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So, What's Everybody Watching On TV Tonight?

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Please don't say "The Decision".

I don't begrudge an athlete cashing in (small window of opportunity to do so, being an elite performer in your field and all of the other oft-stated, yet utterly valid reasons), and this is a huge development for anyone who follows the NBA, easily the most star-driven of all the major leagues. But we need another ESPN made-for-tv, non-competition "event" like we need holes in our head.

If nothing else, think of the precedent that could be set: the next big free agent will want an ESPN special bigger and better and with a more dramatic title than LeBron's. After that, every free agent in every sport will want them. There will be pre-press conference shows, halftime entertainment and sponsors lining up to pay $20 million for ads. Before you know it, you'll have U2 opening for the "Old Spice presents Thee Brook Lopez Proclamation!"

'Tis a slippery slope we're navigating here, folks.

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