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Pro basketball to adopt compliance programs: A case study

David D. Dodge ( is the CEO of Sports Officiating Consulting LLC, in Carlsbad, California, USA.

Whether it was by design or happenstance, the Dallas Mavericks and the National Basketball Association (NBA) responded quickly earlier this year to an explosive story about the corrosive culture in the Mavericks’ front office. The results are remarkable. Not only did the Mavs promptly engage an independent law firm to investigate all allegations of wrongdoing, but the NBA seized the opportunity to put its stamp of approval on the recommendations in the investigators’ report. The NBA soon followed up by directing all of its league members to develop programs that have many of the essential elements of a model compliance and ethics program. Here’s the story.

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