NBA poised to raise tampering fines dramatically

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, addressing what the league called a “widespread perception that many of the league’s rules are being broken on a frequent basis” when it comes to tampering, salary cap matters and the timing of free agency discussions.

The league wants fines raised in part to reflect the 600% increase in league revenue and the 1,100% increase in franchise value since the fine ceilings were last touched in 1996.

In addition, teams will have to require its governor, top basketball operations executive and negotiators to certify annually that they did not talk to free agents or their representatives before the league rules allow.

And with every player contract signed, each team’s governor will have to certify that no unauthorized benefits were offered and no rules were broken.

The Athletic first reported the memo’s existence.


NHL suspends Kuznetsov 3 games

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for “inappropriate conduct,” less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine at the world championship in May.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman met with Kuznetsov and union representatives on Monday. Kuznetsov will not appeal.

• The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. Spurgeon, 29, set career highs last season of 14 goals and 29 assists.

Motor sports: Brittany Force broke the NHRA national Top Fuel time record in qualifying for the Mopar Express Lane NHRA National in Mohnton, Pa. Force had a 3.623 second pass at 331.61 mph.

Obituary: Larry Garron, an AFL All-Star running back for the original Boston Patriots, has died at 82. No details were available.

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