kyrv wrote:Payt10 wrote:DASMACKDOWN wrote:I guess we can prepare for the league to make big changes in the offseason about 'sitting' players..
I don't know if it can be negotiated in the CBA, but the league is obviously getting a trashing by their sponsors. I totally understand and agree. TNT, ESPN/ABC paid a premium on primetime matchups to put on display and what maybe 1 or 2 have even had all their guys play? The other games were big time blow outs...(one thanks to Bulls)
I honestly don't know how the league can force a teams hand.
You cant say, so and so player MUST play in the game. You also cannot force how many minutes that player plays either. Knowing Popp he would have all his 'resting' guys do the tip off, foul immediately then sub them all out. He is the one guy will the balls to stuff it to the league.
I don't even think stretching out games for less back to backs helps either. I think the more freedom you give the teams, the more freedom they will take. Remember in the lockout year....teams were still "resting players" and we had 50 total regular season games.
Its going to be tough, but the sponsors are going to rip the league a new one if nothing is done about it.
There is nothing they can do. Coaches are trying to do what's in the best interest of their team to try and win a championship. They couldn't care less about what kind of ratings they get on TV, or what the fans paid to come see their favorite players. And they shouldn't care. They don't owe it to anybody to play guys for the sake of entertainment. So, the league should really give up the fight, because it's a battle they will never win.
Yes there is. Of course there is something they can do. Come on man.
Didn't Phil get fined for resting players in a meaningless regular season finale?
This is the integrity of the game.
And yes they do owe it to try and win games.
League will in fact win the battle if they so choose.
The best thing imo is to work together and find a solution. But absolutely the league can stop it. They aren't some helpless bystanders.
Coaches owe nothing to the fans. Their job is to win championships, not meaningless regular season games. If a coach wants to get his players some rest before the post-season, because he thinks it will help in the long run, then that is their prerogative.
I think if the league intervenes too much, to the point where they are beginning to micromanage and undermine a coaches power to run his team the way he wants, it's going to create massive chaos—possibly leading to a strike of some kind—depending on how much power is taken away from them.
I'm struggling even coming up with a rule the league could implement that would keep this from happening. So they force player x to play.. What's stopping a coach from fouling immediately at the start of the game to send the player back to the bench the rest of the game? Then you'll be asking, "Okay, so now how many minutes does player x have to play for the rules to take effect?" Also, "Is it never okay for a player to rest without an injury?" "What's stopping teams from 'faking' an injury or sickness?" These are all pertinent questions.
It's a lot more of a tricky situation than one might think. I don't think it's as easy as just saying "You have to play this guy or we'll fine you" without some serious backlash from players and coaches. Maybe there is some middle ground here that I'm not seeing.