NBA Commissioner Adam Silver warned all 30 teams in a memo last week that blatant tanking will result in punishments from the league office.
The content of that memo was reported Wednesday by USA Today’s Sam Amick.
According to Amick, the memo said:
“The integrity of the competition on the playing court is the cornerstone of our league. It is our pact with the fans and with each other, the fundamental reason we exist as a preeminent sporting organization, the very product that we sell. With everything else changing around us, it is the one thing in our league that can never change. We must do everything in our power to protect the actual and perceived integrity of the game.”
This was brought on by Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who was fined last week for saying that the best option for his team was to lose. (RELATED: Mark Cuban Fined $600,000 For Tanking Comments)
The problem with Silver’s message is there is no real way to enforce it. Tanking is a good strategy for many teams in th..Continue Reading