Phoenix Suns fans have had enough.
Hours before the Suns tipped off their fourth game of the 2017-18 season, one intrepid fan launched a GoFundMe campaign to drive interest in encouraging Robert Sarver to sell the team he has owned since 2004. Before last night’s 117-115 home win over the Sacramento Kings, the Suns started this season with an 0-3 mark.
Depending on how you measure such things, it’s arguably the worst 0-3 mark in NBA history. On opening night the Suns were blown out by the Portland Trail Blazers, the 48-point margin was the worst defeat in team history. In game number three the Clippers were 42 points better than the Suns. On Sunday head coach Earl Watson was fired, and on Monday the team and point guard Eric Bledsoe essentially parted ways for good. All this from a team that fans were ready to accept as bottom-three squad this season.
So Alex Smith of Phoenix, Arizona started his campaign with this mission:
I've reached out to Clear Channel and the cost of running a digital billboard for one week is $750 - $1,500 depending on the sign location. The three closest digital billboard locations will can be seen here.
We can choose a total of three different ad copies and can specificy when each will run. Perhaps we would want to run a specific ad copy during when Suns games are played vs. other hours of the day.
The goal for this campaign is $1,650 which ensures at least one digital billboard for one week and covers all gofundme fees. Should we raise more than the goal, every penny will go towards additional billboards and/or run time.
As of 8:30 AM on Tuesday, Smith has hit his goal. So far a total of $1,670 has been raised.
Sarver bought the Suns for a then record $401 million in 2004. In February Forbes valued the team at over $1 billion, ranking 14th in the NBA. The New York Knicks ranked first overall, with a value north of $3 billion.
In October of last year ESPN ranked Sarver as the worst owner in the NBA.
Is #SarverOut worth your dollar?