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NBA teams banned from using wearables data in contract negotiations, player transactions

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NBA teams will be limited in how they can use their access to data collected from wearable devices on their players, according to the new collective bargaining agreement between the league and players association.

The data may be used for player health and performance purposes along with team on-court tactical and strategic purposes only. And after National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts had heard from agents about teams using the data during contract negotiations, the new seven-year agreement that takes effect on July 1 will attempt to put an end to that.

“The data may not be considered, used, discussed or referenced for any other purpose such as in negotiations regarding a future Player Contract or other Player Contract transaction (e.g., a trade or waiver) involving the player,” according to the CBA, which adds that a grievance arbitrator will have the authority to impose a fine of up to $250,000 to any team that violates the provision. 

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