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Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

Posted on: July 20, 2011 7:14 pm
Edited on: July 20, 2011 7:46 pm
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Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

It's about time.

Yahoo! Sports reports that the NBA has levied fines to two teams for violating the league's gag order, which states that team executives are not to have any contact with, or make public reference to, any current NBA players without pre-approval from the league office. 
The NBA's fined two undisclosed teams for speaking on players in media during lockout, league source says. Kahn's a good bet as one of them.
Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn was indeed the most obvious violator of the league's gag order. Last week, Kahn called a press conference to announce the firing of coach Kurt Rambis. During the question-and-answer portion of the press conference, Kahn specifically referenced center Brad Miller and point guard Ricky Rubio by name, and his comments were broadcast on a live streaming video feed on NBA.com/Timberwolves.

Another possible recipient of a fine is Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who conducted a radio interview in Portland, Oregon, and made reference to multiple members of the Trail Blazers before cutting the interview short, apparently by someone reminding him of the gag order.

Many observers have decried the NBA's gag order as a petty, ridiculous policy. It probably is that. As noted last week, though, failing to enforce the policy would be worse for the league and its owners than the policy itself.
Until someone gets fined, and fined big, violations of the gag order will continue ad nauseum. Each time a coach or team executive accidentally steps out of line, the NBA looks less and less in control and united.

In the public's eye, they start to look like they're full of it. Why should the Average Joe believe the NBA is losing millions of dollars a year if the league won't follow through on its promise to fine people? Say what you mean and mean what you say. Hammer the offenders or offer a really, really good explanation for why you didn't. Otherwise, the impression is that you're tough-talking bullies who don't need to be taken seriously.
In the past, the NBA has reportedly threatened teams with a $1 million fine for violating the gag order, however the size of the fine in these cases is not yet known.
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Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:08 am
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

Dentition?  What is that?  Detention for dentists?



Since: May 31, 2011
Posted on: July 21, 2011 9:02 am
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

No wonder NBA teams can't make any money. Stern keeps fining them at a 1 million per pop.

Sounds like we are in third grade and we can't talk about 2nd graders or we will get dentition.




Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: July 21, 2011 1:26 am
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

Who are the current NBA players?



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

I heard that Carlisle interview last week. it was really ackward how quickly he wrapped it up and got off the air. It was like someone sent him a message ans told him to shut his pie hole. The interviewer replayed the ending several times and kept saying that he hoped Carlisle wasnt going to get fined.



Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 10:18 pm
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

I've been a lifelong diehard NBA fan and I am just fed up with the league.  I am considering not watching next year if they play or not.  I know my 4 tickets a season, season pass and merchandise may not be much but I hope I am not alone.  These people don't even want to meet until August only to avoid interfering with vacations.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: July 20, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

The league's chief complaint is that most of their teams are losing money but yet have imposed these absurd rules with even more absurd dollar amounts attached to these fines, but hey every team is broke so really should they even be able to afford these fines? This whole NIGHTMARE, I mean lockout just keeps sounding more and more contradictory and hypocritical to me. 



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:20 pm
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

Don't ever think you can ever be 100% honest.
See what happens?  Holy Cow!



Since: Aug 1, 2010
Posted on: July 20, 2011 8:18 pm
 

Report: NBA fines teams for gag order violations

Damn.  It's just like being married.  Don't ever think you can ever be 100% honest.  They lull you and convince you of their 'openess' and then "wamma jamma" your hammered into poverty.  


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