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Cleveland Cavaliers forced to toss 10,000 programs because of roster move

Jan 27, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

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In professional sports, roster turnover can cause for some awkward situations during the season if a promotional item or program features a player that is traded or cut.

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a multi-player trade earlier in the week to acquire Memphis Grizzlies forward Marreese Speights and due to that move, they had to release back-up point guard Jeremy Pargo to get within roster limits.

Under most circumstances, this would have little impact on the organization since Pargo wasn’t a starter. However, due to an interesting coincidence, he was set to be featured on the front of the team’s pregame program for last Friday night’s game against the Boston Celtics.

As you might figure, Cleveland was forced to rid themselves of the programs and come up with a plan B for the fans attending the game at Quicken Loans Arena:

The Cavaliers released point guard Jeremy Pargo as part of their pregame roster shuffle, then chose to scrap approximately 10,000 game programs because he was on the cover. Instead of receiving the free, pamphlet-sized magazines when they entered the arena, fans received a photocopy of the front page of Cleveland’s media notes.

At the end of the day, the lesson that needs to be learned here is “If you lose a Pargo, you will toss a program.