While NBA commissioner David Stern says the league needs to expand its anti-flopping rules, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is funding a study on the practice. One of Cuban's company has provided $100,000 to Southern Methodist University for an 18-month investigation of the forces involved in basketball collisions and try to figure out if video or other motion capture techniques can identify legitimate collisions and instances of flopping. "The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines," SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand, who leads the research team, said in a statement. Cuban tweeted: "Is it a flop? Let the scientists figure it out . im paying for the research to find out." Stern said Thursday that stronger flopping penalties will be on the agenda when the NBA's competition committee meets next week in San Antonio. This season, the league instituted a system that retroactively fined players for flopping after video review. But only five players were fined $5,000 in the regular season and seven more have been fined that amount in the playoffs.
Mavs owner Cuban funds flopping study
ESPN Dallas | Jun 7