Embarassing: NBA goes green but steps on self with size 23EEE carbon footprint

April 2, 2009

The National Basketball Association announced that it is partnering with the Natural Resources Defense Council in launching the inaugural NBA Green Week. What’s involved in green pro-ball? Here’s what the NBA says:

As part of NBA Green Week 2009, adidas will outfit all players with 100 percent organic cotton adidas shooting shirts featuring the NBA Green logo. The Denver Nuggets, Charlotte Bobcats, and the Chicago Bulls will wear green-colored uniforms and socks made from 45 percent organic cotton during select home games throughout the week to raise additional environmental awareness. NBA.com will also host an online auction of Spalding basketballs, made from 40 percent recycled materials and autographed by NBA players.

Organic cotton, of course, costs more to produce since it requires more weeding and fertilizer — and, hence, involves more greenhouse gas emissions. Organic crops, generally, tend to require more land, water and other inputs to produce as much as conventional techniques, tending to make organic crops relatively worse for the environment than conventional crops.

But if the NBA really wants to be green, it should put itself out of business.

According to the Carbon Neutral Company, an NBA game produces about 449 tons of carbon dioxide due to fan and team travel, and energy use at arenas. Given that there are 1230 games in an NBA season, that means that the NBA emits about 552,270 tons of CO2 in regular season games alone. Pre-season and post-season play add to this size 23EEE carbon footprint.

The NBA’s carbon footprint amounts to putting about 46,022 SUVs on the road each year. A 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant produces about 3 million tons of CO2 emissions per year. So the NBA is like operating a coal-fired power plant for about 2.5 months per year — most un-green of it.

The NBA could have avoided such embarrassment had it read Steve Milloy’s new book, Green Hell: How Environmentalists Plan to Control Your Life and What You Can Do to Stop Them.

Take action:

Contact the NBA and tell them that green is an airball not a slam dunk.

6 Responses to “Embarassing: NBA goes green but steps on self with size 23EEE carbon footprint”


  1. [...] forecast on the Weather Channel without a reminder.  Comcast has a Green channel.  Even the NBA stuck its toe in the water. This propaganda blitz has to be [...]

  2. sentner Says:

    Here’s an idea… instead of going green by outfitting them with a whole lot of new gear, how about they just wear the same gear from the past year???

  3. 4timesayear Says:

    Methinks they put their foot in their mouth…


  4. [...] The NBA has announced it is going “Green.” Well, they must be talking about smoking a lot more spliff–or were doing so before the announcement–because thinking this plan will “fight global warming” is a pipe dream in the classic sense. Here’s a sample courtesy of Steve Milloy: [...]

  5. nothingtocareabout Says:

    I second dongoffredi. What´s going on is so stupid that one has to wonder how long this can prevail. How much hypocrisy and nonsense will the populace accept before they start to react. We certainly need all the Steve Milloys on earth to raise their voice of reason. Maybe in the end people will start to listen. Maybe.

  6. dongoffredi Says:

    Oh, great.
    Idiocy pervades yet another facet of American society.
    As if they weren’t idiots to begin with.
    Now they’re GREEN idiots, too.
    Makes me yearn for the days when NBAers were just felons.


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