David Stern: “We are using this as an opportunity to button up whatever remains unbuttoned in the oversight of our officiating program.”

November 9, 2009 – 11:10 am by timgunter

David Stern and the NBA have been in the news lately but not for good reasons. With the 2009 NBA season less than two weeks old, the start has been marred by the accusations Tim Donaghy has made in his tell-all book. I definitely want to read what Tim Donaghy has alleged but there is one big problem; the Tim Donaghy book has been pulled by the publisher and it won’t ever hit bookshelves around the country. In the Donaghy book, “Blowing the Whistle: The Culture of Fraud in the NBA,” the disgraced ref accuses his former colleagues of unprofessional behavior during game. Donaghy even goes as far as alleging Dick Bavetta of inappropriately influencing the outcome of games on behalf of the NBA Front Office. It is for this reason that the book’s publisher, Random House, has pulled back from releasing the book in fear of repercussions from the NBA.
David Stern joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about stance on an expansion of the NBA, whether he has thought about a possible contraction in the NBA, what the NBA does to try to keep the Tim Donaghy book from coming out, and what the NBA does to try to keep the Tim Donaghy book from coming out. 

David Stern joined The Dan Patrick Show to talk about stance on an expansion of the NBA, whether he has thought about a possible contraction in the NBA, what the NBA does to try to keep the Tim Donaghy book from coming out, and what the NBA does to try to keep the Tim Donaghy book from coming out.


Whether he studies the rosters to know who is playing on what team:

“You know I do read all of the preseason analyses just for kicks.  Whether it is down to the Sporting News, Sports Illustrateds, Slam, USA Today, you name it;  whenever the papers do an analysis of what the future holds for our teams I get a kick out of reading all of the predictions.”

His stance on an expansion of the NBA:

“Nothing on the agenda as we speak, period.  Certainly nothing domestically.  Internationally it is just fun to talk about because that always gets attention and we argue about it etcetera.  Nothing is happening in the short run.”

On whether travel would be the big stumbling block for a NBA team to be outside of the U.S.:

“No, we have to take ourselves and our growth too seriously.  We are more popular than some other sports and we are more popular than we used to be but that doesn’t mean that we are popular enough to sustain the right business model which requires selling 41 game at high prices, having great sponsorship and television arrangements, having enough arenas and having deep pocketed owners who want to jump into the pool with us.  So it is a long-term process and I think it is quite possible if not probable.”

Whether he has thought about a possible contraction in the NBA:

“Um it is any conversation about increased revenue sharing which is what we are doing and which there will be more of when we conclude our collective bargaining agreement.  Necessarily involves a hypothesis or the hypothetical of what if rather than paying more to certain teams we contract it but that doesn’t seem to be a realistic option.”

On what the NBA does to try to keep the Tim Donaghy book from coming out:

“Nothing. (Host: Can you do anything?) No in this day and age between publishers and internet, I am not sure if we want to.”

Why he thinks the initial publisher of Tim Donaghy’s book pulled back:

“I am not going to substitute my legal judgment for theirs.”

Whether he has read the excerpts:

“I have read the excerpts that were on Deadspin yes.”

On what jumped out at him from the excerpts:

“You know the only thing that jumps out at me is that any suggestion that the league itself was responsible for directing that scores be altered in some shape or form, which would itself, be the commission of crime.  It is simply not true.”

Whether he is forced to look into the allegations:

“At some point we are going to look into everything.  Anything that gets said, we are using this as an opportunity to button up whatever remains unbuttoned in the oversight of our officiating program.  On the subject that you may look into… We did it once before and we will do it again.”

David Stern on Dan Patrick talking about the Tim Donaghy book

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