While not naming any names, this morning's Dwight Jaynes column takes to task certain elements of Blazer fandom who have been complaining about the preseason games not being on TV. Dwight goes into Yorkshireman mode (you all remember the Yorkshireman skit on Monty Python, where a bunch of old Yorkies try to do outdo each other with "in my day..." stories), reminiscing about the bad old days when there was nothing to watch but Yankees and Notre Dame on the boob tube, and you were lucky to get twenty Blazer games a year. Us kids, apparently, don't know how good we have it (although this kid remembers the days of Tommy Heinsohn covering the Celtics for CBS, and drooling over everything anyone in green ever did...)
Point taken. And of course, putting on a game costs MONEY--not only do you gotta pay the talent, but you gotta pay the TV production crew--a lot of folks for a slick production like a Blazer game. Even though Blazers preseason is more popular than the regular-season games in say, Atlanta, chances are that a televisied preseason game won't draw anybody but hardcore fans. That would be us, of course--but for the Blazers to make $$$ of the games, they need people to watch who AREN'T hardcore fans; and the casual fans ain't gonna waste their time with games that don't count.
Which brings me to my humble suggestions for the future. (Next preseason, perhaps--it may be too late to do this this year).
1) Put on a "low budget" production. No Mikes, no HD, no slick graphics or stats, just a camera or two pointed at the court.
2) Permit video streaming from the game. I'm sure it happens already, with people doing it from their cellphones, but provide the infracture (a higher-BW connection) and permit proper videocameras into the building, so we've got something better to look at then cell phone video. You won't make money, but you won't lose money.
#2 probably won't happen, even if the Blazers were game--I'm sure the NBA league office would put a stop to it. But it wouldn't hurt to try...