his ownership that he wished to change the team's name to something more local, with his preference being a return of the name "Jazz" to the city. However, Utah indicated they had no interest in returning the name due to over 25 years of history associated with it, including two finals appearances. On December 4, 2012, it was reported that the Hornets will be changing their name to the New Orleans Pelicans beginning with the 2013-2014 season, after Louisiana's state bird, the Brown Pelican. These reports were officially confirmed on January 24, 2013, when the Hornets officially announced said name change and unveiled accompanying logos and a blue, gold and red color scheme.

32. Get a Rec-center for Ruleville

I think people would enjoy having a rec-center to get in shape and have fun. A lot of people like to play basketball here it is some people's life, but there is no public place to play.

That's why we should have one.


Petition ADIDAS to re release the EQT elevation shoe. The Kobe slam dunk contest shoe.

By far the most comfortable sneaker I have ever worn.

34. In Support of Glamorgan Primary School continuing to provide sports uniforms for students

The Glamorgan Board of Trustees has stated :

- that it is not an option for them to replace the current sports uniforms due to the cost;

- that from 2013 all students who represent the school in a sports team will need to purchase their own uniform.

The cost of these uniforms indicated by the Board of Trustees in the quarterly newsletter on November 2012 will range from $85 - $95, but these costs are indicative and have not been confirmed.

We believe that there are alternative ways to fund a 'set' of school uniforms. For example, fundraising, applying for grants, sponsorships etc. There are parents who are willing to assist in these processes.
Parents would also be willing to pay a 'rental' fee for uniforms which would recoup the cost of the uniforms over a few years.

Many families in Torbay are struggling financially. Currently registering for sports teams is a large expense especially when there is more than one child attending the school. Netball in particular has raised the cost of registering significantly. This could ultimately determine whether or not a child would sign up for a sport.

35. No Advertisements on NBA Uniforms!

The NBA is set to cash in on the opportunity to place advertisements on the jerseys of NBA players, what does this mean for the fans?

Will we accept that the NBA is at its core a medium to rake in profit? Shouldn't WE stand firm with the tradition and history the jerseys represent?

The current size proposed is 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch, but what restricts the NBA from allowing an even larger percentage of the jersey to be covered. Keep the jerseys clean and respectful!

36. Stop Bad NBA Officiating OR We Stop Watching

Fact the Miami Heat was overall number #1 in FTM +65 the opponent most close to this number was Memphis Grizzlies FTM +34.

Fact the Miami Heat was overall number #1 in FTA +102 the opponent most close to this number was Philadelphia Sixers FTA +53

Fact the Miami Heat had a total of 12 technical fouls in the playoffs, their opponents Knicks had 12 techs, boston 22 techs, OKC 18 techs. How could the most complaining team in the league have less techs compared to 2 of the best discipline teams?

Horrible officiating in every series verses the Miami Heat, starting with the Knicks (notable call- Game 1 Tyson Chandler Flagrant 2 call) (after Mike Bibby lost his shoe from grabbing an rebound Dwayne Wade toss his shoe on the sideline, no technical unsportsmanship), Pacer Series (Dwayne Wade out of frustration leveled Collinson to stop a fast break lap up, this was called Flagrant 1, but should of been called Flagrant 2 resulting in ejection. It look pretty excessive to the world);

Haslem flagrant foul against hansbrough. How was that not an flagrant 2 during game time and not an 3 game suspension? Haslem was obvious trying to hurt him. If that was World Peace multiple game suspension automatically, Boston series (The obvious missed foul on Rondo going for the layup that would put him to the line to tie or take the lead instead Miami comes down increase their lead to 3 points and go on a run to win the game) (Paul Peirce fouling out after Dwayne Wade goes up in mid air turning his back into Peirce to create the foul, At very least should of been a non call, note Wade gets away with this move alot) (Wade goes up for a lay up against Kevin Garnett, but kicks his leg out to avoid the block. Wade made the shot and got fouled 3 point play. No offensive foul on Wade?

Offensive foul on Kevin Garnett setting the screen at the top of the 3 point line "Are You Kidding me" Note Boston had 13 technical fouls in that series. The Referees seemed to favor Heat even more in the Finals too against the Thunder (Lebron James obviously fouled Kevin Durant and then fouled Westbrook trying to get the rebound) How can the Miami coach come out on the middle of the floor while the game is being played to distract Westbrook jump shot? No technical foul for his unsportmanship tatics? (Head coach Scott Brooks who rarely shows frustration when he really should and instructs his team during press conference to not bad mouth the officiating even though it was poor, gets an technical foul for arguing a call. That is then over tuned, so he was right and still gets a technical) Game 3 finals Haslem goes clearly over the back of Ibaka with aggression knocks him down on his back, no call just out of bounds on Heat).

