Let’s talk about free agency, shall we?
After seeing the events since July 1st unfold in the NBA, one line comes to mind for me.
If you’ve ever seen the movie Good Fellas, you know what I’m talking about.
“F*** you, pay me.”
Ever since striking mega deals with television networks ESPN and TNT, the NBA has a new revenue stream that is not just from putting butts in seats or from selling short sleeved jerseys.
No, it is a river of cash flowing with greater force than the Mississippi and brings richness to anyone who inhabits it like the Nile.
As a result, the NBA salary cap–the one device implemented in this league that tries to keep parity afloat–has grown at such an astounding rate.
The inflated cap has caused a series events that has taken the life out of the NBA. It has made bench players multi-millionaires and has allowed for the formation of a super teams that have come to dominate the league year in and year out. It has taken away parity of the game, mainly because the superstars of the league have control of every little nuance of the NBA on and off the court. (more…)