Collective Bargaining: Taking Control Away from the Players!
Have you ever wondered why National Basketball Association owners pay a 21 year-old college student twenty million dollars to play professional basketball? James Mitchum IV, owner of the Houston Tornadoes, wondered about that very same thing. While sitting in his office, he knew that a plan needed to be devised to change the system. Why is he cutting a check to a guy who hasnt even played a game? Why is he paying a player for potential? What if that player doesnt live up to that potential, can he get his money back? The answer to his dilemma is buried somewhere between the pages of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. After reading that document from stem to stern, he finds his answer, and he devises a plan to change the pay structure for the NBA players. The players wont like it, but so what?
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Great story, great idea, but you can tell it's written from the perspective of a person w/o experience in professional sports. Personally, found the book entertaining but the story was a little far fetched. All professional athletes when first drafted are paid on potential, That's all there is to evaluate them by. So, to say that your going to pay them all the same and expect that will make them more responsible or cause them to revert back to that child hood love for the game, is laughable. I also felt like the NFL should have been the sport discussed. Newly drafted NBA players are paid based on a agreed upon scale based on your draft position within the first round. Second round draft picks receive smaller contracts and often times non-gauranteed contracts. 1st round picks of the NBA draft aren't paid at the same level as the elite players, even if your as good (i.e. Lebron James)In comparison to the NFL, first round draft picks are paid based upon how well their agents negotiate. Resulting in massive contracts for rookie players who may or may not become an asset to that particular organization. Often times dwarfing the contracts of proven players at similiar positions. Not going to mention how irresponsible some of those guys are. Overall, found it entertaining. Good thing it's fiction...
I purchased this book, and it is a definite page turner. I was intrigued by the owners ability to work together to change the NBA pay structure. The players today only want money, money, money. I loved that the owners banded together to start forcing these players to play for the love of the game. I also liked the fact that, those players who performed, would be paid. No one is paid for potential.