The NBA's anti-flopping penalties could be set for arbitration after the NBPA rejected comments made by the NBA commissioner.
David Stern, the NBA commissioner this week recommended that the anti-flopping rules saw no changes as they were working well, but the NBPA and it's president Derek Fisher rejected these claims.
In a statement made by NBPA interim executive director Ron Klempner whilst talking to CBSSports.com, he confirmed: "We are now in the process of scheduling a case with our arbitrator to determine whether the NBA is allowed to unilaterally impose discipline in an area that exceeds the commissioner's authority without the consent of the union,".
The policy on flopping, which imposed a warning followed by an increasing fine per each occurrence of flopping has seen positive results with the amount of flops decreasing over the past year.
In terms of figures, 19 players received a warning and five received $5000 for their second offences. Third, fourth and fifth offences could incur fines of $10,000, $15,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Klempner also added: "It's a subject they need to bargain with us, and we hope that the arbitrator will find that any type of discipline must be collectively bargained.
Any chance of an arbitration case could be avoided if the league and the union can reach a compromise on the penalties before the situation reaches the arbitral tribunal.
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