Re­ports: NBA set to vote on rais­ing tam­per­ing fines

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Sports -

NBA teams could be fined up to $10 mil­lion for tam­per­ing and up to $6 mil­lion for en­ter­ing into unau­tho­rized agree­ments with play­ers, a per­son with knowl­edge of the league’s plans told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Saturday.

Other max­i­mum-fine lev­els could be raised sig­nif­i­cantly as well, pro­vided the league’s board of gov­er­nors ap­proves the mea­sures Sept. 20. The league sent a memo to teams on Fri­day de­tail­ing the pro­posed fines, ac­cord­ing to the per­son who spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the de­tails were not to be re­leased pub­licly. The Ath­letic first re­ported the memo’s ex­is­tence.

Play­ers can also be fined up to $250,000 for en­ter­ing into unau­tho­rized deals.

Char­lotte Hor­nets owner Michael Jor­dan agreed to sell a large piece of the team to New York­based in­vestors Gabe Plotkin and Daniel Sund­heim, the team said. The deal does not in­volve Jor­dan giv­ing up ma­jor­ity own­er­ship of the fran­chise, sources told The Char­lotte Ob­server. Plotkin and Sund­heim need to be ap­proved by the NBA, and that process is un­der­way, the Ob­server re­ported. The sale is ex­pected to close quickly.

The Toronto Rap­tors un­veiled a new line of team-branded hi­jabs as part of an ef­fort to be more in­clu­sive to fans of all cul­tures. The or­ga­ni­za­tion was in­spired to cre­ate the hi­jabs by a lo­cal Mus­lim women’s or­ga­ni­za­tion known as the Hi­jabi Ballers, who play bas­ket­ball at a com­mu­nity court as­so­ci­ated with the team.


Ran­dall out for Browns: Cleve­land start­ing safety Da­mar­i­ous Ran­dall will miss Mon­day night’s game against the New York Jets. He prac­ticed the past two days but re­ported to the team’s fa­cil­ity Saturday with con­cus­sion-like symp­toms. He has been placed in the league’s pro­to­col for head in­juries.

The Browns also said de­fen­sive end Chris Smith re­turned to prac­tice fol­low­ing the tragic death of his girl­friend, Pe­tara Cordero. She was stuck by a car Wed­nes­day morn­ing while stand­ing next to Smith’s ve­hi­cle af­ter a tire mal­func­tion.

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