Breaking News: NBA Implements First Ever Anti-Flopping Rule
NBA attempts to regulate the "flop."
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: David Stern over-reaches and blows it again.
The NBA came out with the first ever attempt to regulate the "flop." This rule is not only poorly implemented, but also poorly conceived. This could easily be the stupidest thing the NBA has done since they hired David Stern. No, I'm not a fan.
The new rule states:
"Flopping" will be defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player. The primary factor in determining whether a player committed a flop is whether his physical reaction to contact with another player is inconsistent with what would reasonably be expected given the force or direction of the contact. Physical acts that constitute legitimate basketball plays (such as moving to a spot in order to draw an offensive foul) and minor physical reactions to contact will not be treated as flops.
Any player who is determined to have committed a flop during the regular season will be subject to the following:
Violation 1: Warning
Violation 2: $5,000 fine
Violation 3: $10,000 fine
Violation 4: $15,000 fine
Violation 5: $30,000 fine
If a player violates the anti-flopping rule six times or more, he will be subject to discipline that is reasonable under the circumstances, including an increased fine and/or suspension.
Well, that seems pretty straight forward, but the devil is always in the details. The details of this is that the NBA isn't going to tell you what plays were deemed fine-worthy. What? How's that possible you ask? Well, the NBA thinks that would disrupt the flow of the game (they're right), so instead, they decided they'd handout fines after the game, but never tell the player or the media what play they were getting fined for. Hmmm, that seems wonky, so how can a player appeal you ask? They can't. Is that illegal against the current NBA Players Association agreement? Yup. Is implementing new rules without discussing it with the player's union illegal? Yup.
NBPA Executive Director Billy Hunter stated that, "The NBA is not permitted to unilaterally impose new economic discipline against the players without first bargaining with the union. We believe that any monetary penalty for an act of this type is inappropriate and without precedent in our sport or any other sport. We will bring appropriate legal action to challenge what is clearly a vague and arbitrary overreaction and overreach by the Commissioner's office."
The Players Association will file its grievance with the NBA league office and its unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.
Well done, David. You have managed to attempt to regulate a part of the game that didn't need regulation and in the process break a couple of laws, piss off the players, and accomplish nothing. I'm ready for the season to start. How about you?
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