Las Vegas is an event city. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, they say. The city is, in essence, an escape from reality. With more strippers than teachers, can anyone argue? When the heart of the city has grown up to support what is essentially a transient population, how do you expect to run an unpolished event for diehard fans in a city dedicated to front-runners? Answer: you don't.
We call it the Impact League because it's easier, but let's not kid ourselves; there's a reason the organizers called it the Impact Competitive Training Series.
Just looking at our own recent D.C. versus L.A. training location that will eventually be called Travelgate or somesuch in our rarefied circle, Vegas is highly accessible to NBA players currently based in L.A. It can easily offer all the highest-class amenities players are accustomed to while offering the best competition they can expect to face stateside. Perhaps they were expecting Capitol Punishment-level attention, but that benefited from a weeks-long PR campaign and plenty of trash talk from its stars.
Ben Golliver provided a good read talking about how attendance at the Impact League is demonstrative of the NBA's power, but several quotes from Impact Trainer Joe Abunassar in a recent Sam Amick column demonstrate with fairly comprehensive certainty how the aim of the ICTS was anything but: