NBA’s Next CBA Could Further Benefit Small Market Teams

The NBA’s next collective-bargaining agreement could have increased revenue sharing between small and large market teams, according to Jeff Duncan and Lee Zurik of Adam Silver

The report from Duncan and Zurik cited a conversation that Pelicans president Dennis Lauscha had with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. It indicated that Silver said that the next CBA could have “an enhanced revenue sharing model” that would prove beneficial smaller market clubs such as New Orleans.

“He’s very happy with what we’re doing in this market,” Lauscha said. “He’s actually bullish. He thinks a lot of things could land in our favor (in the new CBA). We’re going into this very optimistically.”

Kurt Helin of NBC Sports broke down what it may mean and how some teams might react to the idea of increased revenue sharing.

“What that means is unclear, and while it may be what Silver envisions it has to be negotiated — the Lakers and Knicks are not looking to just throw more of their local revenue in the pot for fun,” Helin wrote.

“That extra revenue would boost the bottom line of a number of teams that operate each season on the edge of even (or a little bit below, for just that year, although increased franchise valuation and other things are not factored into that number).”

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