The Washington Wizards and the Nationals have agreed to pay players in the stadium $3 and $5 each to hate each other, league sources told The Hill.
Sources said the Nationals are looking to pay $3,500 to $7,500 per game to the team’s fans who hate their team’s players.
The league also plans to pay at least $3.5 million per year to players who hate each another in the league, sources said.
The league’s goal is to keep players from playing in the same stadiums for long periods of time.
The move is aimed at keeping players from going home and playing in opposing stadiums, the sources said, but there’s a risk that the players will end up going back to their home communities and the hatred will linger.
The money would go to a trust fund that will help players and their families through their recovery from the injuries sustained in the postseason, sources added.
The NBA announced in August that it will begin using its ticketing system to pay out money to fans who boo and attack their teams, including the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.