NBA Releases BRI Audit
NEW YORK, July 22, 2011 – The NBA and National Basketball Players Association completed the 2010-11 NBA season audit of Basketball Related Income (BRI) and player compensation. Among the results from the audit:
• BRI increased by 4.8% from $3.643 billion in 2009-10 to $3.817 billion in 2010-11.
• Total player compensation also increased by 4.8% from $2.076 billion in 2009-10 to $2.176 billion in 2010-11. This marks the sixth consecutive season that player compensation increased under the expired CBA.
• Total player compensation equaled 57% of BRI.
• The average player salary for the 2010-11 season was $5.15 million. Over the six-year term of the expired CBA, the average player salary increased by a total of 16%.
Ten days ago Steve Aschburner reported on NBA.com that because of player salaries being 57% or less the players would received $160 million that had been put into escrow out of their regular paychecks. That’s equal to 8% of their paychecks and is the first time since the last collective bargaining agreement in 1999 the players received that money back.