Report: NBA approves stricter new resting policy

Report: NBA approves stricter new resting policy

The NBA Board of Governors approved on Wednesday new guidelines to strengthen punishments for teams that sit star players during national TV games and in-season tournament games, as well as when multiple All-Stars sit out regular-season contests together, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Teams will now be fined $100,000 for the first violation, $250,000 for a second violation, and $1 million more than the previous penalty for each additional violation, sources told Wojnarowski.

A star player is defined as someone who’s made an All-Star or All-NBA team in the past three seasons, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. By that definition, 25 teams and 50 players are impacted by the new rules this season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.

Teams must also avoid shutting down or reducing the roles of star players in a way that could influence the integrity of the game, according to a memo obtained by Wojnarowski.

The vote for the implementation of the new resting rule was unanimous, according to USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt.

The league’s competition committee reportedly recommended the policies on Monday.

This is the second measure the NBA has taken this year to mitigate load management. In April, the league and the players’ association agreed to a new collective bargaining agreement that requires players to make at least 65 appearances in order to qualify for top individual awards, such as the Most Valuable Player.

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