Mark Cuban Drops Coin On Study To End Flopping 

Dallas Mavericks owner and Internet tycoon Mark Cuban’s“Stop The Flop” campaign has reached new levels. Some of the high-profile flopping incidents in these playoffs has undoubtedly pushed him over the edge.

NBA commissioner David Stern says the league needs to expand its anti-flopping rules with heftier fines and possible suspensions. In the meantime, Cuban is blessing Southern Methodist University with $100,000 for an 18-month investigation of the forces involved in basketball collisions to figure out if video can identify legitimate collisions and instances of “flopping.”

"The research findings could conceivably contribute to video reviews of flopping and the subsequent assignment of fines," SMU biomechanics expert Peter G. Weyand , who leads the research team, said in a statement.

Cuban tweeted: "Is it a flop? Let the scientists figure it out. I’m paying for the research to find out."

What’s next, brainwave studies and lie detector tests for referees, to determine if they play favorites?

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.