The rumors of the NBA’s impending demise have been greatly exaggerated for years now. In 2010-11, 2.4 million viewers were watching during an average NBA game. Since 1995-96, the average audience has increased 28%. Since 2001-02, the league’s annual revenue has increased by $2.13 billion.
Tom Thibodeau’s dismissal should not come as a shock to any basketball fan. Stories about cognitive dissonance in the Chicago Bulls locker room have filled the tabloids all season.
The Minnesota Timberwolves finished the 2014-15 season with the worst record in the league; yet, they’ve become one of the most exciting teams in the NBA.
Over the years, the NBA’s drug policies have been affected by internal policy shifts and external regulation. It can be difficult to objectively gauge the effectiveness of these changes. For instance: How do we define success? What’s the tangible impact of these policies? And is the message we’re sending consistent with our true values?
Mental illness is an issue that’s not given enough attention, so it should be no surprise that it’s also a problem within professional sports. Earlier this year, Larry Sanders walked away from a lucrative career after seeking treatment for depression, anxiety and mood disorders.