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Source: NBA Board of Governors approve tougher rest rule

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The NBA Board of Governors on Wednesday voted to approve tougher resting policy rules and punishments for star players who sit out games -- including those on national TV and in-season tournaments -- as well as multiple All-Stars sitting out together in regular-season games, a source told ESPN.

Teams must refrain from any long-term shutdown -- or near shutdown -- when a star player stops participating in games or plays in a materially reduced role in circumstances affecting the integrity of the game, per a memo obtained by ESPN.

The rule would ultimately give the league office authority for greater oversight over discipline for missed games and an ability to fine teams over $1 million for each instance of violating resting rules, sources said.