The NBA Lockout

Posted on February 1, 2012

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Sports | Brian Manero

The NBA lockout began when players’ contracts expired earlier this year.  Demands of the players led owners of teams to “lockout” the athletes from all team facilities until a new contract was signed.  However, the NBA lockout did very little for the small budget teams. Under the new contract, things remain the way they were before the lockout. What the NBA should have done was allow teams to put a franchise tag on certain players. This would allow the team to keep a player for a year if they are close to becoming a free agent. Without this, a lockout only benefits teams that can spend a lot of money on valuable players. It leaves a gap between good teams and mediocre teams.
    The new deal also does not have a severe penalty for steroid use and it only allows testing for steroids. This is a big deal because players can still cheat the game by using drugs to get stronger. Without a penalty for using illicit drugs players are able to use them without the fear of what will happen to them. In addition, the players who make millions will use drugs because they know they can afford to do so.
    This agreement also raised the minimum percentage of each team’s salary cap, which must be spent on players’ salaries. This seems good at first, but it means that teams will have to overpay some players because they are under the minimum amount the team has to spend. The money that they are spending on the salaries could have been put to better use doing something beneficial for the team.
    The new contract will last for ten years and will not solve problems that are important in keeping the games interesting. If people aren’t entertained they will leave those teams and go follow different teams. This new deal supports big teams with plenty of money to spend and constricts smaller budget teams that are just getting by.

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