NBA Commissioner David Stern needs to have a press conference.
During that conference, he needs to grip the podium tightly and survey the media with the stoic and matter-of-fact nature with which he carries himself. And he needs to say, once and for all:
"Superstars get preferential treatment because they make more money for the league."
Today, without the press conference, he ended up saying it anyway. He said it through action, or rather through inaction, when he refused to upgrade Dwyane Wade's foul on Darren Collison last night from a Flagrant 1 to a Flagrant 2. By letting the call stand, Stern and the NBA proved that stars like Wade are safe from suspensions and ejections because of their ability to bring in ratings and money.