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Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 9:30 am  |  18 responses

Mark Cuban Proposed Eliminating the Salary Cap Altogether


In a podcast interview, Billy Hunter broke the news that, during labor talks, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban proposed something he dubs the “Game Changer”, in which the salary cap becomes a thing of the past in the NBA. From I am a GM comes the transcript: “Question: The owners seem like they want something bigger than a new labor deal. They want to create a new economic model for the league. What responsibility do you have to help them build that model? Billy Hunter: ‘Mark Cuban, ironically, came out with a structure that he called – ‘The Game Changer.’ We talked about moving in a different direction, in terms of no salary cap. We took that idea back into our room, and we in turn responded with something similar. I saw the reaction that he had to it, and 2 or 3 other owners in the room were really excited about it. Keep in mind, when you start talking about no salary cap. The salary cap has existed in the NBA for at least the last 30 years. It was the creation of David Stern. I don’t know if there was any push-back because of that. We were prepared to pursue that whole idea of going into a different direction.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com UNFROZEN CAVEMAN LAWYER

    THIS WOULD NEVER HAPPEN.

  • Spydermaan

    Baseball has it so why not

  • http://www.kobebeefnba.com LDR4

    Cuban for commissioner.

  • JEr dawg

    Even if there is no salary cap the teams that overspend would still need to pay a modified form of a new luxury tax, no?
    If there is no salary cap then it WILL look like baseball. Revenue sharing, but playing in front of empty arenas. Isn’t Pittsburgh Pirates or Tampa Bay Rays teams that have horrible attendance, develop players that eventually head off to Yankees or Red Sox, and somehow still stay afloat financially? Baseball is different. It’s cheaper to attend baseball games. People can pick & choose when to go. Cut the season down and then basketball games will be more competitive and people can see almost every game counts and people Will show up. Not college basketball season short, but maybe like 60-70 game seasons. Football games are important because if they don’t get it right week to week they are already out of playoff picture, essentially.

  • MIGZ

    Great idea Mark!, lets do something that will bring the lock out to and end, eliminating the salary cap sounds good just like the video game, let’s see if they start force trading!!

  • Kinetik

    2 or 3 owners. so that would probably be buss, dolan and arison.

  • slamfan4life

    yeah so all the players could stack up on one team….oh wait that already happened

  • CubicleWorker

    How about lets include all income in BRI including player endorsements, then share all of the income related to the NBA

  • MARTY

    The bet way to deal with this mess is first of all close down a half dozen teams. Every team that is not making enough money on their own should simply be closed down or moved to where they will make money.

    Next have each team designate a “special two” players & if those players leave the team they have to sit out one full season, meaning they will not be so fast to dump a team. (No more Miami Heat pile up players)

    Lastly the players need a simple lesson in english. A. What is an employee ?? B. What is an employer ?? When the players learn that things will be OK

  • GoGoGo

    @ JEr dawg

    The Pirates are bad, but people do go to the games and they make money.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Yep, as i said the other day.. the NBA will soon be like European soccer leagues if there is no salary cap.

  • LA Huey

    I don’t like revenue sharing on everything. Locally generated revenue should not be shared. National TV and merchandising deals are fair game but I feel like if all revenue is shared, what incentive would a crap teams have to improve if they’re profitting off of revenue the big market teams create?

  • MikeC.

    @LA – that would be Donald Sterling’s wet dream. He could keep running his team into the ground and cash in on Dr. Buss’ Time Warner TV deal. I can see The Donald now. *creepy sleazeball voice* “Yeeeesssssssss, keep winning Lakersssssssssssssss, Blake Griffin will sssssssoon be yoursssssssss, becausssssse I will refussssssse to pay him what he’sssssss worth. I will ssssstill get paid from hisssss play though MHUAHAHAHAHAHA!” The “s” add-ons are because Sterling is a greasy snake and that’s how snakes talk in my mind.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Why would you include player endorsements?
    That’s random. Should we include all basketball related income owners derive? Like real estate and casino deals they manage to finagle thanks to owning a basketball team and dangling that carrot in front of fans and politicians?
    Sigh.
    The revenue sharing discussed has always been between teams, and based on BRI revenue, and the teams have steadfastly refused to finalized that deal until they figure out exactly how much money they can take back from players under the new CBA. Because they want to avoid having to do what the MLB does, and what the NFL just did to a larger degree.
    LA Huey
    Well there is always the pride argument, and the argument that you do make more money if you win, even if you spend more. But, you’re right in a sense as well.

  • MikeC.

    No cap would also be Dolan’s orgasm. If the cap was abolished and there were no consequences to overspending, everyone would play for the Knicks. They’d just hand out cloth sacks with dollar signs on them, stuffed with cash to everyone in the league. “Hey Lebron, I hear Miami is offering you $18mil/year to resign. We’ll offer you $180mil/year!”
    In unrelated news, NYC residents can expect an increase in their cable rates.

  • Cheema

    No salary cap means that all the rich owners (like Cuban) will have the best chance to win, making it unfair to cheaper teams like Milawakee, Spurs,etc.

  • LA Huey

    Allen, There are some small market teams currently in the red that will try to compete whether there’s revenue sharing or not. I don’t have a problem with them, but there are some teams that have proven to be incompetent year-after-year and the safe money says they’ll exit this decade under .500

  • http://Slamonline.com Caboose

    I guarantee the Most Interesting Man in the World (Nets’ owner) is loving this idea. He’d just sign any player he wanted to a max deal. It’s all pennies to Prokhorov. That cat is worth $18 billion, meaning he can buy Mark Cuban 7.5 times over.

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