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CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS of THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION May 29, 2012 i TABLE OF CONTENTS Interpretation 1 CONSTITUTION Page 1. Name of Association 5 2. Principles of Organization 5 3. Conflicts
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CONSTITUTION and BY-LAWS of THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION May 29, 2012 i TABLE OF CONTENTS Interpretation 1 CONSTITUTION Page 1. Name of Association 5 2. Principles of Organization 5 3. Conflicts of Interest 5 4. Application for Membership 7 5. Transfer of Membership 8 6. Limitations on Indebtedness Relocation Arenas Certain Playing Site Relocations Territory Resignation of a Member Bankruptcy of a Member Termination of Ownership or Membership Procedure for Termination 27 14A. Consequences of Termination Alternatives to Termination Dissolution Amendments Board of Governors Meetings of the Board of Governors 33 ii Page 20. Notice of Meetings Quorum Vote Required at Meetings Alternatives to In-Person Meetings Authority and Duties of the Commissioner Deputy Commissioner Vice Presidents Secretary Treasurer Salaries of Officers Indemnification of Commissioner and Employees of the Association 31. Capital Contributions Additional Capital Contributions Playoff Payments Members, Their Powers and Responsibilities Misconduct 44 35A. Misconduct of Persons other than Players Penalties for Failure of Team Appearance Bonuses Protest Rule Changes Effective Time Official Statements Fiscal Year No Third Party Beneficiaries Affiliates and Subsidiaries 55 41 iii Page 45. Conflict Waiver Litigation Costs 56 BY-LAWS SECTION 1 CHAMPIONSHIP Conferences Standings 59 SECTION 2 ELIGIBILITY OF PLAYERS Good Character Eligibility Formal Contract Consequences of Ineligibility 60 SECTION 3 CONTRACTUAL MATTERS Title to Player Contracts Filed Documents Violations 61 SECTION 4 INTRA-ASSOCIATION ASSIGNMENT OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS Trading Dates/Compliance 61 iv Page Trade Procedures Full Disclosure Allocation of Obligations Additional Trade Rules 64 SECTION 5 INTRA-ASSOCIATION WAIVER OF CONTRACTUAL RIGHTS Waiver Right Waiver Price Waiver Procedure Waiver Period Waiver Preferences Players Acquired Through Waivers Additional Waiver Rules 67 SECTION 6 PLAYER LISTS AND ROSTERS Player Lists Active List Inactive List Playoff Eligibility Suspended List Minimum Number of Players Hardship Voluntarily Retired List Armed Services List and Returning Servicemen 71 v Page Effect of Waiver on Player Lists Transfer Between Player Lists 73 SECTION 7 NBA DRAFT Draft Date Draft Preferences and Choosing Players First Round Draft Choice Contact with Prospective Draftees Additional Rules Concerning Draft 76 SECTION 8 MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS Exhibition Games Regular Season Game Television and Gate Receipts Protection for Referees 77 SECTION 9 TELEVISION CONTRACT TERMS Mandatory Television Contract Terms 78 SECTION 10 RADIO CONTRACT TERMS Mandatory Radio Contract Terms 79 CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS OF THE NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION 1 INTERPRETATION (a) For purposes of this Constitution and By-Laws of the National Basketball Association, the following capitalized terms shall have the following meanings: (1) Active List shall mean the list of Players who have signed player contracts with a Member and are otherwise eligible to participate in a Regular Season Game in accordance with Section 6.02 of the By-Laws. (2) Armed Services List shall mean the list of those Players who have entered the Armed Services and are serving on active duty. (3) Association shall mean the National Basketball Association. (4) Entity shall mean any corporation, partnership, limited liability company, trust, unincorporated association, sole proprietorship, or other organization. (5) Exhibition Game shall mean any game in which an NBA team participates other than a Regular Season Game or a Playoff Game. (6) Governor or Alternate Governor shall mean a person who has been appointed by a Member as a member or alternate member of the Board of Governors of the Association in accordance with Article 18. For purposes of this Constitution and By-Laws, any action that may be taken by a Governor may be taken in his or her absence by an Alternate Governor appointed by the same Member, and such action shall have the same force and effect as an action taken by the Governor. 