Details of the B-List Items in the New CBA
Here are the “B-List” items agreed upon today and in the final version of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement being voted on by the members of the NBPA (Players) today and tomorrow, and being voted on by the Board of Governors (Owners) tomorrow.
- The minimum team salary will be 80 percent of the salary cap in 2011-12, 85 percent in ’12-’13 and 90 percent in ’13-’14. (Note: This was previously reported to be 85% for both 2011-12 and 2012-13.) 80 percent of a presumed $58 million is $46.4 million.
- The international player buyout amount is increased from $500,000 to $525,000 this year and will increase by $25,000 each additional season. This can now also apply to American players playing overseas.
- Player contracts can be renegotiated downward in extensions, as long as the player’s salary does not decrease by more than 40 percent. Previously, renegotiations could only increase a player’s salary. This could provide another key avenue for teams to maintain roster flexibility and add players with space created by restructuring existing contracts, similar to the NFL.
- Minimum fee for player promotional appearances made on behalf of commercial sponsor set at $3,000 ($3,500 beginning in 2016-17). The fee is $4,000 for appearances beyond eight in a season.
- Players will have a minimum of 16 days off per season beginning in 2012-13. A joint NBA-NBPA committee will study further improvements to workplace conditions, focusing on such issues as back-to-back games and two-a-days during training camp.
- Draft eligibility age remains set at one year removed from high school, with a joint NBA-NBPA committee discussing future changes.
- Players with three or fewer years of service can receive unlimited assignments to the NBA Development League but will be paid their NBA salaries. Players with more than three years of service can be assigned to the D-League with their consent, for example, for injury rehab. Previously this was limited to players with two years or less of service.
- Beginning in 2012-13, players can be tested a maximum of two times during the offseason for performance-enhancing drugs only. Previously, players were subject to four random drug screenings from Oct. 1-June 30. HGH testing is not included, but the joint NBA-NBPA committee will study its possible future inclusion if it is agreed that the tests would be scientifically reliable. Players cannot be tested on game night.
- The player per diem is set at $120, training camp compensation is increased to $2,000 per week and housing reimbursement for traded players is increased to $4,500 for three months following the trade. Players receive per diem, typically in cash, for each day they are not at “home.”
- There will be a neutral review of David Stern’s disciplining of players for on-court behavior with regards to fines. Presumably the idea would be to set guidelines so players and teams know what to expect.
- As previously mentioned, a new benefits pool funded by BRI will be created for post-career health and wellness care.
- Beginning with the 2012-13 season players will have the option to direct portions of their salary to an annuity to be paid to the player upon retirement.
- Players will earn 66/82 (80.49%) of their official salary for 2011-12. (HOOPSWORLD will continue to show the full season salary on our salary pages because those are the official numbers.)
- Players can request up to 50% of their salary as an advance on October 1st.
- Players can agree to wear a microphone during a game for one nationally televised game and one locally televised game per month. In addition, up to two games per playoff round. Players cannot be disciplined for anything recorded from that microphone.