@approxinfinity I don’t think people are losing the ability to be impartial but it is certainly less valued in our current environment. With everything being about money you’d think being impartial and open to everyone would be ideal but advertisers have figured out is that targeted advertising is so much more bang for the buck than a broad appeal.
@dylans I think you’re right that true impartiality is pretty much impossible but people can get continually closer by examining those biases your pointed out and others.
Seems like impartiality is a choice that fewer are making. Take the recent tournament for example. Sports casters always strive to be impartial but Charles Barkley was purposefully not. It was well documented and celebrated. I personally also enjoyed watching him cheer on his alma mater as I do.
Similarly most “news” channels are abandoning the goal of impartiality for ratings. Passion sells. I think it’s more about the money than the tech. Technology is a tool that for the most part does what people want it to do. It could just as easily be used to create an environment supporting impartiality as it has been to take us where we are now.
@wissox I agree … but I think if you miss it, say, it comes to you and just bounces of your hands (accidentally – the refs judgment that it was really a miss. Like bouncing off your back), that’s not good enough to stop a subsequent dribble. Because there was no control. But if you control it by batting it to the ground, like a dribble, you can’t then hold it and dribble again. Because the bat to the ground is actually control. Interesting.
I don’t know. UVA won the ACC four of the last 6 years. Yes, last year they lost first round. Why? They didn’t shoot the 3 enough, and they didn’t have redundancy in the athleticism department and Hunter went down . Both things have been corrected. Keenly watching their success this post season. If their system can translate to post season success, I will be looking if they can maintain a lack of critical flaws with the talent they recruit.
@Kcmatt7 you beat me to it! It felt like the media struggles to accept sustained greatness and is looking for the next big thing. Heck LeBron should’ve won finals MVP for the losing team, but didn’t because of the stigma.
College basketball (outside of the top handful of programs) generates almost all of its money from the NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament, in turn, generates about 90% of the overall NCAA budget on an annual basis. So the question is this - do the networks (ESPN, CBS, TNT, etc.) pay top dollar to televise the NCAA tournament.
The question moving forward is two parts:
How many top players go the NBA/G League/D League route
How do the networks/advertisers respond
We already know what college basketball looks like if you subtract the TV money. Go to any mid major and you will see it. Drive down to Wichita State, or up to Creighton, or over to any number of other mid major programs. Even the ones that do sell lots of tickets do not have the same financial strength as those that appear on TV regularly. And these are programs that have consistently had success.
If the TV/advertising money dries up, college basketball will have to change because the current model is unsustainable without that money.
Grimes reminds me so much of Newman last year it’s crazy. He’s so close to turning the corner and being “a guy.” Newman literally sucked for like 95% of the season, but he finally got there. We had threads about how awful he was and how he “seemed” like a cancer.
I think Grimes will get better. He’s already shown his shot is starting to fall. Next step is being able to defend for 35 minutes a game and literally turn the corner on the drive. It’s coming.
Grimes will be VERY good at KU if he sticks around and just plays. It’s been a huge adjustment for him to play off the ball.
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