So many things have been said about the National Basketball Association and how important it is to make sure the economic gain is not effected because of the entertainment it provides for its consumers. Obviously, there’s no doubt about the NBA being a business that generates a plethora of revenue and isn’t trying to lose any. However, is there a possibility the games may be rigged for money gain?
Was the league on the verge of allowing a possible sweep to happen in the 2017 finals, or has the Cleveland Cavaliers generated some money as an organization to save face for the NBA’s reputation?
During the post season, (playoffs and finals), as much as we focus on the actual games being played, it’s also about money. Big money. When it comes to accruing cash in the postseason, NBA teams profit off of it heavily. But talks have been on the table concerning how watered down the NBA has become, which makes winning easier for modern day teams.
This is a league-wide revenue sharing pool, built off of ticket sales. This money is used to award teams for hitting certain postseason benchmarks like best record, progressing through rounds, and of course, winning an NBA title. We’re already in the latter rounds of the postseason and the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors remain in contention for the Larry O’Brien Trophy and the right to call themselves NBA champions.
The NBA will award a total of $15 million to the league’s top teams this year, officials told FOXBusiness.com. This year’s Playoff pool is the largest in league history, surpassing last year’s tally of $14 million.
The winning team, whether it be CAVS or Warriors, in this year’s NBA Finals will earn $2,656,422, to be split amongst its players, coaches and staff members. The losing team gets a consolation prize of $1,760,210
The Warriors have already secured a sizable chunk of the league’s playoff bonus money. Golden State has already locked up more than $1.7 million, thanks to its league-best 73-9 record ($432,632), conference-best record, and appearances in all three preliminary rounds of the NBA playoffs.
A win against Cleveland wouldn’t just give Stephen Curry and his teammates their second consecutive NBA championship and it would push the team’s total postseason earnings above $4 million.
Personally, saying the NBA is fixed is a 50-50 ordeal. I believe there are two teams competing for the same trophy, and one team with five guys paying as one will be the champions. Regardless, if the league is a business, there are still teams that play their hearts out to accomplish the goal, and that’s winning. There’s nothing fixed, it’s just the way of the game.