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Why Don’t We Let The Kids Play?

Kyle Tooley

In professional sports today, there is a rule that goes largely unnoticed even though it could possibly affect the income of many athletes across the country.  It is a rule that was once non-existent in the NBA and has been a topic of controversy for the NFL in recent years.  It is one that, had it not been in effect (or had been in effect in the NBA’s case) would have affected the careers of players such as Jadeveon Clowney, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, and Kevin Garnett.  Simply put, the NBA and the NFL should adopt the draft entry rules of the MLB and allow high school players to enter the draft.  Not only is it not fair for these leagues to put restraints on when athletes can start providing for their families, but it also tears apart the college game, especially for basketball.  Continue reading Why Don’t We Let The Kids Play?

The Art of Expiring Contracts

Kyle Tooley

On December 9th, 2011 Tayshaun Prince was rewarded with a contract extension from the Detroit Pistons worth $28 million over four years. And at the time, the contract made total sense: Prince was averaging 12 points per game over 33 minutes while grabbing 5 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists per game.  All the while, he was making a name for himself as one of the most efficient defensive players in the game.  He was an intricate piece on the team that brought the city of Detroit their first world championship in almost 15 years, and he was rewarded as such.  Fast-forward to the current 2014-15 season, and that contract makes little to no sense.  With age, Prince became a much less efficient player; averaging career lows in almost every statistic.  However, due to the 2011 extension, he is still making seven million a year.  Believe it or not, this is when Prince became the most valuable.  This is what we call the art of the expiring contract, and it’s a doozy.  The trade process is such a flawed one in the NBA that the mere fact that Prince’s contract is almost up makes him such a coveted player.  This is why he was traded twice in one season and three times in two years.  Everybody wants him because he’s almost gone. Continue reading The Art of Expiring Contracts

How Small Market Teams Find Success

Kyle Tooley

The past sport’s year alone has seen two classifiable “small-market” teams make it to their respective championship games.  With the Kansas City Royals of the MLB and the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA, we see two different structures and formulas for building a championship team.  And actually, the methods should be different.  Small-market teams are affected differently in the MLB than they are in the NBA, and that has to do with how each league’s salary cap rules, or lack thereof, are set up.  But when it’s game seven and we have a team from New York or Los Angeles matching up against a team from Sacramento or San Antonio we have to ask the questions of how did this happen? How was a relatively poor team able to compete with teams that don’t have a money problem?

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