We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What is the value of a shot clock in basketball? In terms of keeping the flow and tempo of the game up, it's worth quite a bit. It prevents teams from stalling and keeps fan interest high.
But what is the cost of the shot clock? Is it worth having a clock at all?
Not in certain regions of the country, because the school conferences recognized even something as seemingly inconsequential as a clock may have costs which outweigh their value. It's basic math. Too bad it can't be isn't applied to more policies in our nation.
The strategy of stalling isn't gone, it's just revised. Both versions of the game have tremendous strategic tensions. My reason for posting had nothing to do with the game, though. It's the perceived value and ability of the clock generating more interest in the game versus it's cost.
It's a small change. But at that level of the game it is pure cost with little gained.
Every decision we make in life has to have this analysis applied. Sometimes a small change yields big returns, as it did in the pros. But every change, however small it is believed to be, carries a cost.