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All NBA players receive fan mail in care of their teams. You can write to your favorite player in care of his team to request an autograph, fan club information, or personal Web address. Please be aware that NBA players have busy schedules and sometimes may be unable to fulfill every request. Contact information is available by clicking the “Contact Us” link on each team’s Web site. For a list of team sites, visit http://www.nba.com/teams/.
The official NBA game rules for the 2008-09 season can be viewed by visiting http://www.nba.com/media/2008-09-NBARuleBook.pdf. (You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file.)
For a list of approved rule changes for the 2008-09 season, please visit http://www.nba.com/2008/news/10/23/instantreplay.release/index.html.
For the 2008-09 Referee Guide, please visit http://www.nba.com/media/2008-09-RefereeGuide.pdf.
In the case of two teams finishing with identical regular-season records, the following criteria is utilized, in descending order, to determine which team receives a higher playoff seeding:
• Which team had a better win percentage in games against each other
• Which team had a better win percentage against teams in their own division (only if tied teams are in the same division)
• Which team had a better win percentage against teams in their own conference
• Which team had a better win percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in their conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)
• Which team had the better win percentage against teams eligible for Playoffs in opposite conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)
• Better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents.
If more than two teams are tied, then the following criteria are applied, in descending order, to determine playoff eligibility:
• Which team had the better win percentage in all games among the tied teams
• Which team had the better win percentage against teams in their own division (only if all tied teams are in the same division)
• Which team had the better win percentage against teams in their own conference
• Which team had the better win percentage against teams eligible for playoffs in their own conference (including teams that finished the regular season tied for a playoff position)
• Which team had the better net result of total points scored less total points allowed against all opponents
All NBA players are members of the National Basketball Players Association, a labor organization. The association works closely with the NBA to negotiate player salaries, benefits, and working conditions. All players are covered under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA, a document that is updated periodically. The current CBA covers players until 2011. To read the CBA, visit http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles.php.
For information about NBA Cares, please visit http://www.nba.com/nba_cares/.
Launched in October 2005, NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility initiative that establishes places for children and families to live, learn and play.
If your organization is seeking a donation from the NBA, such as merchandise, tickets, or funding, please fax a description of your needs and/or event on your organization’s letterhead to the attention of NBA Community Relations at 212-407-7919.
NBA League Pass is a regular-season package that provides subscribers access to games not shown in their local viewing area. League Pass is available through DIRECTV (1-800-DIRECTV) and DISH Network (1-800-333-DISH), as well as most cable subscribers. If you have digital cable, call your local cable provider or 1-888-SPORTS-IN to subscribe.
Blackouts occur when a game is televised by a national network or your local sports station. If a game is blacked out, simply check your local listings to find the correct channel.
NBA League Pass Broadband is the online version of NBA League Pass, which lets satellite or digital cable subscribers access NBA games online at no extra cost. NBA League Pass Broadband is also offered on a stand-alone basis for non-television subscribers in a separate package. The NBA League Pass blackout rules also apply online.
For more information about NBA League Pass online, please visit http://www.nba.com/leaguepass/index.html.
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For broadcast listings of NBA international events (excluding Toronto Raptors home games), please consult our Global Programming Listings:
A 2008-09 schedule is available for download at http://i.cdn.turner.com/nba/nba/.element/ssi/1.0/sect/schedule/NBA_0809_Schedule.pdf.
Individual game tickets are available by visiting our official Web site, www.nba.com/tickets. You can also purchase tickets at the NBA’s official ticketing partner, Ticketmaster, at www.ticketmaster.com. Further information regarding ticket plans is available via the NBA ticket hotline at 1-800-4NBA-TIX (1-800-4622-849).
The 2009 All-Star Game, along with NBA All-Star Saturday Night events, are not open to the general public. However, you will be able to purchase tickets to attend the Celebrity All-Star Game and the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam. Fans will also be able to visit the 16th NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas, which will feature a 450,000-square-foot interactive basketball theme park. Jam Session will be held Feb. 11-16 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets for all events will be available in early January at the Convention Center Box Office, US Airways Center Box Office, at select Ticketmaster locations in Phoenix and online at www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information on NBA All-Star 2009, please visit http://www.nba.com/suns/news/as09_faq_080228.html.
A limited number of tickets for the 2009 NBA Draft will be available through the Madison Square Garden Box Office and via Ticketmaster beginning in mid-June. For more information regarding 2009 NBA Draft tickets, you can visit the box office at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York, NY 10001, or call Ticketmaster at 212-307-7171. You can also purchase tickets via Ticketmaster’s Web site, www.ticketmaster.com.
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You can retrieve your forgotten password on the sign-in page of the NBA All-Access Member Center. Just click the "Forgot Password?" link, then enter your email address. Your password will be emailed to you. Unfortunately, you cannot recover a forgotten member name. If you can't remember your member name, try using your email address. If you still can't remember your member name, you'll have to sign up for a new All-Access membership.
There are several excellent and reliable sources of information on NBA history. The Official NBA Encyclopedia – last published in 2000 – includes special chapters on NBA history and profiles of many of the game’s greatest players. You can also visit www.nba.com/history/, or on “Hoopedia: The Basketball Wiki”, to learn about the NBA on-line.
Official NBA, WNBA, and D-League merchandise can be purchased online at http://store.nba.com/, as well as licensed local and national retail outlets. The NBA Store, located in New York City, carries the largest selection of NBA, WNBA, and D-League merchandise in the world. Visit NBA Store NYC (5th Ave) - www.nba.com/nycstore for information about store hours, directions and a calendar of events.
You can apply for open positions by visiting www.nba.com and clicking on Career Opportunities - www.nba.com/careers . For inquiries into open positions with individual teams, please visit their Web site for team contact information.
Most players enter the league through the NBA Draft after many years playing organized basketball. However, all NBA, WNBA, and NBADL teams hold open tryouts at least once per year. If you are interested in attending open tryouts, please visit www.nba.com and click on “teams” to find tryout session information.
You can also visit http://www.nba.com/dleague/ for NBA Development League tryout information, as the league and each of its teams hold open tryouts every year.
For tips on how to improve your game, visit www.nba.com/roundball, where you can watch videos of NBA legends teaching the fundamentals of the game.
USA Basketball is the non-profit national governing body for men’s and women’s basketball in the United States. USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams for International Basketball Federation (FIBA) sponsored international basketball competitions and some national competitions. To learn more about USA Basketball, please visit www.usabasketball.com.
An NBA Team may assign a player on its active list or inactive list to an NBA Development League (NBADL) team at any time, if the player has one year or less of service. Upon NBADL assignment, the player is placed on the NBA Team’s inactive list, and reports to the NBADL team. The NBA team can call the player back whenever they’d like. Each player is limited to three NBADL work assignments over the course of one NBA season.
For more information on the assignment process, visit the Collective Bargaining Agreement chapter on the D-League at http://www.nbpa.com/cba_articles/article-XLII.php.
Prior to the 2004-05 seasons, the NBA expanded to 30 teams with the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats. We have no plans to expand further in the immediate future.