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The CBA Process

November 22nd, 2011 by Melvin

Longer than a tweet, not worth a whole post, here’s how I feel about the CBA, sans specifics.

This is the same process that brought us the brilliant free agent draft pick compensation program, which intended to compensate small market teams but in reality killed the earning power of free agents caught on the wrong side of the A/B status bubble. The social engineering / top down planning approach to negotiations makes it impossible to foresee the various incentives created and how they play against each other. Negotiators intend one thing but reality leads somewhere else. The more you see this stuff happening with the new CBA the more accidental problems the league is creating for itself down the line. Tom Krasovic alludes that smart people are already looking for ways to outsmart the system.

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