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The NBA announced that it will begin fining teams that rest healthy players for nationally-televised games. It may sounds like a decent idea at first glance, but this new rule is too easy to avoid to have any real impact. All players would have to do is fake an injury. Commissioner Adam Silver might then be forced to hire impartial third-party doctors to avoid fake injuries, which is unlikely. So this new rule is nothing but lip service.
Yahoo Sources: NBA implementing new resting policy for 2020-21 season with teams prohibited from resting healthy players for any high-profile, nationally-televised game and violation could result in a fine of at least $100,000.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 7, 2020
Here’s the funniest part of their new rules:
Yahoo Sources: On new Player Resting Policy, absent unusual circumstances, team should not rest multiple healthy players for same game and teams should not rest healthy players on road. And in situations when teams decide to rest healthy player, player should be visible to fans.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 7, 2020
“in situations when teams decide to rest healthy players, those players should be visible to fans.”
The purpose of this Player-Resting Policy is to keep fans, who come out for games, from feeling slighted that they didn’t see LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo. It makes sense, but there’s no real way to force players to play. The rule applies only to primetime games anyway.
Third party doctors
Imagine how many sudden hamstring injuries we’ll be hearing about minutes before tip-off? NBA teams invest hundreds of millions of dollars into their assets and aren’t going to let a policy get in the way of protecting these cash cows. If they have to lie to their audience to give their star the rest they see fit, so be it.
The only way Adam Silver can force players to tell the truth about their health is by hiring doctors who won’t work for any individual team. Such doctors could then examine resting players with some degree of impartiality. That won’t happen though, and players are still going to play whenever the analytics say they should.
Both those who love the NBA and those who hate it realize that the league has become too calculated. Teams already plan to sit their stars coming off back-to-backs or long road trips, which is bad for the game. Sports leagues care less and less about keeping fans happy and more about making money. If Commissioner Silver wants to make this game better, he’ll need to implement rules these teams can’t avoid so easily.
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They should have an injured list of some sort similar to MLB.