(BVM) — The NBA has faced an epidemic of star players sitting out games. On Wednesday, new rules were put in place to help prevent this.
ESPN Source: The NBA Board of Governors has voted to approve new rules strengthening resting policy rules and punishments for star players that include national TV games, in-season tournament games and sitting out multiple All-Stars together in regular season games. https://t.co/uEu5tFdeok
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 13, 2023
This is everything you need to know about the new changes and how it will affect the league going forward.
What are the rules?
Players are no longer allowed to miss nationally televised games due to rest. This also includes the brand new in-season tournament.
There will also be a balance set for allowing players to rest in home and away games, with the league wanting to prioritize players playing in the latter. When a player does rest, they now must be visible to the fans while on the bench.
Two stars on the same team are no longer allowed to rest on the same night as well.
The final integration of the new plan is that situations of players that are “shut down” will be monitored by the league in hopes of keeping honesty in the game. The end of the Dallas Mavericks season that resulted in a top-10 draft pick would likely fall into this category.
How will the league enforce this?
A team will receive a $100,000 fine for its first violation. A second violation will result in a $250,000 fine. Any additional violation will be met with a $1 million fine.
How does the league define what a star is?
A player that has been named an All-Star or that has been an All-NBA selection within the last three seasons is considered a star player.
Which teams will this affect the most?
Any team with an aging star will likely feel the effects of this. An organization can no longer prioritize the health of an older player, which will ultimately benefit the fans in the long run.
The Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Lakers are all teams that have older cores and they have all taken advantage of being able to rest their veterans in the past.
But also keep in mind the players that have vague, lengthy injuries.
If a player misses a significant period of time due to any type of designation that includes “soreness”, it will likely be looked into by the league.