NBA luxury tax

Jerry Reinsdorf says the Bulls will pay to win. We’ll see.

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If you want the model of how to win without spending like Mark Cuban, you look at the Bulls. Even during the Jordan era owner Jerry Reinsdorf was a guy who won as cheaply as he could. He does not like to pay the luxury tax. Right now, the Bulls are doing that again — [more]

Lakers, Mavericks, other big spenders safe for two years

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Part of the reason we lost 480 NBA games this season is because a bunch of owners were pissed at the Lakers, Mavericks, Heat, Celtics and other owners willing to spend over the luxury tax. Small market owners wanted to tie the hands of the big spenders in the name of the mythical “competitive balance.” [more]

Report: Owners back off 50/50 split demand. For now.

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NBA owners and players will be back across the table from each other negotiating on Wednesday. Something they should have been doing every day since talks blew up last Thursday, but we won’t get into that. At least they are talking again. The reason they are talking again is the owners have backed off their [more]

Jazz show how small markets can stay afloat, but winning costs

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The Salt Lake Tribune did a fantastic story over the weekend looking at the finances of the Utah Jazz and how that ties to the fortunes of late owner Larry Miller. It’s a great bit of reporting. Some interesting tidbits out of that is how the Jazz have a passionate fan base — they averaged [more]

Players, owners see incremental progress on second long day of meetings

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Representatives of the NBA owners and players have sat in the same room with federal mediator George Cohen for more than 24 hours over two days. That will have to do for progress; the two sides do not have a deal yet. But while there was no breakthrough, there was some progress on the key [more]