Regulations on the local, state and federal levels are on the rise and this is putting a lot of pressure on compliance efforts of Small and Medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and exposing the fact that these organizations can only avoid costly fines and/or lawsuits by maintaining strict compliance throughout their information management processes.
I found the recent fines levied by the NBA on two players – Kobe Bryant and Joachim Noah as a good lesson on the cost of non-compliance.
The NBA has consistently fined players who were in non-compliance of its rules and these violations range from the serious to what one could argue is the absurd – like kicking a ball in frustration, or throwing a basketball into the stands in celebration of a win.
Here is a sample of violations that could get an NBA entity in trouble:
- derogatory slurs, flagrant fouls, speaking out against or complaining about poor officiating, altercations during a game, making comments about the collective bargaining negotiations, violating team rules,;
- contact between NBA personnel and underclassmen, receiving 16,18 and 20 technical in one season [A player is automatically suspended for 1 game for his 16th, 18th, 20th etc technical foul in the regular season];
- shoving another player in the face during a game, escalating an altercation, throwing a ball at a referee during a game, missing a shoot-around, fighting with a teammate, verbally abusing a referee;
- leaving the court during a game, improper conduct toward a referee (whatever that means), conducting illegal draft workouts, failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection;
- removing jersey on the court, asking publicly to be traded or released, throwing a basketball into the stands during game.