The NBA, an economic ocean liner, is not being oblivious to the coronavirus crisis. He has been negotiating with the players union for days a reduction of the salary to face the losses he is having due to the absence of matches. The meetings are not being easy, but the commissioner, with Adam Silver at the helm, has an ace up his sleeve.
In the collective agreement signed in 2017, included a clause that allowed the league to reduce players’ wages if the NBA was hit by a force majeure (war, natural catastrophe, pandemic …). We are in those and, although the intention of the owners is to reach an agreement, the negotiation is taking place with this clause on the table.
According to the same, for every game that is not played, the league could reduce about 1 percent of the salary, which would be equivalent to 25 percent if no more match was played this season.
ESPN Sources: The NBA and NBPA are discussing scenarios for withholding up to 25 percent of players remaining salaries in a league escrow should regular-season games eventually be canceled. Story: https://t.co/KlGLY85nMp
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 1, 2020
All in all, the NBA’s intention is to look for alternatives so that the season can end and that there is a champion. For this, it does not rule out taking all the teams to the same stage and playing there all the matches of the final phase, even without an audience.