NHL Attendance Leaders - National Hockey League - ESPN Head straight to gate for sign of weakness in NBA money machine - NBA - CBSSports.com Basketball If I was an NBA player, exec, or owner, I'd be very, very afraid. The numbers are mind boggling. The Pistons led the league last year in attendance? Huh? The worst NHL team beats the NBA league average. This may be an overreaction, but could we go back to the days when stars were only making 5mil per? Everyone is talking about the cap, but what about the MLE? It's based on average salaries, how long before it drops. Here's the scary thought, the NBA is getting about a billion a year from their national tv contract which expires in 5 or 6 years. What happens if the economy doesn't recover by then, more people surf than watch tv, and tv add revenue plummets. Could the next tv contract drop in half and we have a 30 million dollar salary cap? Imagine paying 50 percent of your cap to Lebron, Wade or Bosh, and your team still doesn't win?