On Thursday we learned that NBA commissioner David Stern wanted to expand the league’s anti-flopping rules to include harsher penalties for offenders. Stern said the league would analyze the effectiveness of the current policy at an upcoming competition committee meeting, but Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is taking it upon himself to find out how many players are flopping and what measures should be taken to stop them.
According to ESPN.com, Cuban is funding his own study on the issue of flopping. One of Cuban’s companies has provided Southern Methodist University with $100,000 for an in-depth 18-month investigation into the matter.
“Is it a flop? Let the scientists figure it out . im paying for the research to find out,” Cuban tweeted.
The study will examine forces involved in basketball collisions and attempt to determine if video or motion-capture techniques can accurately distinguish between legitimate collisions and flops.
“The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines,” SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who leads the research team, said in a statement.
David Stern has said the fines haven’t been significant enough to deter floppers, but he’s also said suspensions for first-time offenses would be too drastic. The league may continue to tweak the rule and its penalty system to find the perfect balance and it’s possible that Cuban’s study could help.
We’ll let you know what the study finds when the information comes in.