The Reckless Pursuit of Dominion: A Situational Analysis of the NBA and Diminishing Player Autonomy

Academic Article


  • This Article examines required genetic testing of NBA players from a situational vantage point, integrating socio-psychological, legal, and ethical analyses. The core argument may be expressed as follows: required genetic testing of NBA players appears consistent with a broader and largely deleterious agenda by the NBA to control players. Since implementation of the rookie wage scale in 1995 through the recent imposition of a paternalistic player dress code, the NBA has increasingly usurped player autonomy. The NBA’s capacity to do so largely rests in its adroit manipulation of the situational influences that influence fans and media. For instance, because of unappreciated cognitive biases, fans and media often embrace distorted views of player’s maturity, arrest propensity, and collegiate experiences. As a result, NBA players tend to be wrongly identified as immature, out-of-control, and hopelessly uneducated. In turn, the NBA has designed policies that ostensibly remedy these feigned problems while less-detectably transferring autonomy from player to league. In short, the league sees that others often fail to see, and that enables it to surreptitiously control players.
  • Authors


    Publication Date

  • 2006
  • Keywords

  • Chicago Bulls
  • DNA Testing
  • Eddy Curry
  • HCM
  • NBA
  • confirmation bias
  • dress code
  • framing effect
  • genetic testing
  • impact bias
  • situational cognition
  • Start Page

  • 819
  • End Page

  • 860
  • Volume

  • 8