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The NBA Missed The Point On Tampering

Last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced new anti-tampering regulations. These restrictions come on the heels of a very active free agency period, in which we saw more than $1.4 billion in new deals announced within the first 90 minutes of the formal negotiation period. Today on the show, we break down how these new regulations are likely to impact the league and question whether the league is focused on the right issue.

We’re in the final week of the MLB regular season, and a few wild-card races are coming down to the wire. We take a look at the teams still jockeying for a spot in the postseason and who we see hosting the trophy at the end of it all.

In celebration of the premiere of the 39th season of “Survivor,” our Rabbit Hole dives into the surprising performance of athletes in reality television.

What we’re looking at this week:

  • A comprehensive analysis of the NBA’s new tampering restrictions from The Washington Post.
  • Neil’s analysis of the Rays’ unique struggle to make the playoffs.
  • Our MLB predictions model is keeping a close watch on this final week.
  • A preview of “Survivor” contestant and former Olympian Elizabeth Beisel, who will make her debut on the show Wednesday.

Grace Lynch is the former producer of Hot Takedown.

Sara Ziegler is the former sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Neil Paine was the acting sports editor at FiveThirtyEight.

Geoff Foster is the former sports editor of FiveThirtyEight.

Emily Scherer was FiveThirtyEight’s senior designer.