SBD/18/Leagues Governing Bodies

IS ROOKIE WAGE A BIGGER CONCERN TO NBA THAN OPENING CBA?

          In Philadelphia, Timothy Dwyer writes when NBA owners
     meet Monday in Texas, they "are supposed to talk about"
     reopening the CBA, but that "a more difficult matter" is
     correcting the rookie salary cap, "a mistake that, if
     allowed to continue, could crash the NBA economy."  Dwyer
     writes that the rookie cap and three-year guaranteed
     contract has caused "chaos in the league."  Dwyer: "[T]he
     owners must change that rule.  To save their game and their
     league.  Or else players with promise ... are going to drive
     the salary structures so high the league will collapse, one
     small-market team at a time" (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/18).

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