Dave’s been busy. He’ll be telling you why shortly. He was excited and passed along this message
Can we re-post this? I think what Patrick says is great.
We told you competitive balance rherotic was bull | The NBA Geek
I’ll let you read the full article but Patrick kindly takes us down memory lane to remind us that this subject has come up a few times before
This article might take me longer than usual because it’s going to take me a while to track down all the times we brought this up.
- I brought it up on my first podcast with FillingTheLanes
- I mentioned in my article about revenue sharing that it wasn’t about small markets competing, it was about small markets making more money (yes, there is a big difference, ask the very profitable Pittsburgh Pirates).
- David Berri brought it up twice on Freakonomics.com (here and here — although the latter is about baseball).
- Speaking of David, he’s noted, oh, about a billion times, that salary restrictions do not lead to more competition in sports leagues.
- I wrote on that same blog that the NBA owners probably don’t actually want parity.
- Thanks to the short supply of tall people, parity isn’t really possible (and based on thier All-NBA voting,sportswriters agree).
- Even ESPN knows this, and Henry Abbot has been talking a lot about it lately.
I also had my own favorite post from yesteryday
Dave has been saying paying players what they are worth ala the MLB is not a bad idea. Many view this as bad to small market teams. Deadspin actually provides a great counter point.
Once bullshit max contracts were the rule, the less appealing franchises couldn’t spend extra to attract or retain players, leaving Cleveland to compete with Miami head to head, as a destination. This encouraged stars to make decisions for more than money. If LeBron James or Chris Paul is going to get roughly the same deal wherever he goes, why not go to a city he likes where he can play basketball with talented friends and win a lot of games? Maybe you think that’s bullshit, but that’s exactly what stars are incentivized to do under the max-contract regime, which, as I say, is the real bullshit here.
I know we added a bit more profanity than normal to our links. With all the NBA’s crazy owner action in the last week though I’m not too upset with fans for swearing even a little.
I’m happy the NBA is back and great writers are writing great posts about the NBA. I’m sad the NBA is still making bad decisions but not surprised in the least.