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NBA Establishes New Anti-Flopping Penalties

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  The National Basketball Association will fine players for flopping beginning in the upcoming 2012-2013 season.

"Flopping" is a term used for players' exaggerated falls to the floor through contact made on the court.

The league has announced that fines will be issued to players for repeated violations of flopping.

Players who flop the first time will get a warning, but fines will increase with each violation that follows.  The fines start at $5,000 for a second violation, $10,000 for a third violation, and $30,000 for a fifth violation.  Six or more fines could lead to a league suspension.

Those exaggerated falls to the floor might fool the referees during the game, but officials at league headquarters plan to take a look afterward to see if there were any serious flops.

Hours after the league announced the new penalties, the National Basketball Players Association said it planned to file a grievance with the NBA and an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board.

The NBA does not expect the union's legal challenges to have a big effect on the anti-flopping program.

The league said it will announce a separate set of flopping penalties for the playoffs at a later date.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio.

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