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June 09, 2013

SportsFilter: The Sunday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

The Arizona Diamondbacks pay a special tribute to Cory Hahn.

posted by NerfballPro at 11:10 AM on June 09

Good news: every food bank in the world is full and cancer has been cured. At least, I'm assuming since Mark Cuban has decided to donate $100,000 to cure flopping instead of something important. He's really blown all the good karma from his fights with the league; $100,000 isn't enough to do much more than get Cuban's name in the paper.

Bad news: the Flyers are going to ruin beach trips.

posted by yerfatma at 03:01 PM on June 09

Why fault Cuban for spending $100,000 towards improving the game of basketball? He's been obsessed with applying better metrics into basketball for the 13 years he's been an owner. This expenditure is consistent with that.

posted by rcade at 03:39 PM on June 09

Good news: every food bank in the world is full and cancer has been cured. At least, I'm assuming since Mark Cuban has decided to donate $100,000 to cure flopping instead of something important.

That's silly. Nobody can spend money on things that interest them until the food banks are full and cancer is cured? Do you hold yourself to the same standard?

posted by dfleming at 09:33 AM on June 10

We should all be so lucky to have our sporting franchises run by an owner as passionate about the game as Cuban.

posted by cixelsyd at 09:44 AM on June 10

Cuban is a billionaire, and $100,000 to him is like a dime to us. If you could fix an annoyance at your job for a dime, tell me you wouldn't do it...

posted by MeatSaber at 10:02 AM on June 10

Why fault Cuban for spending $100,000 towards improving the game of basketball?

I guess because I don't believe that's what he's doing. I don't think $100,000 is enough to make a difference. If it was, wouldn't some soccer team have spent it a long time ago?

posted by yerfatma at 12:12 PM on June 10

If it was, wouldn't some soccer team have spent it a long time ago?

I ask this seriously - why? Most owners care about the revenue they're taking in and how often their team wins, not the minutiae of officiating. Cuban by every measure is pretty different as an owner - he shoots around with the team, does a ton of interviews, watches tape and understands strategy.

Flopping is something that doesn't inherently benefit one squad over another, so there's no real tangible advantage or disadvantage that would motivate a team owner. If Cuban can provide the refs with some tangible understanding for how to spot a flop based on this research, maybe they call it better and he enjoys the game more.

posted by dfleming at 01:41 PM on June 10

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