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Old 04-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
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Default Been reading some of my old NBA books. One on various lawsuits vs the NBA in the 70s.

Spencer Haywood...Oscar robertson. Those lawsuits really made the league what it is. But I read something I found interesting....

Back when teams owned your rights forever no matter what you wanted...no free agency...

I never knew how they handled it when you just couldnt agree on a deal. I buy every book about the NBA and barely read half of them...so I missed it.

They just paid you your final seasons pay the next season on a one year deal. If you deserve a raise...and they dont feel like it...you just get your last seasons pay.

And that was an improvment. The system before that...if you didnt sign a new deal....you got last seasons pay...minus 25%.

Thats right.

The NBA took 25% of your salary in what I guess id call punishment for not taking the long term deal the team wanted you to.

They...kinda had to sue.


But im sure many here would support such a system today.
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Been reading some of my old NBA books. One on various lawsuits vs the NBA in the 70s.

Oh and Spencer Haywood signed a contract for like 1.9 million from an ABA team...massive for its time. But the pay was a 50 thousand signing bonus and like 50 thousand a year for some number of years. 6 I think. He didnt notice for some time that that doesnt add up to 1.9 million.

Turns out they had thrown in some fine print that says they got to pay him 75 thousand a year starting when he turned 40. He was 21 at the time. So he sued them before he even got around to suing the NBA for not letting him play.

Read the fine print.....always read the fine print.
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Default Re: Been reading some of my old NBA books. One on various lawsuits vs the NBA in the 70s.

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Oh and Spencer Haywood signed a contract for like 1.9 million from an ABA team...massive for its time. But the pay was a 50 thousand signing bonus and like 50 thousand a year for some number of years. 6 I think. He didnt notice for some time that that doesnt add up to 1.9 million.

Turns out they had thrown in some fine print that says they got to pay him 75 thousand a year starting when he turned 40. He was 21 at the time. So he sued them before he even got around to suing the NBA for not letting him play.

Read the fine print.....always read the fine print.

Wow, that's incredible. They basically just offered him a pension plan.

But yeah, it really comes down to allowing collective bargaining power to the players. Most sports had some extremely poor labor rules until the players got fed up.
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Default Re: Been reading some of my old NBA books. One on various lawsuits vs the NBA in the 70s.

That's why Oscar Robertson is blacklisted to this day. There's a reason only the hardcore fans really talk about him, he's the forgotten superstar.
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