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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)
Comments

Since: Aug 9, 2009
Posted on: August 18, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

I tried to read the fine print on his contract but I could not make it out.

conichewa



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

This is overrated.  Personnal Income per capita in China is only around $3,000, where in the US its around $25,000.  So even with the drastic difference in populations, and not including the extremelly low profit margin for goods sold in china, the market is not even comparable.

NBA players need to think before taking a chance at an injury to play in a market, that for some reason people continue to believe is "through the roof".
China's per capital income vs the US per capita income and "extremely low profit margin for goods sold" is not even remotely relevant to the article from the players' standpoint...here is what is:  As long as the lockout last Kobe makes $0.00 per month from the Lakers while the reports were if Kobe signed in China he would make $1,000,000 to $1,500,000 per month.  Kobe and the other players do not care what the "average" chinese citizen makes or the profit margin on goods sold---only the salary that they would have earned playing basketball.




Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

"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."


This is overrated.  Personnal Income per capita in China is only around $3,000, where in the US its around $25,000.  So even with the drastic difference in populations, and not including the extremelly low profit margin for goods sold in china, the market is not even comparable.

NBA players need to think before taking a chance at an injury to play in a market, that for some reason people continue to believe is "through the roof".



Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

"Most iconic player?"  Kobe Bryant is a nasty player in the NBA that's for sure but I wouldn't call him the most iconic.  How long with this NBA mess last?



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 1:17 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

big BIG win for the owners



Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

This writer has made it hard to understand the message. He keeps using CBA in both contexts! 



Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:31 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

Too bad Kobe...now you just have to go back to your union and tell them to come to grips with reality and realize that salary concessions are going to have to happen in order for you to get a paycheck. Or not...I'm not sure anyone cares...




Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Report: Chinese league bans locked out players

Kobe has bad knees..he should be resting instead of playing againt inferior Oriental players who will probably hack him all over the place.


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