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A new CBA is actually really close

Posted on: October 30, 2011 10:06 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

We're all disappointed. We're all upset. Even maybe a little angry.

With all that positive momentum heading into Friday's labor negotiations, there was a legitimate expectation that David Stern and Billy Hunter would emerge ready to announce a deal.

That didn't happen. And with no new talks scheduled, the rest of November's games were canceled and it felt like everything reset and it's back to the drawing board.

Not so fast though. There's been movement -- lots of it, in fact -- and in reality, they aren't quite so far off from putting pen to paper on a new collective bargaining agreement. Via the New York Times:
The new N.B.A. labor deal is practically done. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, the dour news conferences or the apocalyptic rhetoric spilling from league officials. But the deal, in practical terms, is about 95 percent complete.

The N.B.A. and the players union have agreed on contract lengths and luxury-tax rates, trade rules and cap exceptions, and a host of oddly named provisions offering “amnesty” and “stretch payments” and less onerous “base-year” rules.

All of these pieces — some favoring the players, most of them favoring the owners — have fallen into place in recent weeks, even as talks collapsed and restarted and collapsed again. The checklist has been reduced to a few items.

But it is the last 5 percent that is ruining the prospects for labor peace and gradually eroding the N.B.A. season.

Use any metaphor you like -- ball's on the two-yard line, it's the fourth quarter, bases loaded... whatever -- but the deal is right there. It's so close, but at the same time truly does feel so far away. Basketball Related Income has hung everything up once again and with both sides seeming to be completely dug in -- for now -- into their positions, it just doesn't feel like a deal is close to happening. 

But consider the agreements that are tentatively in place, according to the report:

  • Luxury tax: The new system will charge teams $1.50 for every dollar over the threshold, which replaces the dollar-for-dollar setup in the last CBA. But the tax even goes to $1.75 after $5 million, $2.25 after $10 million and $3 after $15 million.
  • Contract lengths: Players with Bird Rights get to have a five-year max deal, while everyone else gets four-year max deals. The last CBA was six years for Bird Rights and five for everyone else.
  • Raises: Annual raises get reduced by "several" percent, going as low as possibly just 5 percent for Bird players and 3.5 for everyone else. The last deal had raises as high as 10.5 for Bird players and 8 percent for other players.
  • The Mid-level exception: It starts at $5 million, which is a mild decrese of $800,000. Length of contract and raises are still being discussed.
  • Amnesty clause: As Ken Berger of CBSSports.com has reported, a new amnesty clause will be in the new CBA, allowing teams to waive one player at anytime during the life of the new CBA. You still have to pay the players but his salary won't count against the cap and luxury tax. But here's a catch: It can't be used on anyone signed before July 1, 2011. So all that talk about who you'd amnesty would change quite a bit because those players aren't eligible.
  • Stretch exception: Teams will be allowed to extend out payments to players that have been waived to spread out the cap hit over several season.

A few issues still remain such as the league wants to punish tax-paying teams by denying them the mid-level exception and sign-and-trade deals as well as additional penalties for "repeat offenders."

By the sounds of it, at least to me, the players are bending quite a bit on this new system. It's still pretty favorable to them, especially when you consider that initially the owners wanted a hard cap, but all the concessions are coming from the players, at least compared to the last CBA. So it's understandable why they feel they need to take a stand at 53 percent BRI.

But all that wasn't there a week ago. Real, tangible progress has been made towards a deal. They're close. It's just about finishing. Time to get clutch. Someone step up and hit a big shot.

Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 1:06 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

That's what was said before and the first 2 weeks got cancelled, then just recently it was said again and more games got cancelled, it seems everytime they start talking about being close to a deal "BAM" games get cancelled, I'll believe it when I actually see the players on the court either practicing or playing until then please stop with all the "a deal is close" talk.



Since: Apr 10, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:57 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

If true, great news...if not..Get It Done!



Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:44 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

Hey, maybe if the players all pose for a picture outside the bargaining room wearing those stupid 'unite' shirts (which they made up for picture taking purposes only, don't let them tell you different), maybe the deal will get done!


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Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:41 pm
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Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:29 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

who is actually angry?..i could care less if the NBA ever returns..the quality of play is horrible..the players are arrogant a--holes ..the officiating is terrible and frankly i hope it goes away period..



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:26 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

1) CBS likes to shove the NBA down everyone's throats like it actually matters to most people, which is why Berger writes a book on the lockout every day and it gets more headlines than the NHL (Which players are actually PLAYING
 His point is you don't have to read about it. Like me, just ignore it, especially Berger. How many articles on 'Melo did he write and get wrong? Why go back and read what when you know it's dreck?

2) The drama provided by the lockout is very entertaining and provides far more excitement than any rigged NBA season ever would. 
Again, you're making his point. Why come here and comment about something you don't like? I can't stand soccer, but I don't go on sites and rip it to shreds. Why bother? Comment about something you like. His point is very strong.


I'm still hoping the Lockout will continue all season
Just ignore the NBA. Many like it. That's what makes America great. We have many sports to love and hate and the freedom to choose what we want to watch and the access to follow them or not.



Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:21 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

Some of these comments no make sense at all. If you don't like the NBA and think it "sucks", why would do you care if they play a season or not?
Some people just post and run. They like to run everything down. I just ignore them for the most part. Responding is fruitless.

The fact most of it is done(95% is an estimate) is fine. However, the fact they're squabbling over a percentage point or 2 is what irritates people the most. Just compromise. Make it 51-49 for the first few years of the deal, then 50-50 with some other concessions. That way both sides save face. This is about perception and ego. They're not hurting anyone, but themselves. The more they posture, the less people will care about their product. It's a exercise in machismo and stupidity.

The fact regular season games lost is a good thing. 82 games in outrageous. Basketball, hockey and baseball all are way too long. Losing 10-15 will actually help their product in thre long run. Each game gains more importance and is less tedious to follow. The NBA and NHL should be 70 games and MLB 145. Due to the allmighty dollar, that will never happen, but it should.

Once a deal is done, like the NFL there will be a flurry of activity with FA signings and trades. That will re-build interest. In another few months only the media will remember this. Does anyone still talk about the NFL lockout? Players will play. owners will pay salaries and collect monies. The networks will televise and hype games. Back to normalcy. 



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:18 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

the parts that they figured out are how much more they will charge the fans for merchandise and tickets.  Increases in food, autographs, and appearances are included as well.  Paying to cheer for an chilidish, immature man who probably couldn't hold down a real job or even balance his bank account doesn't seem like a good investment with my money.



Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:17 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

Crookedlettaman, it's because of two reasons:

1) CBS likes to shove the NBA down everyone's throats like it actually matters to most people, which is why Berger writes a book on the lockout every day and it gets more headlines than the NHL (Which players are actually PLAYING)

2) The drama provided by the lockout is very entertaining and provides far more excitement than any rigged NBA season ever would. 

I'm still hoping the Lockout will continue all season.




Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 30, 2011 12:16 pm
 

A new CBA is actually really close

I think its safe to say. no one cares lol just a bunch of thugs. if they have a season lets hope LeQuit breaks his leg.


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