The NBA has revealed the first details of the league’s new “inclusionary rule” that will see some players banned from using social media for five years.
It will mean that players on teams with less than 100 players will be required to “opt in” to social media to stay in the league.
But the rule is unlikely to be widely adopted, and the NBA is unlikely even to begin enforcing it in its current form until 2020.
The rule is designed to ensure teams are playing by the rules.
It would allow players to get a shot to be considered for games played outside the league if they are active for a maximum of 15 days.
But that won’t be the case until 2021.
The league has announced the inclusionary rule in an update to its rulebook on Tuesday, adding that players who have a “substantial” role in their team’s success, such as the coaching staff, need to be included on their team if they “lead or contribute to the team’s overall success”.
The rule would also see teams banned from “spending time in the same place in-game, social media or otherwise engaging in activities that might be deemed inappropriate”.
There is a lot of confusion around the new rule.
What exactly is “substantially” involved?
How do teams get banned from spending time in certain places in-form or on social media?
How long will it last?
The new rule will see the NBA combine its existing rules for team-level play and for player availability and will require teams to submit a plan to the league about the players they’ll be “in” and “out” of.
The league is not saying which players will get banned, only that they will be banned from playing.
But the rule will mean the NBA will be able to ban players who are not “active” for 15 days in the following year.
So what will happen if a team is banned from doing something for 15 years?
The rule will be “temporary” for a five-year period, meaning the ban will be temporary.
In 2019-20, there will be an adjustment period.
Players will be allowed to return to participating in team activities for five games a year, but not “participate in or supervise team activities” during that time.
But in 2020-21, the rule would be “repealed”.
Players who are “retired” from the NBA and do not play for another team will be automatically reinstated.
If the NBA decides to make a change, the changes will be implemented over the next two years.
The new rules will also see the minimum age of entry for a team to become a team member increased from 19 to 21.
That will mean players will now have to have a minimum age (18 or 19) to join the team.
The minimum age will also apply to teams with “non-traditional” players.
Under the new rules, “non traditional” players will need to sign up for a minimum of 15 games a season to be eligible for the league, but will not be required.
It means the NBA would have to change its rules to ensure the league is inclusive of players with “substandard” skills.
So how much of an impact will the rule have?
The rules were introduced in an attempt to stop teams from spending too much time in social media.
“Inclusionary rules” are designed to prevent players from spending “excess time” on social platforms, including Facebook and Twitter, and to ensure players have the ability to opt out of social media, if they feel it is inappropriate for them to be in the NBA.
The NBA has not specified exactly how many games will be played per season, but the league has said “approximately 150 games per season”.
There will be no cap on the number of games a team can play.
However, it will be up to teams to “act in accordance with the rule, to the best of their ability” and to “establish and maintain appropriate processes to ensure that the rule applies to their particular teams”.
The rule change will see teams allowed to spend up to three games a day on social, but only “to the extent that it is necessary to be doing so for training or conditioning purposes”.
But the NBA has said that, for example, if a player wants to do something that is “trendy” on Twitter, he will have to wait to join a team unless he signs up for “substance abuse” and is “not part of a social media team”.
“It is a balancing act,” said NBA vice president of basketball operations Andy Miller.
“We want to make sure that we don’t have players that are not contributing to the health and well-being of our players and our league, so we want to have those players in the locker room.”
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