One NBA player thinks he has an idea to help increase the games popularity. The NBA lags behind football as America’s most popular sport. Wizards Marcin Gortat thinks the answer lies in letting players fight when they get into on court scuffles.
I would say I would loosen up a little bit the rules about the fighting fines. That’s what I would loosen up. Because today you go to an ice hockey game, and the one thing they’re waiting for is a fight, you know what I’m saying? So if they could set it up something like that in the NBA. That if there are two guys and they have a problem, if they could just separate everybody. And these two people that have problem, if they could fight …
During the game. Quick, 15-20 seconds, throw few punches, then referees jump in and break this thing up. I think the game … these two guys, they resolved their problem. They’re both suspended and they’re leaving. But end of the day, they fix the problem between each other, fans are super excited, and I think that would be a pretty cool idea [chuckles].
One of the reasons I think the NFL is more popular than the NBA is the violence, the hits. That and the fact that there are only 16 regular season games. But back to the fighting, people like violence. I’m not really trying to see it that involved in hoops, but it would generate more looks.