DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: HOCKEY | BASKETBALL
Refresh  
  Page last updated on Thu Mar 30 10:32:48 EDT 2017
TOP NEWS
NBA CHANGES WOULD AFFECT BOTTOM LINE ONLY, NOT PRODUCT
Wed, 23 Nov 2011 04:05 PM EST

At every turn, NBA owners and negotiators have insisted that their goal of changing the NBA’s contract system would result in giving the league a more competitive balance. The basic concept is that a league with a harsher luxury tax, a costly mid-level exception, and more obstacles to sign-and-trade deals would keep large-market teams from out-spending small-market teams in a way that helps maintain equilibrium in the NBA. Football lines

The problem is that until these system changes are put into place, it is unknown if the league’s proposals would actually result in the competitive balance they claim to be seeking. All we really know for certain is that the players would be making less money.

The proposed system changes would protect general managers from truly catastrophic failures, but the managers would also have to deal with more roster slots to fill more often, and in more heated free agent markets. Executives would have more chances to make more errors but those would be of somewhat less detrimental consequences to the team overall. That still means bad judgment has the potential to be amplified in an off-season when a league has dozens of more spots on their roster to fill with free agents.

The line of reasoning is simple — if the contracts are for shorter periods of time, bad contracts could become more numerous but would individually be less of a burden to a team’s ability to compete. Presumably, that trade-off would result in something like a net-negative or neutral outcome for poorly run teams. Which would be fine, but if the system also hurts the well-run teams then it is debatable that the changes would bring about more balance. Football betting lines

On the other hand, it’s possible that new system rules won’t even make individual bad contracts easier to absorb.

As such, making the proposed changes to the system only redefines the parameters of what would be considered a bad contract — it doesn’t change the relative effects of a bad contract, especially if the luxury tax becomes harsher. If superstars can only sign five-year contracts, then a five-year, $50 million contract for a less-than-stellar player like Eddy Curry is still going to impact a team’s ability to compete. Similarly, Drew Gooden is a poor use of the mid-level exception no matter how much money he gets paid. Shorter, cheaper deals only help a franchise’s bottom line, because they’re paying less money. The leagues’ proposal doesn’t bring a core shift to the way teams allocate salaries to specific kinds of players.

Whatever collective bargaining agreement is finally negotiated between the league and the talent, there are still going to be players paid according to established levels of skill – benchwarmers, role players, stars, and superstars. Until the league starts mandating individual pay based on performance, the way players are paid will be the decision of general managers. There will still be guys like Eddy Curry who get paid like stars when they don’t deserve it. The leagues’ proposed system changes affect the system bottom line of making money, not the product on the court.


Sponsored Links

Download Printable Schedules
Now you can download and print schedules for each sport so you can plan ahead and track your results.
UPDATED:
PRINTABLE BRACKETS - UPDATED AFTER EVERY ROUND
BASKETBALL 3/7/2017 - 4/12/2017
HOCKEY 3/7/2017 - 4/9/2017
TOP TEN WAGERS
RK Team
1
Georgia Tech
2
Georgia Tech
3
Tcu
4
Tcu
5
Georgia Tech
03/30/2017
ATP - Miami, USAFEDERER, R vs. BERDYCH, T07:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USAZVEREV, A vs. KYRGIOS, N07:00 AM PST
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesKUBOT L / MELO M vs. BAKER B / NESTOR D07:00 AM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWOZNIACKI, C vs. PLISKOVA, Ka07:00 AM PST
International - United LeaguePARMA PERMSKY KRAY at VEF RIGA09:30 AM PST
International - EuroleagueOLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS at ANADOLU EFES ISTANBUL10:00 AM PST
International - EuroleagueDARUSAFAKA DOGUS at BROSE BAMBERG11:45 AM PST
International - EuroleagueMACCABI TEL-AVIV at FC BARCELONA LASSA12:00 PM PST
ATP - Miami, USA, DoublesMONROE N / SOCK J vs. BRYAN B / BRYAN M2:00 PM PST
NBABROOKLYN NETS at DETROIT PISTONS4:30 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES LAKERS at MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES5:00 PM PST
NBACLEVELAND CAVALIERS at CHICAGO BULLS5:00 PM PST
Argentina - LNBQUIMSA SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO at CLUB ATLETICO SAN LORENZO DE ALMAGRO5:00 PM PST
Argentina - LNBDEPORTIVO LIBERTAD at INSTITUTO ATLETICO CENTRAL CORDOBA5:00 PM PST
WTA - Miami, USAWILLIAMS, V vs. KONTA, J6:00 PM PST
NBALOS ANGELES CLIPPERS at PHOENIX SUNS7:00 PM PST
NBAHOUSTON ROCKETS at PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS7:30 PM PST
04/01/2017
College BasketballSouth Carolina vs Gonzaga3:05 PM PST
College BasketballOregon vs North Carolina5:45 PM PST
04/25/2017
Germany BBLEWE BASKETS OLDENBURG at SCIENCE CITY JENA10:00 AM PST

x