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cba agreement ideas(given)
intresting article on ideas for the cba agreement..
Fortunately there is a way to satisfy both sides in the NBA, and keep the core of the soft cap system. The owners can get a larger slice of the pie, and the players can get some benefits they would like. Here is how:
1. Players are currently guaranteed at least 57 percent of all revenues by the owners. Lower that figure to 54 percent. That is a huge concession, and the following changes make that a likely outcome.
2. The salary cap is set at 51 percent of basketball-related income for every team. Lower it to 49 percent of basketball-related income. This is immediately important because is sets the rate for maximum salaries.
3. Set the maximum salary at 27.5 percent of the salary cap. (The rate is currently 30 or 35 percent, depending upon a player’s length of service.) This will produce considerable savings.
4. Have the luxury tax kick in at 10 percent over the salary cap. (That would have been $64 million this season, rather than $70 million.)
5. The luxury tax increases from 1-to-1 to 2-to-1 for salary levels that are more than 20 percent over the salary cap.
6. The luxury tax revenues are divided evenly among all teams that are under the salary cap. Donald Sterling will get so excited they will have to double his heart medication.
Steps 4, 5 and 6 are all about penalizing the wealthy teams willing to pay over the salary cap so they will be more judicious in their spending. Then, those teams that elect to pay the luxury tax will effectively subsidize and reward those teams that stay under the cap. It means that a team that is rebuilding can build a war chest of money to eventually go after free agents. This will appeal to fans.
7. Teams that remain below the salary cap for two consecutive seasons are eligible for a “bonus” first round pick following the lottery picks in the middle of the first round. A team cannot receive such a bonus pick in consecutive drafts.
This is a nice bone to throw to teams and fans of those teams that are rebuilding and shedding salary.
8. Eliminate annual raises from contracts. What a player signs for the first season is the same salary he gets every year of the deal. This is another major saving for the owners, a huge concession by the players. It recognizes the deflationary times we are in. If players do not like it, they can sign shorter deals and hope to fare better down the road. This is maybe the largest concession by the players, as it will have a dramatic effect on salaries over time.
9. Make the MLE salary level be $4 million; and it remains constant for the life of the CBA. This means the “middle class” free agents take a hit.
10. Keep contract lengths at their current level; however any deal running more than two seasons must have the final season be a team option, i.e. it is not guaranteed. Combined with eliminating annual raises, this will nip the Eddy Curry syndrome a bit, while not penalizing good players or teams that want stability.
These are major concessions by the players to the owners. It would shift hundreds of millions of dollars from the players to the owners over the course of the five or six year deal. Of course, the lawyers and accountants would have to negotiate precise terms; I provide what I do for illustrative purposes. It would give owners an extreme incentive to stay away from the luxury tax and get under the salary cap. It would provide a floor for struggling teams so they would have no one but themselves to blame if they ran consistently in the red. It would still allow teams to keep their players and allow the long-term deals that players love and that bring stability to the game.
The Players Association would no doubt reject these changes unless they got something of great value in return. So what would the players get in return?
1. The minimum salary for all NBA players (on the 15-man roster) would be at least $750,000. That would be an immediate pay raise for several dozen NBA players.
2. NBA team player payrolls would expand from 15 to 19, with the creation of a four player D-Team roster in addition to the 15 man NBA roster. An NBA team would be obligated to fill all 19 spots. The four D-League players earn $200,000 and not count against the salary cap. These players would not be on the official NBA team roster, and to move to the core 15 someone from the core 15 would have to be released. This creates 120 more jobs, and could improve the product on the floor.
This will also make the D-League more commercially lucrative, and it will allow the NBA to develop a farm system. I suspect that this could pay for itself over time.
3. The LLE bi-annual free agent slot would be eliminated. Instead there would be a second MLE slot at up to $4 million available every season. This will double the number of good-paying “middle-class” jobs there are for free agents every off-season. There will now be 60 such slots every summer.
4. 18-year-olds and high school grads would again be eligible for the draft.
5. Make trades easier for teams over the salary cap, so that salaries only need to come within 150 percent of each other to qualify, rather than the present 125 percent plus $100,000.
These, no. 4 and no. 5, are both concerns raised by the Players Association. Might as well let them have these.
6. Now here is the kicker: The proposal to this point sticks it to the best players: They get a lower max salary and they get no annual raises. A disproportionate amount of the owners’ gains are coming out of the hides of the league’s 35-50 very best players, the very players who sell tickets and put fannies in the seats. So we need something for them, aside from a pat on the back. This is what I propose: Any player over the age of 31 before the beginning of a season, who is an unrestricted free agent, has the right to be signed to a contract for up to two-years in length with any team in the league for up to the maximum salary level. In other words, the salary cap does not apply and the player has, in effect, “Bird rights” with every team in the league. This will give the great and quality veterans—those with market value over $4 million per year—the ability to pick a team to play with in their sunset years. A player can only do this one time, but the team that signs him will retain Bird rights after the two-year deal expires. An NBA team can only sign one such “over-the-cap” player every two years.
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