Into this madness stepped new NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who had only been on the job for two months. Silver had taken over for David Stern, who had been commissioner for 30 years and loomed so large over the sport, for better and for worse, that many wondered if he was still secretly in charge. It’s not well remembered now, but Silver had initially botched the Sterling situation, saying, the day after the tape was released, that, “I personally think the situation is most unfair to Clippers players and coaches, who have to deal with this distraction in the middle of the playoffs” and “All members of the NBA family should be afforded due process and a fair opportunity to present both sides of the situation.” This is the sort of equivocal “Gotta hear both sides” typically used to protect insider malfeasance, and many thought Silver looked ineffectual and weak in the face of the first existential crisis of his tenure. There’s an … [Read more...] about The NBA Now Feels Like the Future and the NFL the Past. But It Wasn’t Destined to Work Out That Way.
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And it does make me a little bit sad. I use a sports memories website called Sports Passport that chronicles every sporting event I’ve ever attended. Each game I’ve been to is its own memory — what great players I saw, who won the game, where I was in my life at that time, and, most important, who I went to the game with. I smile just thinking about them. I don’t remember who I watch games on television with, other than the fact it’s usually by myself. They’re just another piece of streaming programming. Getting out to the ballpark is the foundation of this whole thing. They’re the reason we care in the first place. Teams and leagues might not think they have to worry right now about the fact that fewer people are doing that than they have in recent years. But they should probably start. … [Read more...] about Nobody’s Going to Sports in Person Anymore. And No One Seems to Care.
Much of the discussion, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s mammoth decision last May to lift the federal ban on sports gambling, has centered on how it will affect the major sports leagues and the games themselves. League commissioners once fought to keep gambling as far away from their sports as they could — five years ago, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the number-one threat to the integrity of pro football was gambling, yet another thing he was incredibly wrong about — but now, with the pump primed for deals with FanDuel and DraftKings, they’re fighting to make sure they get their piece of the pie, demanding “integrity fees” from sports books. These integrity fees ostensibly are to help leagues increase their internal protection against gambling-related scandal — remember, Tim Donaghy was just over a decade ago — but they’re widely considered the leagues trying to grab, for lack of a better term, their vig. But these are all … [Read more...] about Welcome to Our New Gambling Hell, Sports Fans