Friday, May 25, 2007

Humanitarian Intervention?

In the last year or two, I've heard "who cares" and the "Knicks" joined in the same sentence more than the sum total in all of my other years following New York sports combined.

The solution? Hat tip to William Rhoden of the NYT:

"The N.B.A. should act like the World Bank and treat the Knicks like a developing nation. The league needs success in New York and there is only one way to achieve that: The N.B.A. has to forgive the Knicks’ debt.

Last season, the Knicks had a payroll of more than $120 million, the largest by far in the N.B.A. The Knicks are perennially so far over the league’s salary cap that it will be a long time before they can obtain the sort of transcendent player who can lead them to a championship.

The salary cap was installed nearly two decades ago as a way to prevent teams in larger markets from outspending smaller-market teams and buying up the best players. But the cap hasn’t stopped the Knicks from ill-advised spending, from habitually becoming entangled with bad contracts, flawed players and star-crossed coaches.

There is a precedent for this sort of relief. In the summer of 2005, Stern persuaded the owners to include an amnesty clause in the collective-bargaining agreement: a one-time opportunity for teams to waive one player and avoid having him count against the team’s luxury-tax calculation."

Where's Bono when you need him?


At 8:21 PM, Blogger some guy said...

I love Rhoden's arrogance. In case he hadn't noticed, the NBA is doing just fine while the Knicks have been sucking over the past decade.


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