NBA Officially Announces New Anti-Flopping Rules, Fines

By Staff  |  10/03/2012

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The NBA officially adopted an anti-flopping policy Wednesday (October 3), following news of rules being discussed over the issue last week. According to, a new rule has been instilled, which would fine repeat "flopping" offenders this season.

Any player who flops during a regular-season game will be subject to a series of penalties, beginning with a warning for first-time violators. After the warning, players will be fined in increments of $5,000 for each additional flop over the course of the season. The fines increase to $30,000 for a fifth offense.

Additionally, the NBA stated it would consider suspending any player who violates the anti-flopping rule more than five times in the regular season. A separate set of penalties for flopping during the postseason would be announced at a later date.

"Flopping" has become a big issue among fans over the past few seasons. The term describes the art of falling down when little or no contact was made in an effort to trick referees into calling a foul. The league defined flopping similarly as well, as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player."

"Flops have no place in our game," Stu Jackson, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, said in a written statement. "They either fool referees into calling undeserved fouls or fool fans into thinking the referees missed a foul call.

"Accordingly, both the Board of Governors and the Competition Committee felt strongly that any player who the league determines, following video review, to have committed a flop should -- after a warning -- be given an automatic penalty."

The league defined flopping as "any physical act that appears to have been intended to cause the referees to call a foul on another player" in an official release.

Commissioner David Stern has long sought to end flopping, believing it tricks the referees. But the league determined it would be too difficult for refs to make the call on the floor, preferring instead to leave it to league office reviews. Jackson's department already reviews flagrant foul penalties to determine if they should be upgraded or downgraded.