And how about that Fisher foul running over Lebron? This has to stop!! You can make a strong argument that there were so many bad and missed called that favored the Heat and played an huge part on their advancement in each series, that they should of not had made it to the finals at all.

You can ask many and some would say elimination for the Heat should of came in the Pacers series and most definitely in the Boston series.

37. Preserve and Strengthen Kennedy Catholic Boys Basketball Program

The Kennedy Catholic Boys basketball students and parents are objecting to the abrupt firing of Coach Frank Kelly from the boys Head Varsity Basketball Program.

Coach Kelly has dedicated himself to building a strong basketball program at Kennedy, and many students have chosen to attend Kennedy based on his commitment and philosophy. He has dedicated himself to this program throughout the year, and has made extreme sacrifices both financially and physically by taking away time from his family and business.

He has taught the students more than just basketball concepts, but also how to be good citizens with strong values and morals. In conjunction with Coach Kelly's termination, the residing Varsity Girls Basketball Coach has informed a number of people that the school will be announcing him as the new Varsity Boys Basketball Coach.

Many parents and players are extremely distressed by the lack of regard in the way this whole situation is being handled. There is no doubt that some are planning to transfer out, and some incoming Freshman are considering other options. Each of the parents of the students that participate in the Basketball Program selected Kennedy based on its' values and beliefs.

The School Administration and Board of Directors are accountable to the students and parents, and are obligated to demonstrate their values day in and day out, and continue to serve as role models for the students.

38. Bring Back Fish

Derrick Fisher has played for the Lakers for the last 13 years of his 15 Year Career! Playing almost 900 Games with the Lakers which were almost all starting positions; ending his Laker career with an averaging 9.76 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2 steals per game, and 3.22 assists.

Derek is clearly an amazing player not to mention all of his AMAZING 3 point shots. Derrick Has been one of the best players the Lakers have had in years!

39. Do not schedule Missouri

Summary - We the undersigned are adamantly opposed to the University of Kansas (KU) scheduling any future athletic contests against any Big 12 Conference member that has chosen to leave.

This includes the recently departed Universities of Nebraska-Lincoln (NU) and Colorado-Boulder (CU), Texas A&M University-College Station (A&M), and most especially the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU), since it is the only departing school that has actively and publicly clamored for a continuation of athletic competition with KU.

Explanation - The departures of all of these schools hurt the future prospects of the Big 12 and its remaining members. MU’s decision to leave was particularly disruptive, coming after 8 of the remaining 9 teams had pledged to go forward, and raised conference viability concerns to a new high. At that time, many MU supporters and fans publicly exhibited glee at the fact that KU was left to twist in the wind regarding its future conference affiliation. The decision by MU and A&M to leave created significant contractual problems for the B12, given its multimillion dollar media contracts. Fortunately, the Big 12’s addition of Texas Christian University (TCU) and West Virginia University (WVU) in the summer of 2012 will enable it to meet its contractual obligations for the near future.

In the process of deciding to move to the SEC, MU repeatedly has cited its decision to leave the Big 12 as being the best business decision for the university as a whole, and especially its athletics department and student athletes. It has also repeatedly stressed to KU and to the public that it wishes to continue to play KU in the future. We find this to be totally unacceptable for the following reasons:

1. With MU finally breaking conference ranks with KU after contemplating such a move on a recurring basis over the last twenty years, there is no requirement or need for KU to play them anymore. While there may be a small minority of KU alumni and fans who would like to see the competition continued on the basis of tradition, many of us find that the bitterness between the fan bases of both schools has rendered it less palatable, and we have no desire to continue it just for the sake of tradition.

