Inequality in The NBA
Inequality in the NBA.
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Inequality in the NBA
In the last 20 years, there has been one constant in the NBA. That being which franchise is crowned NBA Champion. Going back 20 years you will notice there have only been 7 different franchises to hoist the NBA title. Those teams being:
The Chicago Bulls (6), Miami Heat (1), San Antonio Spurs (4), Boston Celtics (1), Los Angeles Lakers (5) and the Houston Rockets (2).
If you were to bet who was going to win the NBA title every year, it would be safe to say it would be 1 of these 7 franchises mentioned. The National Football League has had 13 different franchises in the past 20 years, Major League Baseball has had 12 and the National Hockey League has also had 12 different franchises to win their respective world championships. The NBA with only 7 is a huge difference and is very concerning. All the Super Stars in the NBA are either joining together on the same team or are joining teams that are already contenders.
One idea to prevent this is a “Hard Salary Cap”. The NBA features a so-called soft cap, meaning that there are several significant exceptions that allow teams to exceed the salary cap to sign players. The Hard Cap will make the league spread out the superstars more evenly and equally. The owners would not be able to pay trillions (I’m exaggerating) for all these mega stars to join one team unless they take the undesirable route of a pay cut. Ain’t that a female dog? Then you would not being running into issues like the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Nowadays a pay cut is unheard of. From the players perspective, why not? Being the player, you can jump on a team that is already in contention and he will not lose money in the process, maybe even make more money in some cases. With the Hard Salary Cap idea, now you are leaving the players with 2 choices. The first choice would be to sign with a team that is in contention but have to take a pay cut or get the max contract but risk being relevant in any kind of title or championship.
Another idea would be for the league to introduce revenue sharing. Where in this case, every franchise would get a piece of the pie. This will give franchises like the Los Angeles Clippers the ability to keep Blake Griffin and the Denver Nuggets would have been able to keep Carmelo Anthony. The loyalty will also start making its way back into the NBA. Players will be satisfied with their contract and stability, while focusing more on achieving an NBA title.What seems the be the case in any business, it’s no secret that in the NBA, the rich get richer and poorer get poorer. Due to the structure of NBA finance, wealthy teams get a significant advantage on the competitive field, via free agency and locking up there own super stars in the process. If these 2 ideas are set in place, teams will be able to keep their All Stars and build around them, without relying on a quick fix via free agency for the Mega Stars but by drafting and player development. This will force the league owners to be more cautious and move them towards building their teams and not just throwing money at players. This might not cure the National Basketball League of its errors but it may be a step in the right direction. What are your thoughts on what is clearly a huge inequality in the NBA?