Why does the Room Exception exist?

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Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#1 » by Alonzo_Morning » Wed Jul 4, 2018 9:34 pm

If you have cap room left, why do you need to use an exception? And if the salary pushes you over the cap, why wouldn't it just be the non taxpayer MLE? I get that you are hard capped but, teams using the room exception would have filled their roster and wouldn't be anywhere near the apron. Also it's smaller than the MLE.

Seems fairly redundant and useless to me
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#2 » by DBoys » Wed Jul 4, 2018 11:33 pm

If you have cap room left, you use cap room, and everything you do depletes that cap room. It's only when your cap room is filled that you need and use exceptions. So conceptually, you use your cap in its entirety, and then you are given the room MLE (and whatever other exceptions you might have, such as minimums) to go spend a bit more if you wish.

The rationale was that over-cap teams get an MLE when they are past the cap, so under cap teams should get one too.

But they felt that under-cap teams get cap room well beyond the NT MLE already, so that's their initial advantage in free agency. And the NT MLE, which allows an over-cap team to try to improve their roster a bit, is usable in FULL for teams with no cap room only to the extent a team is below the apron. The league's goal isn't to generally inhibit spending, but rather to get all the teams to spend all the amount the owners as a group need to spend, and in a generally balanced way.
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#3 » by DBoys » Thu Jul 5, 2018 12:01 am

That was wordy to write, and probably wandered all over the lot, as conceptual ideas on the cap often do.

TLDR version: Room MLE was added, just like the original MLE was added, because union and owners felt it would help enhance the spending aims of their system.
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#4 » by Alonzo_Morning » Mon Jul 9, 2018 12:47 pm

Thanks, but it's still not much clearer to me why it needs to exist.
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#5 » by Smitty731 » Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:57 pm

Alonzo_Morning wrote:Thanks, but it's still not much clearer to me why it needs to exist.


DBoys explained it pretty well, especially in the last bit of his second post.

Teams get to use cap space and then have a little extra "bonus" money at the end to use. The NBPA wants teams to have as many tools as possible to get players paid. Teams want to have have options to build their roster. That is why the Room Exception exists.
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#6 » by Alonzo_Morning » Tue Jul 10, 2018 7:08 pm

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Alonzo_Morning wrote:Thanks, but it's still not much clearer to me why it needs to exist.


DBoys explained it pretty well, especially in the last bit of his second post.

Teams get to use cap space and then have a little extra "bonus" money at the end to use. The NBPA wants teams to have as many tools as possible to get players paid. Teams want to have have options to build their roster. That is why the Room Exception exists.


Wouldn't the "bonus money" put them over the cap if it wasn't called the room exception? Then they could just call it the mid level exception? And if the "bonus money" didn't put them over the cap, why not just use cap space?

It's not like you can use the room exception and the MLE
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Re: Why does the Room Exception exist? 

Post#7 » by DBoys » Wed Jul 11, 2018 12:20 am

Look, nothing "needs to exist" in that CBA. It's an agreement, a contract. The parties to it (high dollar players, low dollar players, big market franchises, little market franchises, and even agents to some degree) all have had a say, and one thing has been added here, and then another there. Sometimes something has unintended consequences, so the next time they added something else to fix what they didn't mean to break. Or some times one side gets one thing, so a different side asks for another. Or someone can get a throw in, to make up for something else, just because. Everyone is clawing for what they want the most, and layering onto what is already in place. Everything doesn't have to make sense for everyone.

So when you are wanting someone to explain to you what each side saw in the system they had, that had them negotiate some sort of added way to spend and tack it onto what they already had, ie the Room MLE, there is no way to answer that. Unless you were in the room, it can't be answered what everyone wanted out of that provision - and probably you wouldn't know the answer of what EVERYONE's motivation was, even then. They just decided, for some reason that one of the sides presented (which they felt would make the deal more helpful to their constituency), to add it.

Smitty's responses are excellent. If you don't like them, then feel free to figure out your own answer why all the various parties agreed to add on an extra way to spend. And really, no disrespect intended, but it doesn't much matter - it just is what it is.

It's a compromise, on top of a negotiation, on top of a past document that came about the same way, on top of a prior one, and at the end of the day the union and owners together felt it would help enhance the spending aims of their system. That's all we know.

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