• Petitioned David Stern

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National Basketball Association
David Stern

Penalize player flopping with fines and suspensions

    1. Joe Batterman
    2. Petition by

      Joe Batterman

      Chicago, IL

The National Basketball Association has done a tremendous job of growing basketball into one of the world's most popular sports. 

Unfortunately an ugly side of the game has emerged in the form of player "flopping": exaggerating or in some cases even completely manufacturing contact for the benefit of a foul call.  David Stern and the NBA have watched this go on for far too long.  As the game is currently officiated, those who play fairly are the ones being penalized.  There's no incentive not to flop, and that has to change.

The fault isn't on the referees here.  It's just too hard in real-time to determine who's acting and who's actually getting hit.  The onus for fixing this falls on the commissioner and the league. 

My solution mirrors what ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy suggested recently: correct the problem after the fact.  Any team should be able to send video of an alleged flop to the league office.  If the office determines it was in fact an acting job, then that player should be fined a certain dollar amount.  After X number of offenses, the player in question should be suspended for a game.

Believing that we can completely eliminate this problem would be naive, but fines and possible suspensions will make players think twice, and if nothing else should eliminate the most blatant and egregious cases.

I love the NBA more than anyone rationally should.  Let's make a difference and save the game before it's too late.

If you agree, share the link everywhere you can.  http://www.change.org/petitions/national-basketball-association-penalize-player-flopping-with-fines-and-suspensions

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Day 1

      Joe Batterman
      Petition Organizer

      This site tells me the first 100 signatures are the hardest to get, so I'll consider 200 in the first day a success. Hopefully it'll grow from here. I've got ideas if we get enough people involved. (For example, I've got the league office's phone number. Let's all leave David Stern a voicemail with some recommendations.)

      So thanks everyone for signing and forward along to your friends, post it on facebook, and tweet it to celebrities who like the NBA and have a ton of followers.

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Matthew Boydston PLAINWELL, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      Get rid of flopping please!!!!!

    • Neil Wagler HILLSDALE, MI
      • over 2 years ago

      The MVP was just given to one of the most prominent floppers in the NBA. Pathetic, and thats without mentioning blake griffin.

    • Donald Butler, Jr. FLUSHING, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Between the new technical rule and every game looking like a new Matrix movie with horrid CGI...I can't even watch NBA ball anymore.

    • Kasey James CHARLOTTE, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      Jeff Van Gundy said it best.. there needs to be fines/penalties for these pathetic flops and it starts in the front office. the NBA will become a joke and irrelevant like soccer in america if it keeps getting worse. better yet, lets start a petition to get that clown stern to get the boot..

    • Scott Fithian CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      flopping ruins the game like the pathetic acting jobs on the soccer field do. thye should accumulate points like flagrant fouls do


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