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Volume 25 No. 61
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NBA Revenue Sharing System To Remain Throughout Current CBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said that the league will keep in place its revenue-sharing plan that was originally adopted in '11 and has been modified over the years. “The agreement was to keep this plan in place through the remainder of this CBA. So that takes us to the '22-23 season,” he said after Friday’s BOG meeting. “The changes we made were designed to better align incentives to ensure that the teams who are contributing to revenue sharing feel absolutely incentivized to generate every last dollar and to continue building their business, and incentives to ensure that the teams that receive revenue sharing are also appropriately incentivized.” The league is also discussing the possibility of creating a play-in game format around the playoffs. “There have been proposals that the league has been looking at in the last several weeks,” Silver said. “In fact, we reviewed a play-in-type proposal with the Competition Committee recently and we discussed it in the Board of Governors meeting. I'm sure we'll be discussing it again this summer at our next meeting.” Silver also said he expects an investigation into workplace issues within the Mavericks to be completed by early summer. Silver said, “It's been incredibly thorough. It includes interviewing every single employee of the Mavericks' organization plus every former employee who is willing to make themselves available to the investigators. From everything I've heard directly from the investigators, everyone has been completely cooperative" (John Lombardo, Staff Writer).

TANKS FOR NOTHING: USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt noted Silver acknowledged that he "had discussions with 'several teams about what the product was they were putting on the floor.'" Silver said, "I’ll leave it at that. They were just direct conversations we had with teams." He said he finds tanking an "incredibly difficult issue." Silver: "We recognize that our goal is to put the best competition on the floor, and it’s balanced against legitimate rebuilding of some teams. I know we’re not there yet. I certainly wasn’t satisfied.” Zillgitt noted starting with the '18-19 season, the "three highest lottery seeds will each have a 14% chance of winning the top pick compared to 25% for the team with the worst record" in the current system. But Silver said the league will "continue to look at the issue."  Silver: “We'll see how much of an impact that has. But my sense is we're still going to have some work to do" (USATODAY.com, 4/13).