Legal experts comment on NBA's decision to fine Dallas Mavericks for resting players
The NBA recently fined the Dallas Mavericks $750,000/- for violating regulations conduct detrimental to the league in an elimination game against the Chicago Bulls on April 7, 2023. The NBA statement said:
“The Mavericks violated the league’s player resting policy and demonstrated through actions and public statements the organization’s desire to lose the game in order to improve the chances of keeping its first-round pick in the 2023 NBA Draft. The league did not find that the players who participated in the game were not playing to win.”
Given the integrity, regulatory and governance issues this case raises, we reached out to leading legal and sports integrity experts for their views on the fine and regulation violations.
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