2 (7) Inactive List shall mean the list of Players who have signed player contracts with a Member but are otherwise ineligible to participate in a Regular Season Game or a Playoff Game, in accordance with Section 6.03 of the By-Laws. (8) Member shall mean a person or Entity that has been granted a Membership in the Association. For purposes of this Constitution and By-Laws, an action on behalf of a Member by any of its Owners, employees, officers, directors, managers, agents or representatives, or its Governor or Alternate Governors, shall be the action of a Member. (9) Membership shall mean the rights, privileges, and benefits granted to a Member by the Association, including, without limitation, the right to organize and operate a professional basketball team to play in the league operated by the Association. (10) NBA Draft or Draft shall mean the process by which Members select certain incoming NBA players. (11) NBA Draft List shall mean the list of those Players who have been selected in accordance with the NBA Draft. (12) Owner shall mean a Member and each individual or Entity (including both the trustees and beneficiaries of any trust) that, directly or indirectly (including through one or more intermediate Entities), owns of record or beneficially an interest in, or has effective control over, a Member or its Membership. (13) Player shall mean either a person carried on any Player List of a Team or, where the context permits, a person eligible to be carried on any such Player List. (14) Player List shall mean any of the following lists referred to herein: Active List, Inactive List, Suspended List, NBA Draft List, Voluntarily Retired List, and Armed Services List. (15) Playoff Game shall mean any game included in the Association s schedule of playoff games during a Season. (16) Playoff Roster shall mean the list of fifteen (15) Players from each Member who have been designated as eligible to compete in Playoff Games in accordance with the By- Laws. (17) Prospective Owner shall mean any person or Entity that directly or indirectly owns, seeks to own, or has been identified to the Association as a prospective owner of, an interest in an applicant for Membership under Article 4 or a proposed transferee under Article 5. (18) Referee shall mean a person employed as a game official by the Association. (19) Regular Season shall mean the period beginning on the day of the first Regular Season Game of the Association s schedule and ending at the end of the day on which the last Regular Season Game is played. (20) Regular Season Game shall mean any game included in the Association s schedule of regular season games during a Season, and shall not include Playoff Games or Exhibition Games. (21) Season shall mean the period beginning the day of the first Regular Season Game of the Association s schedule and ending at the end of the day on which the last Playoff Game is played. 3 4 (22) Suspended List shall mean the list of those Players who, for proper cause, have been suspended by the Association or by the Member having the right to so suspend, and have therefore been removed from the Active or Inactive Lists of their Teams. (23) Team shall mean the professional basketball team organized and operated by a Member to play in the league operated by the Association. (24) Voluntarily Retired List shall mean the list of those Players who have formally retired as players in the Association. (25) Writing or Written Notice shall mean any written communication delivered personally or sent by certified mail (return receipt requested), facsimile, internationally recognized overnight courier service, or electronic mail system utilized by the Association. (b) All references to Articles or Sections shall be references to the Articles and Sections of the Constitution and By- Laws, as they may be amended, modified, supplemented, or restated from time to time. (c) Terms for which meanings are defined in this Constitution and By-Laws shall apply equally to the singular and plural forms of the terms defined. Whenever the context may require, any pronoun shall include the corresponding masculine or feminine form. The term including, whenever used in any provision of this Constitution and By-Laws, shall mean including without limiting the generality of any description preceding or succeeding such term. Each reference to a person or Entity shall include a reference to the successors and assigns of that person or Entity. CONSTITUTION 5 ARTICLE 1 NAME OF ASSOCIATION The name of this Association shall be the National Basketball Association. ARTICLE 2 PRINCIPLES OF ORGANIZATION This Constitution and By-Laws constitutes a contract among the Members of the Association. This Association is organized to operate a league consisting of professional basketball teams, each of which shall be operated by a Member of the Association. The Association and each of its Members shall be subject to the oversight and control of the Board of Governors of the Association as set forth herein and shall be governed by the Constitution and By-Laws, rules, regulations, resolutions, and agreements of the Association, as they may be modified or amended from time to time. The Association shall not be operated for profit. ARTICLE 3 CONFLICTS OF INTEREST (a) No Owner, or director, officer, manager, coach, employee, agent or representative of an Owner, shall (i) hold a position with, or directly or indirectly exercise control or any management authority over any other Member or Membership, or (ii) hold any direct or indirect financial interest in any other Member or Membership, unless, in the case of this clause (ii), (x) the facts in connection with such financial interest are disclosed in detail in an application provided