Posted June 07, 2013

Mark Cuban is funding flopping research

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Mark Cuban is funding research to help define flopping rules in the NBA. (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Mark Cuban is funding research to help define flopping rules in the NBA. (Photo by Ray Amati/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is providing $100,000 to Southern Methodist University for an 18-month study on the physics of flopping. The study will investigate the forces involved in collisions to physically define a “flop” in order to to expand anti-flopping rules in the NBA.

Currently, if a player is found to be flopping on a play, the player will be warned about the play. The league fines the player $5,000 for the second offense, $10,000 for a third offense, $15,000 for a forth offense and $20,000 for a fifth offense.

“The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines,” SMU biomechanics lead-researcher Peter G. Weyand said.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said “there was always a challenge” of getting the flopping rules right and the current anti-flopping policy isn’t sufficient in attempting to police flopping in the NBA.


12 comments
Bailaddon
Bailaddon

If they review the game tape and determine the player flopped after the fact then make it a personal foul that carries over to the next game.

stuberk625
stuberk625

"... fourth ...", not "...forth (sic) ...", John Otano!

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

If I had showed up with a new approach to "flopping" on his reality business show....would he have flopped me the money?

RobertJacke
RobertJacke

Give me a break Mark, givinf a 100,000.00  for 18-month study on the physics of flopping. An average NBA fan knows when a player is flopping/ acting....you this is going to take 18 months....you and your money are a joke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can see who is flopping/ acting by just watching NBA games

doghockey
doghockey

@RobertJacke Mark Cuban loves to tweak the folks at the NBA home office, have fun with his money, and get under the skin of yellers and screamers who take this stuff so seriously.   Once again he has succeeded, and if you don't yet realize it, you fall into category # 3.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Couldn't he give that money to me via 'The Shark Tank'? I have an idea for getting women to shine their shoes instead of buying new ones every time they get scuffed.

6marK6
6marK6

Cuban has too much money

Mr. J
Mr. J

@6marK6  Don't worry about Cuban with your broke a$$!....Get a job!

geoAZ
geoAZ

So Cuban cares more about the integrity of the NBA than Stern and his clown management team...no surprise !! 

Anaximenes1
Anaximenes1

flopping in the nba---worse than pro soccer.  $5000 fine?  get real--these players make $10-$30 million per season--they laugh at this chump change fine.