2. In the same vein as MU's argument for leaving the Big 12, there are no solid business (financial, market share, or brand influence) reasons for KU to continue to schedule MU. Indeed, analysis reveals that all of the business benefits for continuing the series would accrue to MU; we therefore believe that it simply is not a good business decision for KU to continue to schedule MU.

a. Advantages for MU. MU would succeed in averting blame for its having brought the rivalry to an end. MU would retain greater influence and interest in the Kansas City (KC) Metro area, as well as western Missouri, than it would have without its ties to KU. Moreover, MU wouldn’t have to worry as much about its decision to leave the Big 12 being blamed for adversely affecting KC sports economics.

b. Disadvantages for KU. KU has 9 football games to play each year in what is arguably at least the second best, if not the best, football conference in the nation. The 3 non-conference game openings will need to be planned to maximize their benefits to KU. With respect to men’s basketball, playing a program of KU’s elite stature would give MU non-conference appearances in prime time slots on national television that it would not otherwise get. KU can do much better with the networks by scheduling non-conference games against top flight national brands with far more impressive winning traditions and greater national market interest.

3. MU's actions significantly contributed to destabilizing the Big 12. If the conference had failed, at a minimum KU, Kansas State University, Iowa State University and Baylor University all faced uncertain conference affiliation futures and the possibility of significant financial hardships from its collapse.

With MU's decision to leave the conference, it has chosen to walk away from one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports, one that began even before KU and MU first became conference partners in 1907. The football rivalry, begun in 1891 and played 120 times to within 1 or 2 games of an all-time draw (depending on whether KU and the NCAA or MU is counting), is the oldest west of the Mississippi. Despite this longstanding tradition, it was MU that chose to abruptly end it by leaving the Big 12.

As alumni and fans, we enthusiastically endorse KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger, Men's Basketball Head Coach Bill Self, new Football Head Coach Charlie Weis, and all other KU Athletics Head Coaches in taking a firm stand against not scheduling MU for any future games in any KU sports. Their position refuses to reward MU for its damaging behavior, conference disloyalty, and woeful disregard for the tradition-rich rivalry.

Members of the national and local media, with the active encouragement of MU, have recently begun to bring public pressure to bear on KU to continue the rivalry. Many of them are not fully aware of the reasons for KU's position, and many mistakenly believe that most KU fans want the rivalry to continue. Nothing could be further from the truth, as attested to by an ongoing Lawrence Journal World poll that as of February 11, 2012 shows roughly 80% of respondents are against continuing the men's basketball rivalry.

Our names below attest to the fact that we do not want the rivalry to continue, so long as KU and MU are not members of the same conference, and we want you to be secure in the knowledge that we support KU taking its firm and principled position.

40. Get the NBL coverage LIVE on ONE HD

ONE HD has been broadcasting NBL games after low-rating shows like COPS and FEAR FACTOR. The NBL should be shown live!

41. SUPPORT Bahrain's Athletes

On February 14th, the youth of Bahrain started a peaceful movement demanding constitutional reform & more participation in the running of the country’s affairs under the umbrella of a constitutional monarchy.

However, over the span of one month, this movement was faced with a brutal crackdown by the Bahrain regime, culminating into a full-blown attack by the Bahrain police, army and national guard aided by the GCC joint forces led by Saudi Arabia, on the very basic human rights of the people of Bahrain. This led to over two dozen deaths, hundreds injured, over six hundred detainees, over one thousand job dismissals, the demolishing of places of worship and the prevention of religious practices; in what is a clear “sectarian cleansing” process against a majority sect in the country. All this has been in an effort to silence any further dissent.

During this movement, and as an integral part of the society, the athletes in the country also organized a rally in support of these demands for reform. The Bahrain regime replied to this rally by indefinitely suspending and banning around 200 athletes from any local, regional or international play on charges of “supporting the popular revolution in the country”, according to a government official. The regime went further to arrest about 10 athletes incommunicado, along with several staff members of the Bahrain International Circuit from their workplace.

It is important to note that these athletes include regionally and internationally renowned ones, including but not limited to:

• A’ala Hubail (arrested footballer); the 2004 Asian Cup Golden Boot winner, helping Bahrain in the process to reach its first semi-final round at the regional stage. He is also a trained paramedic and EMT who was also acting as a volunteer nurse treating the injured during the brutal crackdown of protesters. His brother, Mohammed (another National team player), has also been arrested.

• Jafar Abdulqader (arrested handball player); also a national handball team player, helping Bahrain reach its first ever Handball World Cup participation in 2011. Other players from that national team have been arrested and suspended.

• Tariq Al Farsani (arrested bodybuilder); an Asian Bodybuilding Champion.

The list extends to many other sports, and the Bahrain Football, Handball, Volleyball and Basketball Federations, along with the Bahrain Olympic Committee, have all backed this decision.

