CBA talks set for Wednesday

The NBA and the Players Association are holding the second collective bargaining negotiating session of the offseason Wednesday in New York. The two sides had pledged to meet again before the start training camp after last month’s get-together.

The August meeting was attended by several high-profile players, including LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. The league and the union issued a joint statement at the time, noting that “it was encouraging how many players and owners participated in the process and all pledged to continue to work together.”

The current CBA expires after this season. The league has experienced one work stoppage in its history, the lockout that wiped out 32 games during the 1998-99 season.

The league is asking for considerable changes to the current economic system. The union submitted a contract proposal in July after rejecting the league’s initial plan back in February.

2 Comments

  1. Max Trueblood says:

    I like the fact that they are meeting again. If I were in charge of helping come up with a new cba, I’d add the following amendments…

    1) Allow owners to terminate one guaranteed deal every other year provided the player has played at least 2 years on it.

    This works for the owners because it obviously gives them the flexibility to eliminate from payroll expenses and since no player knows who will be terminated in advance, it gives them extra incentive to produce.

    This is good for the players because terminating the contract of a player not producing opens up a job and a decent paying contract to a player that may otherwise have to look to Europe or settle for a minimum salary contract due to teams being up against the lux tax or any other financial concerns.

    2) Only allow teams below the lux tax threshold to sign players to the mid level exception

    This works for the owners and fans since it evens out the playing field and creates competitive balance.

    3) Limit raises to 10% and 5%. Good for the owners as current raises are set at 10.5% and 8.5%. 10 and 5 are easy numbers to work with since they are round.

    4) Max contract players should get 20%, 25% and 30% of the cap for 0-6, 7-9 and 10 plus years of experience veterans respectively. The numbers are currently at 25, 30 and 35.

    5) The national tv money should be distributed differently as opposed to how it is now where it’s even from team to team. Right now, everyone gets roughly $32 million apiece. Have a sliding scale based on revenue earned from the previous season. For example, the team with the highest revenue, the Lakers, would only get $17.5 million and the team with the lowest, Memphis, would get $46.5 million. From there, you just tack on a million for every team in between. Eg, the 2nd lowest revenue team gets 45.5, the 3rd gets 44.5 and then the second highest revenue team would be a million above the Lakers at 18.5.

    6) Eliminate trade exceptions off of sign and trade deals. This is a loophole that allows big market teams to get better easily and take advantage of small revenue teams plus makes it easier for FA’s switching teams to get 6 years deal as opposed to 5.

    7) If the owners are dead set at instituting a hard cap, allow it but only with the minimum cap, soft cap and luxury tax threshold below it. For example, if the salary cap is $58 million and the lux tax is $70 million, you take the difference of $12 million and tack that on to 70 and have a hard cap of $82 million.

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