Has this CBA put an end to back-loaded cap circumvention contracts in the future?
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01-06-2013, 01:09 PM
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Northern Virginia
This provision attacks a specific tactic that teams and agents employed to circumvent the cap under the last CBA: The attempt to tag on extremely low years at the end of a deal, which extend into a player's 40s (when he's likely to be retired). The implication is that the player will never suit up for those last year(s).
There was never anything wrong with starting high and ending at a lower rate, but there was a violation to the spirit of the CBA (if not the letter of the law) in the attempt to get a better cap hit by including very low salaries when a player was 42, 43, 44, etc. No one believes the player will play in those years.
This particular cap circumvention approach is no longer possible. Now I'm sure there will be new loopholes to emerge in the next eight years. This specific loophole is effectively closed.
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