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NBA Discloses New Flop Policy

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The NBA disclosed a new flop policy that will take effect starting this season. 

According to, “Flopping” is defined as any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player.  The main factor in determining a flop is the player reaction to the type of contact that is given.  Any act deemed an overreaction to contact will be called a flop.

Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson said “Flops have no place in our game, they either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call.”

Players that commits a flop will be subjected to the following penalties:

1st Violation-Warning

2nd Violation- $5,000 fine

3rd Violation- $10,000 fine

4th Violation- $15,000 fine

5th Violation- $30,000 fine

After that, the player will be subjected to either increased fines or suspension.  The league will announce another set of penalties for flops during the playoffs.


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