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League tells teams contact with player means $1 million fine

Jul 1, 2011, 9:10 AM EDT

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The NBA is not kidding around about this lockout stuff.

The league has told the owners and team officials that any contact with a player during the lockout will bring a $1 million fine on the organization, according to Ric Bucher of ESPN.

Marc Spears of Yahoo provides even more details on the contact ban.

The league gave team officials a long list of people connected to players that they can’t communicate with, including agents, family members, personal staff, workout guys and shoe representatives. Several sources said the league office is intent on cracking down on any violations, proposing hefty fines to teams and individuals and possibly even firings. If team officials have a chance encounter with players, they are ordered to record details of the meeting and report it.

Summer is the time of year when coaches can help their new rookies get acclimated to the system, or in the case of new coaches start reaching out to their players to have them learn what is coming. Players getting rehab in the summer after an injury or surgery often work with the team trainer to get healthy. A lot of players do a lot of their off-season training at team facilities — Blake Griffin can be found at the Clippers complex almost every day.

Not any more. Any contact like that is a $1 million fine for the teams.

That’s going to be especially frustrating for the coach that gets hired in Detroit soon, or the one hired in Minnesota down the line, guys who will have no contact with their players until this all ends. Whenever it all ends.

  1. tashkalucy - Jul 1, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    I showed up here to comment because of the NFL strike. Don’t follow the 3 team MLB (Red Sox, Yankees, Phils – as ESPN and the rest of he national media cover the sport). And got tired of going to ProFootballTalk and seeing a bunch of strike negotiation rumors along with silly tidbits like where players are working out, and who said what about a player on a radio talk show. Not Florio’s fault – I tune in to see the coming and goings of teams what teams in the league are doing on the field…but they’e not on the field.

    But now the same thing is happening with the NBA. All these pictures of Stern and Hunter along with nonsensical comment’s they make trying to get fans to take one side or the others, only to unify at some point in the future to tell us how swell the other side is when they want to take our money again. Who cares?

    Good luck Kurt and the others. Sorry you won’t have anything to write abut for the next year-plus. It would have been nice if you told he fans the truth – the battle is the owners that are in debt up to their eyeballs – most of whom have no one to sell their teams to – on one side, and the players along with their agents, national TV (ESPN/ABC and TNT) and sponsors that use the NBA as their personal ATM without having to invest any of their own money to buy a team. The players – using their agents, ESPN and their sponsors (primarily Nike) have already turned a private league into their personal AAU teams….i.e. it’s their playground and the all-stars control who plays on which teams and who gets to keep playing on the court….the all-stars monopolize the court most of the day, the younger guys can take it when the sun starts setting, and if a few of hem become good those guys can et a shot on the all-stars team when they walk away from the playground.

    This one is going to be like the NHL year-long shutdown. The players have been coddled so by their business partners and coaches that suck up to them to make their livings, that they actually believe that the world revolves around them. Same as the NHL players did years ago. Owners losing tens of millions of dollars a year and having no one out there that wants to buy their franchise, tend to figure out pretty quick that they’ve been had and are not going to play the fool much longer. And most importantly, the fans in those markets realize that the field is not level, and there is no use being loyal to their local team, the star players are just to to up and leave claiming they “have to do what;’s best for my family” – the same players that don’t marry or live with the mothers of their children, and sign contracts for the same or even less then the fans team offered them.

    Bottom line – MLB is for the large markets and a playtoy of the players, their agents TV and the sponsors. The fans in the other markets will take what they’re given and like it.The NFL is a product for the fans, teams in all markets have a chance if their front offices and coaching staffs do well in acquiring players and coaching them up. The NBA has been becoming MLB for years now.

    The NBA is totally out of control. I expect a year will not be enough to bring reality to the league.

    • eazye76 - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:06 AM

      Didn’t realize the NFL players were on strike…

      • tashkalucy - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:22 AM

        I can understand that.

        Did you know that the sun sets in the west? Probably never realized that either.

      • bsandcs - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:37 AM


        actually, the NFL players are not on strike. i believe easye was being sarcastic. the last time NFL players were on strike was 1987. this is a lockout out which is completely different. as different as the sun setting in the east. you probably never realized that.

      • tashkalucy - Jul 1, 2011 at 11:07 AM

        Whether you call this a “lockout” or a “strike” is exactly semantics.

        Unions in professional sports are not exactly made up of people working long hours in sweatshops for meager wages. We’re not talking about the need for child labor laws.

        In the case of both the NFL and NBA, the union reps and owners have been negotiating for years. The poor union workers make more in a year on average than the average American makes in a lifetime.

        For the last 10 years most Americans in the private sector (public employees also live in fantasyland, which is why most states, municipalities and the federal government are bankrupt) have had to take “give backs” to keep their jobs – in short, one accepted a steep pay cut or their employer released them. In the case of both the NFL and NBA, the players refused to take any sort of meaningful give back. (They agreed to take less of a raise in the future and called it a pay cut – the same technique the federal government has been using for years that is soon to cause an economic calamity that will doom the future for Americans for at last the next 20 years). Fine. You can call this shutting down of the businesses a lockout or a strike. I don’t care.

        The point is that professional athletes and their agents live in a world so far removed from the average American that it is no longer feasible for the average American to spend time following the stuff.

        No one speaks clearly anymore in situations like this. Everything is spun and twisted. I saw a study recently where over 70 of first year college students could not distinguish between fact and opinion. And the percentage was over 45% fo college graduates.

        You can have you NBA, reality shows and people eating human feces on cable TV shows (giggle, giggle). It’s sad to see how low America has sunk in my lifetime. Most of the readers here are so backwards, they don’t realize that they’re the customer.

    • denverhoopdreams - Jul 1, 2011 at 2:08 PM

      Really cannot see why you felt like typing all of this out.. because a majority of it is nonsense. I’m sure you put a lot of hard work into both of your posts, but really… what a waste of time.

  2. edmazeing1 - Jul 1, 2011 at 10:13 AM

    U no mark cuban already got his check book out!!!

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