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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

NBA: Mission (Not) Accomplished

Today, corrupt former NBA ref Tim Donaghy was sentenced to 15 months in jail. The NBA wants you to believe that this was just one bad apple.
That would be believable if he did not make hundreds of phone calls to another ref that is currently still officiating for the NBA. Before this whole ref scandal even came out, fans thought that the league was and still is playing to the bigger market teams. Chicago, the third largest city in the U.S., grabbed the first pick with only a 1.7% chance to do so. That also may be believable if the selection process wasn't behind closed doors. Not only does the NBA not do it the normal way (team with worst record picks first etc.), they decide to run the process where no one but people associated with the NBA can see if it is legit. If Stern wants to resolve the NBA's credibility issue, start with a open door selection process and let the whole world see that there is no monkey business going on in the ping pong ball room.

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