Following up this earlier story about the lack of employee involvement, the NBA has decided to go back to their old basketball.
From this article (no longer available):
Without consulting the players, the NBA surprisingly ditched the leather basketball that had been used for some 35 years and switched to a new synthetic basketball before this season. The move was met with constant complaints, with some players saying the ball was too slippery, while others said it cut their fingers and hands and didn't bounce off the rim correctly.
The NBA finally succumbed to the players' wishes.
“Our players' response to this particular composite ball has been consistently negative and we are acting accordingly,” NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement. “Although testing performed by Spalding and the NBA demonstrated that the new composite basketball was more consistent than leather, and statistically there has been an improvement in shooting and scoring, and ball-related turnovers, the most important statistic is the view of our players.”
So employee opinion won out over expert testing. A bit belated, but respect for their employees?
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