42. Petition For New Sports Complex in City of Yarra Melbourne

The aim of our campaign is to convince the State and Federal Government to help fund and build a new sporting facility in the City of Yarra. The facility will cater to various sports including Basketball, Netball, Futsal, Indoor Cricket.

Accessible to a wide ranging socio economic spectrum, the complex will provide a centralised sporting infrastructure in the area that will service the City of Yarra’s needs, and put it in line with other municipalities.

The campaign aims to have the facility become a sporting and social hub to develop stronger community ties and promote health and fitness as a lifestyle.

A facility that the City of Yarra’s community can be proud of.

There has been a contribution of $3.25 million dollars by the City of Yarra. The flow of funds though is heavily reliant on future State government backing.

This is where the public can help sway the government by voicing their support for this sporting facility for our community.

By signing this online petition you are helping lobby the State and Federal government by showing demand for the sporting complex and the needs of the local community.

43. Support for UBC going NCAA

Since 2008, UBC’s administration has been considering joining the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) as the main organizing body for the university’s varsity sports. Currently, UBC is a member of CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) in the Canada West Region.

Membership in the NCAA would help UBC attract academically qualified student athletes from across Canada and the US, who would otherwise choose NCAA affiliated schools. This allows the university to build a top-tier varsity athletics program, to match its top-tier academic reputation.

A decision is expected on this matter by April, 2011, in advance of the next NCAA Division II application deadline of June 1, 2011.

44. Το Αλεξάνδρειο Μέλαθρο να μετονομαστεί σε ''Νίκος Γκάλης''.

Νίκος Γκάλης.

Ο καλύτερος Ελληνας καλαθοσφαιριστής. Από τους καλύτερους στον κόσμο. Ένας καταπληκτικός αθλητής.

Ο Νίκος Γκάλης ήταν εκείνος ο οποίος προώθησε την ελληνική καλαθόσφαιρα περισσότερο από οποιονδήποτε άλλον, όχι μόνο με το ταλέντο του αλλά και με το χαρακτήρα του, παρακινώντας έτσι τα μικρά αλλά και τα μεγαλύτερα παιδιά να ασχοληθούνε με το άθλημα αυτό, αλλά και με τον αθλητισμό γενικότερα.

45. Keep Coach Lafevers

This is a petition is keep Coach Lafevers as our Coleman Baseball/Basketball Coach. We as his players would like to keep our coach!

46. Make Wakefield Road courts Street Ball Central!

Basketball is a globally loved sport which brings all cultures together. Basketball only needs you, a ball and a hoop to play!

There are kids, young men and women who love to play and mimic those stars they see on the television. There are small courts scattered all over Adelaide but most of them are old, weathered and in poor condition. This hardly motivates more people to join in playing this fantastic game.

Wakefield Road, Adelaide in the parklands hosts 4 basketball hoops and 4 full length courts. Some 50 plus young people spend hours honing their skills on these courts until the sun sets.

Unfortunetely, these courts have cracks through them, mud and leaves all over them and the nets missing from the rings.

Adelaide needs one world class basketball venue which is free to access, 24 hours a day with lighting so players can practice their game until they cant run any more!

This location is prime for this. So, please Adelaide Council, spend some money and make this location a central hub for all those who love to play basketball.

Re-surface, re fence, add 4 more hoops, add permanent seating, power supply and lighting.

Unite all those ballers at one fantastic venue where they can strive to make their dreams come true!

47. Send District 113 Girl's Basketball to Arizona

Recently, Illinois school district 113 canceled a trip to Arizona for their girl's basketball team. Assistant Superintendent stated, "The trip “would not be aligned” with the school's “beliefs and values,” and later stated "Arizona is off-limits, at least until it’s more clear how the state’s new law, which makes it a crime to be in the country illegally, will be enforced." (This is actually an existing Federal law that Arizona has chosen to simply enforce, they did not create a new law stating it is a crime to be in the country illegally).

The Highland Park basketball team has worked hard to raise money for the trip by organizing bake sales. This is their first conference title in 26 years and are now being denied an opportunity to play. Without asking parents or taking a vote the school district has taken the matter into their own hands.

Lets' help these girl's get to Arizona so they can enjoy what they have accomplished and worked so hard for.

48. Stop Punishing Innocent Collegiate Players and Fans

The NCAA is placed in the difficult position of having to punish collegiate athletic programs for rules violations occurring in the past. One tool commonly used is to ban a program from post-season play and/or take away player scholarships.

