Basketball's unsportsmanlike attitude

Why NBA teams are better off losing during a recession

In the NBA, 80 percent of the teams have no shot of winning a championship. Four teams are set to lose an unprecedented 75 per cent of their games, or more. And they don’t care. In fact, with the state of the economy, they’re better off losing. Making moves to improve their rosters would be too expensive. The New Jersey Nets recently tried to shop Vince Carter around, but found most teams had no interest in the expensive contract. Exploding salaries and profits were good in the boom times, but nowadays, they’re causing big problems for basketball.

The Wall Street Journal