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Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: August 18, 2011 11:44 am
 
By Matt Moore

On Thursday morning, Eastern time, Chinese outlets started reporting that Kobe Bryant had signed a deal with the Shanxi Zhongyu of the CBA. The move would send ripples throughout the basketball world as the most iconic NBA player would be playing overseas in a lucrative market. Finally, a big star beyond Deron Williams has agreed to play overseas. 

Or... not.

Sports 163 along with multiple outlets are now reporting that at the CBA meetings, the league approved a rule to block outright any NBA player currently under contract with the NBA from playing in the CBA. That gets around previously discussed loopholes to proposed rules to block opt-outs. If you say outright you can't sign any player, no under-the-tables deals can be adopted. 

It also closes off one of the most attractive options for players. Not only are they revered in China like no other country on Earth, but the marketing potential is through the roof due to the companies and population. Bryant, for example, has made huge strides in his global brand by expanding to China. With Yao Ming out of the picture, China represents a wide-open market. This hurts the players' efforts to provide leverage by signing overseas. Bryant was just the biggest name. More players were likely looking for the opportunity. 

For China, this is at once a terrible business decision and typically Chinese. It's a different culture, and with the CBA managed by the government, the protection of their culture is foremost. There's a matter of pride over not wanting to rent players for a few months only to have the lockout end and them abandon the CBA. At the same time, it would have done so much to encourage interest in the league and raise money which could be devoted to development there. It's a reasonable position, even if it is disappointing for basketball in China overall. 

The NBA will have no comment, naturally, but is likely nodding with a slight grin. 

(HT: HoopsHype via IAmAGM.com)
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Since: Aug 25, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

I agree...but btw, lamps and rugs are oriental.  People are Asian


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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

Really? So these guys can't compete to stay in shape?


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Since: Aug 16, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 6:15 pm
 

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that his fingers taped up you idiot


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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:30 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

balrog, I agree with your comments in general -- it's all about the greed.  I do, however, take exception to the concept of any athlete "earning" their multi-millions.  They may get paid that much, they hardly "earn" it.  Pro sports are the ultimate Ponzi scheme in which only the ones at the top of the pyramid get the money.


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