By Brandon Beneche
On July 1st, at 12:01 a.m. the current Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) for the NBA expired, resulting in a lockout. A lockout is a work stoppage where the employer prevents the employees from working. In the NBA’s situation, the owners of all the NBA teams are locking out the players until a new CBA is reached.
There are a couple big issues that are dividing the owners and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). One of the biggest issues is the current salary cap. The current salary cap is a “soft” cap, meaning that a team can spend more than their salary cap says they can. The owners want a “hard” cap, meaning that teams cannot spend more than their salary cap says.
Another big issue is the players’ salary. The average NBA player makes $5 million dollars a year; more than any other North American athlete. The owners want to reduce the salary of the players by 40%. The NBPA are not so big on that idea.
Currently the NBA has cancelled the first week of training camps and preseason games, which were scheduled to begin October 3, 2011. Unfortunately NBA fans may have to wait a little longer for the season to begin because the owners and the NBPA are far from reaching a new CBA. NBA Comissioner David Stern has threatened to cancel the entire season if both sides don’t make major progess he will cancel the entire season.
- Stern’s warning of ‘enormous consequences’ could change mindset of players and owners (aol.sportingnews.com)
- NBA Lockout: Should We Side with the Players or Owners? (bleacherreport.com)
- Report: NBA, NBPA to meet again next week (aol.sportingnews.com)