Players Gave Back $3 Billion, Decertified for ‘Freedom’ to Move
The NBA players had given up $3 billion over the proposed 10-year deal with the owners. The only significant issue remaining was the players’ inability to have "freedom of movement."
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: In the end, Basketball Related Income wasn’t the elephant in the room.
For years, hoop heads thought players and owners inability to split revenue (known as BRI) would result in the 2012 season being cancelled.
However, minor system issues like allowing over-the-cap teams to use the Mid Level Exception and Sign-and-Trade clauses has led to players disbanding their union and filing an anti-trust lawsuit.
Yes, the MLE and Sign-and-Trades. This is what it has come to.
By fighting over the last few million dollars on the table, the players and owners will cost each other far more.
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