to the Commissioner by the applicable Owner and, in addition to any approvals that may be required under Article 5, such interest is 6 expressly approved for purposes of this Article 3 in accordance with the approval procedures set forth in Article 5(f) and 5(h)(i) and (ii), or (y) such interest represents less than one percent (1%) of any outstanding class of securities that are publicly traded on any generally recognized stock exchange or over-the-counter market. (b) No Owner shall, directly or indirectly, lend money to or become a surety or guarantor for any Member other than a Member in which it owns an interest, any Player of any Member other than a Member in which it owns an interest, any Referee, the Commissioner or any other employee of the Association, except that Owners that engage in commercial lending as a principal business activity may enter into such lending, surety, or guarantee arrangements with such other Members or persons if (i) such arrangements are disclosed in detail to the Board of Governors and approved by three-fourths (3/4) vote of all Governors, or (ii) such Owners do not have effective control of a Member, the lending, surety, or guarantee arrangements are between the Owner and a Player, Referee, or employee of the Association, and such arrangements are on terms customarily offered to similarly situated individuals not affiliated with the Association. (c) Neither the Commissioner nor any Referee nor any other employee of the Association shall, directly or indirectly, hold stock or have a financial interest in any Owner or lend money to or become a surety or guarantor for any Owner. (d) No Owner, or director, officer, manager, coach, employee, agent or representative of an Owner, shall hold any direct or indirect financial interest in, any position with, or directly or indirectly exercise any management authority over, any other professional basketball association or league or any member or team thereof, unless the facts in connection with such financial interest, position, or management authority are disclosed in detail to the Board of Governors and approved by a three-fourths (3/4) vote of all Governors; provided, however, that the foregoing prohibition shall not preclude any such financial interest that represents less than one percent (1%) of any outstanding class of securities that are publicly traded on any generally recognized stock exchange or over-the-counter market. This Article 3(d) does not apply to financial interests in, any executive position with, or any management authority over, a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League. 7 ARTICLE 4 APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP (a) Each applicant for Membership shall make a written application to the Commissioner specifying the city that the applicant wishes to represent in the Association. Upon receipt of such application, the Commissioner shall have the right to require from the applicant and each Prospective Owner, and the applicant and each Prospective Owner shall furnish to the Commissioner, such information as the Commissioner shall request about the application, the applicant and each Prospective Owner, any persons or Entities with which the applicant or any Prospective Owner is associated or affiliated, and such other matters, whether or not confidential, as the Commissioner shall deem relevant in his sole discretion. The applicant and each Prospective Owner shall also execute, deliver, and perform and shall cause such other parties (including their respective controlled subsidiaries and affiliates) as the Commissioner shall direct to execute, deliver, and perform such documents in such forms as the Commissioner shall prescribe. (b) The Association shall have no obligation to consider any application that is submitted under this Article or to solicit applications from more than one applicant for any potential new Membership. (c) All applications shall contain a binding agreement of the applicant and each Prospective Owner providing that if the application is approved by the Association, the applicant and each Prospective Owner shall be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws, 8 rules, regulations, resolutions, and agreements of the Association, and any modifications or amendments thereof. (d) Upon receipt of any application for Membership in the Association that the Association wishes to consider, the Commissioner shall conduct such investigation thereof as the Commissioner deems appropriate. Following the completion of such investigation, the Commissioner shall submit the application to the Members for approval, together with such information as the Commissioner deems pertinent. Each Prospective Owner must be approved by the affirmative vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4) of all Governors at a meeting duly called for such purpose. (e) Each application for Membership shall be accompanied by a certified check in the amount of $1,000,000 (the Application Fee ). If the application for admission is accepted, the Application Fee shall be used to pay the fees, costs, and expenses (including attorneys