Schools often self-impose sanctions, hoping it will lessen the wrath should the NCAA act on its own. The most recent situation involves the men's basketball team at USC. The school has sanctioned itself by removing itself from post-season play. This only harms the current players and coaching staff - both of which had nothing to do with the rules violations.

Punishment should be better directed at the people with responsibility for the violations, including the athletic director and designed to affect the schools as a whole to better encourage the prevention of future violations.

49. Removing the NBA age limit rule

Rule requires player to be 19 years old and 1 year removed from high school.

Takes away the right for the player to make a living.
Player could get injured in college possibly ruining chances at a professional career.

50. Raise the NBA Age Limit

The NBA age rule states that a player must be nineteen years of age and one year removed from high school in order to be drafted. This was proposed by Commissioner David Stern.

The age limit was instituted in 2005 through negotiations with the players union. Now, he has expressed the desire to raise the age limit to twenty in the next round of collective bargaining.

51. Petícia za nové basketbalové ihriská v Prievidzi

V Prievidzi neexistuje ani jedno plne funkčné basketbalové ihrisko, čo je prinajmenšom smutné vhľadom k tomu, ako sa prievidzský basketbal v ostatnom období rozbehol a jeho popularita v meste Prievidza je jednou z najväčších na Slovensku. Záujem detí o basketbal je obrovský a tie nemajú kde hrávať.

52. Get Riding Back!

From most kids houses there’s no where to ride. But, These Game wardens are posting everything and fining us. For what?! Riding? We aren’t hurting anything. And they wonder why people are calling cops on us for riding roads. You tell me where is there to ride where it’s not posted? I’m pretty sure a kid doesn’t want to pay ANOTHER fine.

One place, the rock dump which isn’t that big and we still have people yelling for the dust. So what is the problem with us on trails? We aren’t hurting anything we aren’t tearing down trees or making new trails. We are just riding. They are fining us for riding? But, they aren’t catching the people down at the PARK doing drugs, And they wonder why kids do drugs in our town. What else is there to do? There’s a park two actually. But who wants to sit at a park?

The basketball courts are all cracked and all dipped in. Plus you can only stay till eight or you get a fine! And what else is there? We don’t have one arcade. Not one Public Pool. We have BARS instead. That’s so fun. NOT! We can walk around town but what’s fun about that. Drugs all around you? That about all that is in our small town. There is nothing for the kids to do. Ride? But there’s a problem about that but they just blow off the kids with drugs. That doesn’t make sense. This town doesn’t! So we the kids and adults are going to get riding back because we don’t want to do drugs and our parents don’t want us to, we would rather ride!!

53. Telstra and Network Ten to Sponsor NBL

THE National Basketball League faces a television black-out by pay television partner Fox Sports after losing both the Sydney Kings and Brisbane Bullets to financial problems.

Similarly Hummer, a division of General Motors, is reviewing its position as the league's naming-rights sponsor with the NBL now reduced to just 11 teams, and with West Sydney's shift to Penrith, has no major presence in the harbour city.

A spokesman for Premier Media Group chief executive David Malone said the network was awaiting a new season schedule of matches before any final decision was made on broadcasting matches next season.

Harmison is looking to the Henderson Report, a commercial review due to be presented to the NBL to provide some guidance on how to avoid more teams falling over.

"What I expect to come out of the investigation is to have criteria set in place that will allow the teams to be a fighting chance of breaking even or turning a profit," he said.

"Whether you call it a franchising agreement or a licensing agreement, we need to develop a set of criteria that is going to stop the boom-and-bust cycle we've had over the last 30 years.

"Our sport has seen a number of teams come and go, be successful for a couple of years and then fall over.

"Whether it's due to mismanagement, or under-management or a lack of resources, we need to get to a stage where we don't have that any more.

Harmison is working on a revised draw which is to be released at the end of this month.

"But it's a fact of life and we've got to live with it. The teams that are remaining in the league are strong. They're going to play some great basketball."

Harmison said the NBL had held high hopes for both the proposed ownership groups for the Kings, but ultimately when it came to crunch time, both failed to produce the necessary backing to proceed.

"The league did make a last-ditch attempt when it became apparent that both bids were faltering to bring the two groups together, but those efforts have been in vain."

"It's a sad day for Sydney basketball fans that's for sure, but at the end of the day the two bids didn't stack up financially."

