Chris Paul Trade Veto vs. Bountygate
Match-up: David Stern spent much of the NBA lockout preaching it's bearing on the basis of competitive balance. Then, the first order of post-lockout business was Chris Paul's trade from small market New Orleans to the stalwart Lakers. Oops. Stern promptly vetoed the trade on the grounds of being exposed as a disingenuous jerk.
When Saint coaches were recorded advocating the purposeful injury of players for reward, Goodell responded by suspending half the team without cause. In September, an arbitration panel overturned four player suspensions calling the commissioner's authority into question.
Winner: David Stern
David Stern vetoed what was a pretty worthwhile trade for New Orleans. The Hornets would have plated Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, Lamar Odom, Goran Dragic, and a first-round pick from the Knicks in exchange for Paul. Stern not only needlessly asserted himself on the NBA, he did it in a way that negatively affected a team he was trying to help. It's one thing to think you know what's best for everyone, it's quite another to act upon it with absolute power. That sort of ego masturbation takes a certain type of jackass.