Could the Sterling Ban Blow Up in Adam Silver’s Face?

Silver and Sterling
Silver and Sterling
Adam Silver has spoken on Donald Silver but will this precedent cause future issues?

I’ve looked at this entire situation involving Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling from as many different angles as I could. What is quite clear is that Sterling is just not a good person. His actions for decades have reeked of ignorance and intolerance and sadly, it took something like this for the National Basketball Association to act.

While I believe that Commissioner Adam Silver has done the right thing in banning Sterling for life and forcing him to sell the franchise, I have great concerns for the future.

In his press conference, Silver stated that Sterling was being banned for what was on the tape recording. To me, that’s a mistake. Silver should have cited other instances in his Sterling’s life as well as the tape recording. The reason I say this is because what is going to happen when something similar to this happens?

Don’t think that it will? Think again…

Because Commissioner Silver has set this as the precedent for any sort of racist language and behavior, what will happen if it occurs again or in a different manner?

Kroenke
What happens if Denver owner Stan Kroenke disparages a social or ethnic group. Will he be banned?

Let’s say Denver Nuggets’ owner Stan Kroenke makes disparaging remarks about European players. Will the same punishment be bestowed upon him? What if Les Alexander who owns the Houston Rockets says he doesn’t want Hispanics at his games? Does he get banned for life?

The Pandora’s Box is now open and there’s an even bigger issue that could arise as well. The players in the NBA who have been so supportive of Silver may in fact be second thinking this if they say something wrong.

What if a black player makes inappropriate comments about a white player? It’s happened before. Go back to the 1980’s when the Detroit Pistons were trying to dethrone the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference.

After a game in which Larry Bird had rallied the Celtics to a victory in the playoffs, Dennis Rodman was asked about Bird. He said “If Bird were white he’d be just another player.” The comment was fairly soft but when the journalists asked Isiah Thomas if he agreed and he  repeated exactly what Rodman had said controversy ensued.

How will Silver justify a minimal suspension for inappropriate behavior by another owner or a player? The precedent is there and he will be forced to stick to it.

Again, I’m not defending Donald Sterling in any way, shape or form. I just believe that what the NBA has now created is going to be a very difficult set of guidelines with which to follow. Silver cannot show bias towards players, owners, general managers or officials. What will he do when something similar happens again?

Within hours of the statement by Silver, journalists were already taking the National Football League and Roger Goodell to task. The issue relates to the NFL because of what has gone on recently with the Washington Redskins.

While I personally believe the issue should ultimately be decided by Daniel Snyder himself, it is a similar issue. There is mounting pressure from Native American groups and political ‘posses’ to get Snyder to change the name for its’ insensitivity to Native Americans.

The difference is that Snyder, nor anyone else in the organization has made remarks disparaging Native Americans as Sterling did towards African-Americans. Therefore there is a difference.

If we get back to the NBA, Silver may face pressure from a different social demographic. Orlando Magic owner Richard DeVos has been openly vocal against gay rights. With at least one openly gay player in the NBA, will there be pressure to force DeVos to sell his team?

No, not unless he says something stupid at least.

 

Super Bowl Champions Have Tough 2014 Schedule and More

With the first round playoff series in the NBA nearing their conclusion, it is a good time to revisit the 2014 NFL season schedule that was released last week.

The defending Super Bowl champions usually are seen by the public more often than other teams as they often appear in a number of primetime games. This season the Seattle Seahawks will be in four primetime games, but only one is at home.

In addition, Seattle will play against three teams that were in the playoff this past season to start the 2014 season. The Seahawks also have to finish their regular season with 6 of their final 7 games against division opponents.

Added to that, the Seahawks have a stretch that runs from November 16 thru December 21 where they will play six consecutive games versus opponents that won 10 games or more last season.

In that stretch, the Seahawks will play the San Francisco 49ers on Thanksgiving and again just two weeks later.

Nevertheless, the Seahawks remain at the top of the Super Bowl futures on Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbook.com.

The runner up to the Super Bowl, the Denver Broncos do not have a walk in the park with their schedule either.

Denver’s opening three games will be against playoff teams from last season. The Broncos will play three games in a 12-day span from October 12th through the 23rd.

The division the Broncos play this season in inter-conference play will be the NFC West, which is one of the toughest in the NFL with Seattle, San Francisco, Arizona and St. Louis.

According to data taken from Bovada and betonline, Denver is just 2-7 SU and ATS versus teams from the NFC West over the past 8 seasons and 0-4 SU and ATS over the past 4 games including their loss last season in the Super Bowl to Seattle.

Thirty-three of the final 48 games during the final three weeks of the regular season will be division games, making the playoff races more interesting down the stretch.

A Thursday repeat takes place this season between Chicago and Dallas. The two NFC rivals will play on Thanksgiving Day and head to head the following Thursday.

Many bettors check out the schedule prior to the opening week and circle games they know will be important and likely worth seeing.

This season there are a number of good matchups

Week 3 Peyton Manning and his Broncos play Seattle.

In Week’s 3 and 16, DeSean Jackson and the Redskins take on his former team the Philadelphia Eagles.

In week 4, Steve Smith will play against his former teammates the Carolina Panthers.

In week 15, Chris Johnson will play against Tennessee.

The Oakland Raiders play one of the toughest schedules of all with their opponents having a combined .578 winning percentage.

They will not get any sympathy from St. Louis as the Rams play a stretch of 8 games of which 7 are against playoff teams from last season.

And, in what could be the worst stretch of all, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go on the road to face Atlanta, Pittsburgh and New Orleans in a row.