June 2019 Basketball Wiretap

NBA Finalizes 19-20 Salary Cap At $109.14M, Tax Line At $132.627M

Jun 29, 2019 8:33 PM

The NBA has set the salary cap for the 19-20 season at $109.14 million with a tax line of $132.627 million.

The NBA's cap estimates for 19-20 have consistently been in this range.

The cap has increased from $70 million in 15-16 to $94.143 million in 16-17, $99.093 million 17-18 and $101.869 million in 18-19.

The minimum team salary, which is set at 90% of the Salary Cap, is $98.226 million for the 2019-20 season.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement provides for three different mid-level exceptions depending on a team’s salary level. The non-taxpayer mid-level for the 2019-20 season is $9.258 million, the taxpayer mid-level is $5.718 million, and the mid-level for a team with room under the Salary Cap is $4.767 million.

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Warriors Now Lead NBA In Revenue, Expected To Hit $600M In First San Francisco Season

Jun 28, 2019 3:30 PM

The Golden State Warriors are expected to generate more than $200 million in new revenue with their move to Chase Center, sources tell Brian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Within the past two seasons, the Warriors have passed the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers to become the highest-earning team in the NBA with more than $400 million in annual revenue.

By deduction, the Warriors are expected to have more than $600 million in revenue next season.

If the Warriors re-sign Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney, their salary and luxury tax bill could hit $375 million.

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Arn Tellem Cites Rookie Scale, Max Contracts For Shifting Agent Goals

Jun 12, 2019 10:10 AM

Arn Tellem pinpoints the shift in the player-agent dynamic to the advent of the rookie wage scale in 1996 and ensuing restrictions on max salaries.

With the amount of money a superstar player can earn already predetermined, agents became critical to players in exercising power over where he plays and with which teammates.

“That changed the perspective,” Tellem said. “If the salaries are roughly similar, what can a player control? It’s no longer financial. Where he has his say, then, where he has some control, is in the choice of where he plays and with whom he plays.”

Tellem helped Kobe Bryant join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996 when he was in the draft.

Now many players such as Anthony Davis has pre-agency in which they attempt to get to their preferred team before becoming a free agent.

“Other players are seeing the power, influence and control that a great player like (LeBron) James has over an organization, and are striving for that same control, power and influence,” said Jeff Van Gundy. “It’s the next level. And now you have to ask yourself, which I always do on these questions, What’s next?”

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Mark Cuban Advocates For Start Times To Maximize TV Ratings

Jun 7, 2019 12:14 PM

Mark Cuban believes the NBA should adjust start times based on attracting the largest potential television audience rather than catering to the convenience of fans who attend in person.

"What is the best start time for ratings? Because we don't have to worry about people showing up for the games -- whatever time we make it, they're going to show up," Cuban said.

Adam Silver alluded to the possibility of ratings being down because of LeBron James now playing in the Pacific Time Zone.

"Adam [Silver] said it clear as day: We make far more money off of television than we do from tickets," Cuban said, alluding to the TV deal the league signed with ESPN and TNT through the 2024-25 season worth a reported $2.66 billion annually. "So, that's our biggest customer. And particularly, given the changes with streaming and everything and the demographic makeup of television, we've got to give that a lot of careful consideration. You want to optimize for television first, because even a regular-season game, there's some funky start times and people show up."

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