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Owners position shifts on MLE?

Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:22 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2011 3:26 pm
 
By Matt Moore 

There were a number of issues that caused the last meltdown in NBA talks, leading to the players' disclaim of interest and subsequent lawsuits. Among them was the mid-level Exception. Essentially, the league's proposal called for teams in the luxury-tax to be unable to use the full mid-level, instead limiting them to a shortened (both financially and in length of term) version. There was also discrepancy over whether teams who were under the tax prior to using the luxury-tax but in the luxury-tax after would be considered "tax paying teams" and therefore unable to use the full mid-level. But with both sides angling towards another attempt at resolution (first reported by CBSSports.com last week), there's been movement on the MLE, according to ESPN: 
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Stern has privately surveyed a handful of owners about their willingness to ease the restrictions on the proposed mid-level exception in a new labor agreement.

It is believed the league's next proposal to the players will contain tweaks to some of the "system" issues that the players have strongly objected to in recent negotiations. The players have long insisted -- in exchange for accepting a 50/50 split of annual basketball-related income, after earning a 57 percent share of BRI in the final year of the previous labor deal -- that the league's proposed restrictions against luxury-tax teams must be relaxed.
via NBA lockout -- New NBA talks aimed at resolving lawsuits, sources say - ESPN.

The players' position was that they would accept the lowered BRI split if the league would back off its systemic demands, like the MLE limit. A concession at this level might be enough to push the players off the ledge and get a deal for a Christmas-start season, as the league reportedly desires. However, given the breakdown in talks and increased number of lost games, it's hard to see the hard-line owners surrendering that with the same 50/50 BRI split. A scenario in which both sides agree to the MLE concession from the owners, only to discover the owners now want a more favorable BRI split is entirely possible. 

The question will be whether Stern can get a wrangle on the owners long enough to force a deal through and if this kind of concession is enough to get the players to swallow the huge turkey they're already being forced to down whole. 
Comments

Since: Jan 3, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

I hope owners and players continue their greed.  If nba folded for good and these guys had to really work for a L IVING they would realize how good they had it.  I have no respect for any of these money hungry bums.



Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:37 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

The question will be whether Stern can get a wrangle on the owners long enough to force a deal through and if this kind of concession is enough to get the players to swallow the huge turkey they're already being forced to down whole. 
Give me a break... we are talking about splitting a couple billion dollars a year.. the players are crying up the wrong river here...



Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

You are right. Right to work. But I'm going to say that there needs to be an even playing field for the teams. I don't care how much the players make, just that each of the leagues teams are allowed to spend whatever the cap figure for that year is and that is it. No more MLE or allowing teams to pay over a soft cap and get into luxury taxes, no going beyond the hard cap. Spend wisely, not spend freely because the guy running the show has the wallet to do so. I get enough of that crap with MLB.



Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

From my view, its things like the MLE that is hurting the NBA. Usually, getting a player of quality at that price means that the player is clearly on the down slope of their career. No agent is going to allow a client to take less than that if they're playing at a higher level. 

Example... Steve Blake (Alum) is making ~$7m as a mid level. When you look at his value and contributions he's not worth that cost. Same goes for Baron Davis.  Mike Miller stays to hurt for me and as an owner, I'd be pissed that I have to pay his guaranteed salary for him to be 'ballin'' in street clothes.

Mike Bibby, who is clearly out of gas is continuously shopped around at the MLE.... Is he worth it? Does his value provide anything to the team or NBA? You saw the finals, was he worth the MLE value, even with a Prorated contract?




Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

It sounds as if the mid level exception as proposed is intended to make teams more competitive by preventing the high paying (and thus supposedly good unless you are the Knicks) teams from adding a valuable player who has decided that he just wants to win and so will take a discount to load up on an all-star laden team.  Part of the reason the NBA is in financial trouble is the lack of parity; the gap between the haves and have nots is too wide.  Conceding the MLE by the owners is a mistake long term.  Yes, it might by a point on the 50/50 split of revenue but the ultimate goal is league prosperity.  This would come back to bite the players as well as the prognosis if the two sides don't craft a sound collective bargaining agreement is contraction and two, four or even six teams will be lost.  That's a lot of jobs.  Is it worth it so that some schlub on his way out of the league can take a slight discount for championship glory?



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

I hope you haters are not owners of any sort. That is whats wrong with society today is people like you! Everyone deserves an opportunity to  work. All the players are not all rich and well off and have families to support and the vendors impacted by the lockout are in need of revenue and could benefit from an agreement. We need to stop letting the power of ownership destroy the economy. Basketball generates revenue for many people beside the players jerks!



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

The owners really need to hang tough.  If the season is dead, long live 2013.  Tweaking the system may be OK, but they need to level the playing field. Otherwise they need to eliminate the teams in the smaller markets.  Owners, do you want the NBA to survive?  Then don't give in to the player’s ridiculous demands.  A small league is better than no league. A big league is better than a small league.  Keep the MLE, but tweak it a bit.  We don't need dynasties of goons in the NBA. The lunatics (players) are running the asylum.




Since: Jul 8, 2010
Posted on: November 24, 2011 4:28 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

Man I hope the hard-line owners keep their stance, I for one am loving the NBA off the air!


I don't get this sentiment. Do you only have one channel and does that channel only play NBA games? If not, and you in fact have more than one channel, and those channels don't have the NBA on it, then turn those channels. 


You're welcome.  



Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:52 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

Hold your ground, owners.  There's plenty of us out here who are anxiously awaiting the reports that the economically illiterate morons are missing house payments, having cars repo'd, hocking their bling and an elevated level of domestic abuse charges filed.



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:49 pm
 

Owners position shifts on MLE?

Man I hope the hard-line owners keep their stance, I for one am loving the NBA off the air!


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