pavementplmokn wrote:PaulieWal wrote:pavementplmokn wrote:
They can afford to do it, yes, in perpetuity. Wanna bet that if owners have to subsidize player contracts, billionaires still continue to line up to own NBA franchises? Because it's crazy profitable, and would continue to be so, even if that margin is cut into a little bit to continue to pay the workers that create all the value in the league.
You do realize if the situation comes where the owners will have to keep the cap artificially high in perpetuity, the league won't be profitable and the values of the franchise will drop as well, so no, what you are saying is objectively not sustainable nor realistic.
No I do not realize that... In fact I am arguing the exact opposite. You think the like $15 million per team that is being talked about that each owner would subsizide would drop franchise valuations and take a huge chunk out of league profits? LOL!
I don't mean to be an ass, but I think you guys kind of have no idea how much money the NBA makes and how incredibly solid of an investment these franchies have been for the mega-rich for the last few decades.
Subzidizing $15 million or so per team per year to make sure that teams can actually be built properly and players get paid what they are now at least..... that is absolutely nothing.
LMAO these teams have been great investments for decades? 7 years ago it took a mayor putting together a group of 300 investors to keep a team in place. 10 years ago 1 team was sold at a $120 million loss and the other was turned over to the league for the debt the team owed the league. While people today scream about Seattle getting their team back, it was on the market for 2 years and only sold to a group who had every intention of moving the team.
Almost every one of these teams owes a lot of money that they spend yearly from a line of credit the NBA gives teams. That line of credit is based on a valuation of the teams. That value includes a very big national TV contract and their regional broadcasting deals as well as arena income. On top of the line of credit a lot of these teams owe private lenders and banks money.
Once you calculate the coaching staff, back office staff, front office staff, players, travel, and everything else a lot of these teams are lucky if they break even in cash flow. Some of the revenue sharing instituted in 2011 helped, the lower percentage payout to players in the 2011 CBA also helped, but a lot of teams still struggle to get anywhere.
What many do not understand is that in 2013 the NBA signed the national TV deal which almost tripled that income starting in 2014. The huge salary jumps in 2016 and since were a direct result of that deal. That deal expires in 2023, which means a deal should be signed 2 years from now. The TV networks broke off those contract talks this summer though, and after this finals ratings mess that deal is not likely to be anywhere close to where they were at in the current deal without a huge jump in ratings next year. I am not exaggerating when I say half the league could be sold or go bankrupt if that national TV deal gets cut in half, and nobody is going to pay billions to get into a league losing half their teams.