The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a worldwide league. It’s a league that produces the greatest basketball players in the world, who indeed make the most money. The NBA trade deadline, which is a pretty big event, ended this past Thursday, with the possibilities of major trades happening. Although major trades with big name players were on the trading block, for the most part, only minimal player trades happened this year. The league is struggling with this problem for the lack of trades because of the minimization of competition. As there is a new NBA TV deal, teams are now allowed to sign players to max contracts upwards to 30 million per year; which is giving teams the ability to stack teams with the league’s best players. This problem leaves lower skilled teams no choice but to tank the season to get good players in the draft, leaving the league in turmoil.
Consequentialism says acts are just because they maximize the amount of goodness in the world. The optimific action is the act that produces the greatest balance of benefits. The NBA is working on a way where they are able to control trades and money paid towards players to keep the league more competitive and exciting.
Utilitarianism can be described as the most predominant version of consequentialism and it has one ultimate moral standard of utility. It is to improve the overall well-being than any other action you could have done in the circumstances of maximizing goodness through moral decisions. The NBA needs to figure out what is intrinsically good and bad and weigh all the options for a final decision and to perform the action that yields the highest ratio of good to bad results.
With the trade deadline now passing, with deals that have been made, presidents of teams have hoped they have made the right deals that hopefully maximize the interest of the team and fans. But in regards to the league itself, Adam Silver the commissioner of the NBA has some work to do to try and figure out how to get the league equal in talent per team.