The Utah Jazz and the Carolina Panthers made a big splash, but at what cost?


Managing the Panthers and Jazz may all be in tanks mode, but that doesn't mean the players are either.

Managing the Panthers and Jazz may all be in tanks mode, but that doesn’t mean the players are either.
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Professional sports are like many other industries. The objectives of management and employees do not always coincide.

Employees – in the case of professional sports, players – look to perform as well as possible, and also look to gain as much wisdom as possible in their current position so that they can continue to improve. Management wants employees to do these things, but they always want it to be done in a way that manages costs and maximizes profits.

How this last part is achieved varies across professions, but in sports it may mean that it is in the best interest of the organization to lose the games. This is certainly the case for the Carolina Panthers and the Utah Jazz.

Their goals were not the same at the beginning of the seasons. The Jazz team gave up their best players, and all major contributors, with the exception of Jordan Clarkson and Mike Conley. In Charlotte, the Panthers saw a path to a supplement berth in a poor NFC with a strong defense and Christian McCaffrey return, so they captured the No. 1 in 2018 Baker Mayfield in a deal to play quarterback. What was sent in that deal, as opposed to what Jazz received in exchange for trading Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the price comparison is a bike to a Mercedes-Benz.

Six games later, the Panthers turned out to be in the same position as the Jazz – arguably the worst team in the league. So they went all out and replaced McCaffrey with the 49ers race in San Francisco. On Sunday, the Panthers’ next game, they pounced on rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a dominant performance, as former quarterback PJ Walker beat Tom Brady.

In Salt Lake City, through three games in the 2022-23 NBA season, the Jazz were one of four remaining unbeaten teams. They stifled one of the Western Conference’s pre-season favorites — the Denver Nuggets — in the season opener, notching two tough overtime wins against the Minnesota Timberwolves and New Orleans Pelicans. Playing some of the best basketball of his life – averaging 24 points per game – Clarkson is still a threat to heat up at any moment, and the Jazz still play only top scorers under 20 minutes per game. In the last season that Colin Sexton did not lose early due to injury, he averaged 24.3 points per game over 47.5/37.1/81.3 in the shooting splits.

The #1 overall pick award in the NFL and the NBA is really big in 2023. The best quarterback is Bryce Young, who looks like Patrick Mahomes, a final drive that looks like Patrick Mahomes far from being undefeated, and likely to Be one of the best players. Patrick Wimpanyama from France, who plays basketball like no one before him.

The Panthers and Jazz management have every right to believe that these two players can quickly make them one of the more relevant professional franchises, but in the event that they have a conflict of interest with the staff, there likely aren’t many players currently on the list. If the team wins the Final Prize: First Choice.

Losing is not fun at any level of competition. Nobody wants to train, and then expend game energy to just disappear over and over again. Even the athletes who make big bucks, their competitiveness is a big part of why they are so professional. Also, knowing that these bad teams they are currently working on are not likely to be their final stop in their career, they need to keep playing as much as possible so that they can continue to have a financially profitable career while they are the terrible team. He is currently playing in order to achieve or not achieve the objectives of the tanks.

In the NBA, the Western Conference is pretty heavy with as many good teams as it is in the playoff places, so the jazz is more likely to be in the lottery. If they finish with one of the four worst records, they have the best odds on the #1 overall pick, and if they have the fifth worst record, they have a 12.5 percent chance against 14. The Jazz roster is lacking, they have veteran talent, and Danny Inge may have to find Way to get rid of some of that veteran experience to make sure of that and solidify jazz in the bottom five.

The Panthers have already lost five games, and before their surprise win in Week 7, it was three consecutive defeats in double digits. However, as bad as they sounded, staying in the depths of an NFL ocean required a steady descent. The Houston Texans seemed to be what was expected of them – the worst team in the league. Also, the hopes of a Detroit Lions transformation that started with an entertainment season of HBO strong blowsIt soon crashed. Also, the Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Jacksonville Jaguars could find themselves in that group of bad NFL teams.

Sure, players are happy and productive employees at the moment for Panthers and Jazz, but that doesn’t mean much for those franchises’ earnings in the future. They need stars to build around them, and next year, two of the biggest leagues are entering.

Getting one of these two would be considered a win for management, but all they can do is throw away the talent. In this profession, paradoxically, due to management’s control over players’ contracts that allows them to move as quickly as the bosses see fit, what they don’t control is how players work. The players’ job is to play hard and try to win, no matter how much the employers have to hide their disappointment with each victory.