The basic premise is, what if pro sports franchises were owned by the cities they represent and trades could be made from one sport to another? For example, following the Celtics' fifth straight losing season in 1998-99, Boston would have gladly dealt away All-Star Antoine Walker for a quality starting pitcher to follow Pedro Martinez in the Red Sox rotation (maybe that could have made the difference in the '99 ALCS loss to the Yankees?). That's just one of billions of fantasies to explore down this rabbit hole...
Now it appears as though one of these imaginary trades is actually happening in real life:
And now for a cross-sport trade: Barcelona trading football players to get a basketball player. https://t.co/XgFr0N04BS— Mark Deeks (@MarkDeeksNBA) August 2, 2016
I don't know anything about the details of European sports leagues, but from what I understand FC Barcelona has both a football (soccer) and basketball club, and they're attempting to acquire a basketball player from Baskonia in exchange for sending a couple soccer players to another team with the same owner.