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NBA reveals once-secret constitution and by-laws

Apr 30, 2014, 9:22 AM EDT

Adam Silver Adam Silver

Once secret and mysterious, the NBA constitution is now available for anyone to read.

The league posted the document to its media website yesterday after announcing Donald Sterling’s lifetime ban. NBA commissioner Adam Silver pledged transparency, and this was a nice step toward it.

Really, the move comes with no apparent harm. The advantage is the NBA’s fans will better understand the league and become more engaged.

Did Silver have the authority to ban Sterling? Read the constitution, and decide for yourself. Then, consult an attorney to explain how many different ways the rules can be interpreted.

A lot of it is trivial – “The name of this Association shall be the National Basketball Association” – but there are a few interesting nuggets if you read closely. Among them:

  • The NBA collects 45 percent of ticket revenue from each playoff game and then uses a portion of it to pay players and coaches.
  • NBA teams must ensure nobody enters referees’ dressing rooms without permission of the referees.
  • A traded player is paid for the day of his trade by the trading team – unless the receiving team activates him for a game that day. Then, the receiving team pays him.

Check it out and see what piques your interest.

  1. phillyguyindc - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Cloudy at best. Silver did what he had to do to satisfy players leaving it up to the courts to say otherwise thus escaping blame.

    • ranfan12 - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:37 PM

      David Stern taught him well

  2. goodtogo28 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:17 AM

    btw, where’s the outrage when that buffoon shaq made fun of a disabled person on instagram. proof is in the picture and that clown still hasn’t apologized for it. get this idiot off tv for his disgusting behavior. 7 foot pile of garbage for degrading a disabled person publicly. this moron is no better than that waste of a human being donald sterling.

    • au1978 - Apr 30, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      Shaq definitely needs to apologize for being a buffoon. If the disability advocates really start to rally on this, he very well may end up going bye-bye. He’s messed up the chemistry on the show anyway.

    • antistratfordian - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM

      There’s so many outrageous things happening in the world all the time that some are going to fall through the cracks. We can only handle so much outrage at once.

      But Shaq will get his due if the public deems it offensive enough.

  3. azarkhan - Apr 30, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Adam, Miss Simonetti disagrees with your decision:

    asimonetti88 – Apr 29, 2014 at 5:34 PM
    Not sure why it’s weird. It’s a legal document between the owners, there’s no reason for it to need to be public.

    • phillyguyindc - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:16 PM

      I think they put it out to show people that they can’t really kick him out.

  4. drewsylvania - Apr 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Anything in there that says that the NBA can’t fire their plebs for engaging in private conversations similar to Sterling’s?

  5. Phil - Apr 30, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    Where does the other 55% of the playoff ticket revenue go?

  6. musketmaniac - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    although I am against racism, I happen to be a huge fan of privacy. This will end in a huge mess, forcing someone to sell his property without breaking any laws. If they overpay big time now. maybe

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