NBA institutes new player participation policy for 2023-24 forward

The NBA‘s board of governors has approved a new “player participation policy”, set to be effective from the start of the 2023-24 regular season onwards per a release from the league. This policy aims to increase player participation in the NBA’s regular season and will replace the previous player resting policy, which was put in place before the 2017-18 season.

The primary focus of the player participation policy is on star players, who are defined by the league as those who have been selected to an All-NBA Team or an NBA All-Star team in any of the prior three seasons. This definition also applies to players named All-Stars during the current season after the All-Star Game.

Under this new policy, teams are required to ensure that star players participate in games unless they can provide an approved reason for a player’s absence.

The push for this policy is to help ensure that no more than one star player is unavailable for any high-profile, national television games, and with rest split evenly between home and away contests. It was also created to encourage teams resting a healthy player to ensure that the player is present at the games and visible to fans.

Exceptions to these requirements are made for injuries, personal reasons, and pre-approved restrictions on back-to-back games based on a player’s age, career workload, or serious injury history.

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Story originally appeared on Celtics Wire