NBA Set to Impose Stricter Resting Rules for Star Players
In an effort to address concerns over star players frequently resting in nationally televised and in-season tournament games, the NBA is set to implement new and stricter rules and punishments. The league’s board of governors is expected to approve the plan, granting the league office increased authority over missed games and the ability to fine teams over $1 million for violating resting rules.
The push for these changes comes from NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who is seeking to increase player participation as the league negotiates a new media rights deal. Under the proposed rules, star players – defined as those who have made the All-Star or All-NBA teams in the previous three seasons – will be required to participate in a minimum of 65 regular-season games to be eligible for postseason awards.
The fine system for teams will start at $100,000 for first offenses and will increase for subsequent offenses. The league office will enforce these policies through independent medical reviews and investigations. Teams will be expected to ensure that no more than one star player is unavailable for the same game, and star players must be available for national television and in-season tournament games.
To maintain the integrity of the game, teams will be discouraged from implementing long-term shutdowns or reducing the roles of star players. Rather, they should aim to balance the number of one-game absences for star players in home and road games, with a preference for absences occurring in home games. Additionally, healthy players who are resting for a game must be present and visible to fans.
The NBA will provide scenarios for excused absences, including pre-approved designated back-to-back allowances for older players or those with significant career workloads. This signifies a move towards individualizing resting plans and ensuring that players who have accumulated a heavy workload are given appropriate breaks.
These new rules aim to strike a balance between player rest and maintaining the competitive nature of the game. By imposing stricter regulations and penalties, the NBA hopes to address concerns from fans and media regarding the increasing trend of star players missing important games. As the league’s board of governors is expected to approve the plan, these changes could soon be seen in action during the upcoming NBA season.
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