HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Reports indicate that the Houston Rockets have been fined for violations of league tampering rules due to a series of stories that were crafted and produced by the organization’s website which analyzed the play of free agents.
The stories on the Rockets’ website pertaining to the free agents did not cite potential destinations for them and offered no analysis of the team’s interest in any particular player; however, additional reports indicate that those stories, since removed, did offer statistical analysis of about 70 NBA players.
In addition to the Rockets being fined, the Atlanta Hawks were reportedly penalized for sending an email to season-ticket holders, stating that ticket sales would go up if they signed basketball players Chris Paul and Dwight Howard.
ESPN’s Marc Stein made reference of the fines on his Twitter account:
No teams or fines were listed in league memo. But Hawks fined for letter to season-ticket holders. Rockets fined for stories on team website
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 10, 2013
The identity of the third team fined was not disclosed at the time of this report. The Houston Rockets were further fined with what officials close to the incident called a “small” amount.