I saw a report on ESPN saying that NBA players are sleep-deprived because the 82-game schedule has them in transit for so much of the time. On the surface, one could read that statement and think something along the lines of “Poor baby…” and move on. The problem is that there are too many questions one must consider before getting to that thought and moving on:
- The NBA has played an 82-game schedule since the 1960s; someone just determined that today’s players are sleep-deprived. Did that ever happen to any previous players?
- The current NBA schedule covers more of the 12-month calendar than before; I would think that if this is a real problem now, it would have been a bigger problem in the past.
- Transit today from city to city for NBA teams is faster and more comfortable than it has been in the past. That sounds like more sleeping opportunities to me.
- Perhaps – just perhaps – players could reduce their sleep deficit if they went to sleep after games instead of going out to clubs.
Now I can say to myself, “Poor baby…” and move on.
Since I mentioned the dreaded 82-game NBA regular season schedule, let me suggest that the length of the NBA season contributes to its meager TV ratings during that regular season. The issue here is that there are at most a dozen “appointment viewing games” in and amongst the 1230 regular season offerings. As a viewer, that means I am mining low-grade ore.
The NBA seems to believe that “more is always better” when it comes to televising its games. Compare for instance the NBA Playoffs with 16 teams in the mix to the NCAA Tournament once you get to the Sweet Sixteen. For college hoops, every game in the tournament is akin to a 7th game in the NBA playoffs. One team advances and one team goes home. However, in the NBA Playoffs there are lots of games lacking anything close to that kind of urgency.
Harvard University has a new policy in place regarding the captains of its intercollegiate teams. Starting with the class of 2021, no one can be the captain of a Harvard team if that person chooses to belong to a “single-gender organization”. This is ever so politically correct…
The Athletic Department at Harvard says it will basically use an honor system to enforce this new policy by asking players who choose to be part of “single-gender organizations” to remove themselves from consideration as a team captain. I was once a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout when those were “single-gender organizations”; I guess that would disqualify me from being a Harvard team captain.
Think of the value inherent in a Harvard athlete who is gender-fluid. (S)he is the antidote to any single-gender organization because her/his membership there immediately makes the organization a multiple-gender one.
One other point here… As soon as this policy is used to deny or remove a Harvard athlete as a team captain – it could be a person of any gender or all genders – the university is in the role of depriving that athlete the opportunity of team captaincy on the basis of gender. That is ever so politically incorrect…
The Tampa Bay Times reported that the first AARP-sponsored fitness park opened in St. Petersburg, FL this summer. According to the report, AARP plans to open several dozen of these facilities around the country. I am a bit surprised that AARP did not elect to have Boca Raton be the site of their inaugural facility; my guess is that the fraction of residents in Boca Raton who are eligible to be AARP members is about one-half.
Finally, Mike Bianchi had this tidbit in the Orlando Sentinel recently:
“Kevin Durant told the Wall Street Journal that sometimes ‘he hates’ the business of the NBA. I don’t know about you, but I would love every aspect of any business that is going to pay me $40 million next season not to work.”
But don’t get me wrong, I love sports………