Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs
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Greg Popovich, head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) San Antonio Spurs (Spurs), decides to rest his three aging star players during a highly-anticipated game against the NBA champion Miami Heat (Heat). Miami fans have paid a premium for tickets to the game. Many intend to bring their children to see the young, upstart Heat face the much older, but still highly-competitive Spurs. This is a Thursday night game, nationally-televised by the important sponsor of the NBA, TNT. Not to have the Spurs’ stars in the game is very disappointing to fans and to the NBA itself. Popovich needs to decide whether it's right to rest his players, and what to say to the fans and to the NBA.
- To entertain a discussion of the ethical issues that inform sports leadership.
- To allow students to explore the importance of messaging in sports leadership, especially in the complicated area of ethics.
- To give students a chance to prepare a media statement and to conduct a media interview that requires a subtle handling of an important ethical issue.
Arts, Entertainment, Sports and Recreation
United States, Large, 2012
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