The 2011 CBA restricted rookie wages, as all NFL players earn standard salaries relative to their draft position. While teams are now financially protected from draft busts, standout performers on rookie deals have become grossly underpaid. How can we reach a middle ground?
The impending salary cap increase beginning in 2016 significantly impacted the 2015 NBA Free Agency period, as teams have handed out more than $2 billion in salaries to the players. In addition, big-market teams failed to lure the best players available. What other themes emerged from this year’s free agency?
The NBA received extremely stellar viewership numbers for the 2015 NBA Finals and just agreed to a lucrative TV deal well into next decade. Now, the players and the league must carry the momentum forward and do everything possible to avoid a possible lockout in two seasons.
While international rookies like Yasiel Puig and Masahiro Tanaka receive multi-million dollar contracts before even playing a game in the MLB, American-bred rookies must endure a multi-year developmental process before earning a million dollar salary. This needs to change.