fees) incurred by the Association in considering the application and all related matters, and any remaining balance shall be applied as a credit against the Membership fee to be paid by the applicant. If the application for admission is denied, the Application Fee shall be used to pay the fees, costs, and expenses (including attorneys fees) incurred by the Association in considering the application and all related matters, and any remaining balance shall be repaid to the applicant. There shall be no obligation to pay interest on any Application Fee submitted to and held by the Association. ARTICLE 5 TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP No Membership, nor any direct, indirect, contingent, or convertible interest therein (regardless of the size of the interest), may be sold, pledged, hypothecated, assigned, or otherwise transferred or encumbered (each a transfer ) in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, except in accordance with and subject to the following provisions of this Article 5: (a) An application requesting approval of a transfer must be made in writing to the Commissioner by the applicable Member (on behalf of the transferring Owner) promptly after an agreement with respect to such transfer has been reached. The Commissioner may waive this requirement and accept an application directly from a Prospective Owner that has a security interest previously approved by the Association in the interest proposed to be transferred or when, in the Commissioner s sole judgment, the best interests of the Association would be served. (b) Upon receipt of such application, the Commissioner shall have the right to require from the transferring Owner, and the transferring Owner shall furnish or cause the proposed transferee to furnish to the Commissioner, such information as the Commissioner shall request about the transfer, the proposed transferee and each Prospective Owner, any persons or Entities with which the transferee or any Prospective Owner is associated or affiliated, and such other matters, whether or not confidential, as the Commissioner shall deem relevant in his sole discretion. The transferring Owner and its proposed transferee and each of its Prospective Owners shall also execute, deliver, and perform, and shall cause such other parties (including their respective controlled subsidiaries and affiliates) as the Commissioner shall direct to execute, deliver, and perform, such documents in such forms as the Commissioner shall prescribe. It shall be the obligation of the transferring Owner to ensure that the Commissioner timely receives all information that the Commissioner may request under this Article 5. (c) Any agreement to transfer an interest in a Member or Membership, and any application requesting approval of such transfer, shall include a binding agreement of the proposed transferee and each of its Prospective Owners stating that if the transfer is approved by the Association, the proposed transferee and each of its Prospective Owners (and each of their respective controlled subsidiaries and affiliates) shall be bound by the Constitution and By-Laws, rules, 9 10 regulations, resolutions, and agreements of the Association, and any modifications or amendments thereof. (d) An application requesting approval of a transfer of an interest in a Member or Membership equal to or larger than ten percent (10%), or such smaller interest as may result in a change of control over such Member or Membership, shall be accompanied by a certified check from the transferring Owner to the order of the Association in the sum of $50,000 to defray all expenses (including, but not limited to, attorneys fees) incurred by the Association in investigating, reviewing, and processing the application. Following the disposition of any application, the Association shall repay to the applicant the sum of $50,000, less all expenses incurred in connection with the application. If these expenses exceed $50,000, the additional expenses shall be assessed against the Member and promptly paid to the Association. (e) With respect to an application requesting approval of a transfer of an interest in a Member or Membership of less than ten percent (10%) (other than a transfer that would result in a change of control over such Member or Membership), all expenses incurred by the Association in investigating, reviewing, and processing the application (including, but not limited to, attorneys fees) shall be assessed against the Member and promptly paid to the Association. (f) Upon receipt of an application requesting approval of a transfer, the Commissioner shall conduct such investigation as the Commissioner deems appropriate. Upon the completion of the investigation, the Commissioner shall submit the proposed transfer to the Members for approval, together with all information in respect thereto that the Commissioner deems pertinent. A transfer shall only become effective if approved by the affirmative vote of not less than three-fourths (3/4) of all Governors at a meeting duly called for such purpose. (g) The Commissioner s
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