Meaningless CBA comparison

I had been working on a long post comparing the pros and cons of the various new collective bargaining agreements, but after yesterday’s events involving the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the New Orleans Hornets/Los Angeles Lakers, I realized that it’s pointless. Take a look at the chart below, and comment away if you feel like it.

5 thoughts on “Meaningless CBA comparison

  1. Well, I guess this also means major renovations are in store for HP Pavilion before 2017-18…or at least there better be!

  2. By the way, nice chart RM. I’d love to make the “minimum” in any of the leagues.

  3. Damn, I should have practiced much harder….

  4. It is noteworthy that the NBA and NFL raised their league minimum payrolls with their new CBAs. Think about this as an A’s fan – what the A’s have perpetually done in the Beane era, in terms of the perpetual rebuild/trade veterans for 0-3 year service players – it’s not even really possible in the other two major leagues. Or, a more stark example, what the Marlins have done twice en route to World Series wins – raising payroll in a short contention window, then slashing payroll drastically. That can’t even happen in the other two leagues anymore.

    Personally, as a guy who tends to think like a small-market GM, I don’t like it. The new NFL and NBA CBA’s literally force bad teams in bad markets to overpay for mediocre players, just to get up to the payroll floor. It takes some of the skill and strategic long-term planning out of GMing. What Beane is doing right now is executing a strategic long-term plan. I would find it frustrating if there was a league rule that essentially put a gun to Beane’s head and forced him to give Josh Willingham a 3 year deal for $45M just to get up to a payroll floor, knowing that that money could be better spent elsewhere.

    When you also factor in what MLB did with the draft and international bonus restrictions, all three CBAs have instituted new things that reduce risk for owners but reduce flexibility in long-term planning and decision-making for the front offices. The front-office machinations and financial strategy are my favorite parts of the game, so…I don’t like it.

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