"What we needed from the group that remained at the end of the day was a financial or bank guarantee and that wasn't forthcoming."

The Kings had their licence revoked last month after failing to meet overdue player payments while Brisbane owner Eddy Groves handed in the Bullets' licence after running into financial difficulty and failing to find another backer.

54. Keep Coach Shumway!

Coach Shumway has always tried his best to do what is right for Juab High School. He trys to get his players enough time in the gym anytime he can.

Coach Shumway has helped Juab Basketball more than anyone I know.

55. NJ Nets preseason games at The Prudential Center

This petition is intended to show the NJ Nets that their fans would generate a massive amount of interest in the three preseason games played at the Prudential Center.

We are particularly targeting the teams CEO Mr. Brett Yormark. Which stated "I'm open and willing to consider any venue for some preseason games, if it's fiscally sound and gives me an opportunity to tap into a new consumer base -- it has nothing to do with us going to Brooklyn,".

Our intention is to bring a new consumer base from New Jersey, that would give our fans a closer perspective of the team that you are building. Thank You.

56. Equal play time for Sub Varsity Sports

A lot of the families in our area have not been happy by the way the coaches are playing our kids in Sub-Varsity levels. So a bunch of us have been taken minutes on the court.

What we clearly found is that the kids with the right last name or the coach knows a parent, they get to play a large number of minutes. While the other chidren are not involved.

We have talked to several kids which are frustrated and have quit sports because of it. One ex. This happened the whole season. We had 16 kids on the basketball team. There were 6 kids that were favored (not the kids' fault). Those 6 kids played an average of 9 to 21 minutes per game. (note: 24 minutes in a game). The other 10 kids played an average of 1 to 4 minutes, and they were garbage minutes. (1 minute in and then take them out and so on). This is in all sports.

57. Let Luol Deng play for the Great Britain basketball team this summer

LUOL Deng is out of Great Britain's European Championship campaign after an insurance company refused to cover his £37.8 million club contract.

The news marks a sickening blow for coach Chris Finch and the entire national team programme as it continues to build towards the 2012 Olympics.

Deng, 23, signed a lucrative new deal with the Chicago Bulls two weeks ago after passing a battery of medical tests.

But the NBA's New York insurance company, which must cover all NBA players before they can play for their national teams, has refused to insure that contract because of an old back injury.

Deng missed three games in November with a minor back problem and the insurance broker's decision is based on an MRI scan taken then.

Under an arrangement with world governing body FIBA, the NBA is obliged to release any player who wishes to play for his national team but only if insurance requirements are met.

Although Deng is not the best-paid international NBA player, in terms of annual salary in 2008-09, he does currently have the largest value left remaining on an existing contract and, therefore, represents the biggest risk for an insurance company.

His absence will be a major setback for GB as they try and reach the 2009 European Championship Finals with qualifying games against Israel, Bosnia and the Czech Republic next month.

GB officials were last night exploring their options and preparing to lodge an appeal with the NBA - a step which sources claim would be futile.

The only other alternative would be for the GB federation to negotiate with the Bulls and insure Deng's contract themselves which is likely to prove impossible after the insurers decision.

Deng, who is currently with the GB team as they play a warm-up tournament in Sardinia, declined to comment last night but is understood to be devastated by the news.

Great Britain Basketball have also declined to elaborate beyond a statement made earlier today that Deng remains unavailable for this week's games in Italy.

The loss of Deng will leave GB severely depleted after it appeared that Finch would be able to field a team capable of becoming a genuine European force this summer.

58. please don't leave shilpa

please don't leave shilpa...i really don't want you to leave the she Dil Mil Gayye...


Ovo je peticija da ne sruše Jazine, Dom košarke, Zadra i Tornada! Iako umjesto njih žele tamo staviti muzej sporta, Jazine već jesu muzej sporta same po sebi i mislim da je to svima jasno i zato treba potpisati peticiju! Fala puno svakom tko se potpiše.... =)

Evo i na engleskom sažetak, čisto formalno....

This is a petition for keeping Jazine, The Home of basketball, Zadar and Tornado. I hope many of you will sign and I thank all of you in the name of the whole Zadar, I believe! Thank you very much! =)

60. We want Black as a school color

A bunch of old people are trying to get rid of the black uniforms and the students and players of today's society love the black.

Some of the elders don't like the black because they say it is not a school color. If black became a school color, they wouldn't have anything to complain about.