Changing the rules in sport for viewers $$$
There seems to be a growing trend around sports to change/alter the rules to make it more attractive to viewers and hence boost revenue.
Lets start off with cricket, we have seen bats become much thicker, flat pitches and bringing in boundaries. Why was this done? Simple, to increase scoring via more 6s, more 4s and making the batsmans life much easier.
Who suffers? The bowlers. The balance between bat and ball in cricket is so far out of wack that many purists believe that test matches will be gone in 10 years.
Why did the ICC allow this? there seems to be a thought that all people want to see is offense, this will result in more people watching and hence all the benefits for $$$. Administrators seem to be the ones making this change even though they might be destroying the sport for there own pockets.
The same for major league baseball where they lowered the mound, shrunk the ball parks and juiced the balls for guess what? More offense.
The same for the NFL, protection of the qtr back and changes in rules for the linesman.
This brings me to the NBA. There seems to be a following trend here. Hand checking rules were put in for one reason only, to allow the offense an advantage. We see a large amount of travelling not get pulled, moving screens not get pulled up, defenders not get rewarded for taking a charge. There seems to be a same thought process as in cricket. More offense, higher scores will lead to more viewers and hence more revenue and bigger bonuses for the execs.
Do people want to watch a genuine contest between BOTH sides of the ball? Or are humans just interested in watching taking lambs to the slaughter?