How Tinder is changing the game for many NBA players


DYLAN PADY, Sports Editor | [email protected]

Tinder launched in 2012 and has been changing the way NBA players score. Modern-day basketball teams are putting up more numbers than ever before as they are able to maintain a clear, competitive focus even on a long string of games on the road.

The case of the matter is, when players used to compete on the road, they would often spend all night at the clubs, celebrating and having fun. A lot of players have began to replace nights on the town with local matchings on Tinder.

In the 1997-1998 season, road teams only won 32 percent of their games before the dawn of MySpace or even YouTube. The application was released in 2012 and was registering millions of “swipes” by 2014. Also by 2014, road teams in the NBA’s win percentage increased to a whopping 42 percent.

The game is certainly changing and I’m not denying that players are much better than they were in the past. But to protect their multi-million dollar careers, partying and staying out has almost began to fall off for many professional athletes.

In 1993, Michael Jordan was caught out at two in the morning gambling in Atlantic City, just before game two of their series against the New York Knicks. NBA players were infamous for their partying habits, but some kept it more in control than others.

Modern NBA teams are always looking to maintain a positive image for their fanbase. The players’ Tinder habits are simply making them better role-models by cutting the drinking and partying.