- Mar 26, 2005
Without parsing the specifics of the CBAs (including what constitutes "Revenues" as it is defined to mean the portion of the pie divided between owners and players, the NBA once gave players 57% of "Revenues" but reduced it to 51.5% of "Revenues" in the subsequent CBA as they said that was too much. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NBA_salary_cap, which says "Under the 2005 CBA, salaries were capped at 57 percent of basketball-related income (BRI) and lasted for six years until June 30, 2011. The next CBA, which took effect in 2011, set the cap at 51.2 percent of BRI in 2011–12, with a 49-to-51 band in subsequent years. "So the question is, in the salary cap/luxury tax era, as one collective bargaining agreement expired and negotiations began on the next one, has there been a case where owners have publicly demanded that players accept a lower salary cap than existed in the previous CBA? I'm not asking whether they've demanded a lower percentage of growth over the previous salary cap/luxury tax. I'm asking whether they have said, The salary cap in the just-expired CBA was X. In the new CBA we want it to be Y percent lower than X.