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Sport Report: NBA teams won’t save on luxury tax if unvaccinated players miss games due to local mandates

07:40  05 october  2021
07:40  05 october  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Unvaccinated NBA players who are forced to sit out of games because of local coronavirus vaccine mandates won ' t get paid for the games they miss , according to The Athletic 's Shams Charania, as the league ramps up pressure to have its players vaccinated ahead of the start of the season. Key Facts. The NBA recently sent out a memo saying players on teams based in New York City and San Francisco, which both have indoor vaccine mandates , would have to be vaccinated to play in home games , but visiting players are exempt. The teams effected are the New York Knicks, the Brooklyn

NBA players who are forced to miss games because of local COVID-19 vaccine mandates will not be paid, the league announced Wednesday. NBA spokesman Mike Bass made the announcement during the start of training camp this week, revealing a policy that specially targets unvaccinated players in New York City and San Francisco. Irving did not attend the team ’s media day in person on Monday due to New York City’s COVID-19 protocols, and he received plenty of questions about his vaccination status and whether he would be compliant before the start of the NBA season.

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Nets star Kyrie Irving, who’s reportedly unvaccinated, refused to say whether he’ll be eligible for Brooklyn home games.

Unvaccinated Nets, Knicks and Warriors can’t play home games, per local mandates in New York and San Francisco. In fact, players who miss games due to those restrictions will have their salaries reduced.

Two big questions remained about the NBA’s policy:

  • By how much will salaries be reduced?
  • Will this be classified as a league suspension, allowing teams to reduce their luxury-tax payments?

Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks of ESPN:

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have agreed to a reduction in pay of 1/91.6 of a player’s salary for each game an unvaccinated player misses because of local COVID-19 vaccine mandates, sources told ESPN

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Unvaccinated NBA players who do not comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for the games they miss , announced Mike Bass, the NBA 's executive president of communications, on Wednesday. The rule mainly affects unvaccinated players on the Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors, as both New York and San If players remain unvaccinated , they cannot compete in home games , and Wednesday's announcement confirms that missing play will also mean less money. The cities' vaccination policies do not apply to players from visiting teams who compete at their arenas.

The National Basketball Association wants to fully embrace its upcoming 75th anniversary, but internal problems around Covid policies and vaccinations continue to overshadow the milestone. The NBA ’s Covid problems returned to the national spotlight when it announced unvaccinated players in New York and San Francisco won ’ t be paid if they miss games . The cities, not the league, issued a mandate that requires eligible people to be vaccinated for entry to public places, including sports arenas. NBA teams opened training camps this week, and most of the chatter was centered around

Teams, however, will not receive any luxury tax relief for the reductions in player salary due to these reductions, sources said.

The 91.6 figure appears to be based on the force-majeure clause of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was the inspiration of pay reduction for players who chose not to play in the Disney World bubble last year. The CBA uses 92.6 (based on five exhibition games, 82 regular-season games and 5.6 playoff games).

Perhaps, the switch to 91.6 was based on a shorter preseason. The Nets and Knicks each have four scheduled preseason games, and NBA teams average 4.4 this year. (The Warriors have five.)

Irving would lose $381,181 in base salary per game missed due to New York’s vaccine mandate. For the full season, he could lose $16,390,793 plus another $381,181 per postseason game.

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Local vaccination mandates supersede the NBA , meaning players in New York and San Francisco will have to sit out home games if they remain unvaccinated . AFP/file. The NBA isn' t forcing players to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but it is going to withhold pay for any player that misses games due to a local mandate . "Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses ," read a statement from NBA spokesman Mike Bass on Wednesday. Mandatory vaccinations for players has been a non-starter with the National Basketball Players

NBA Executive President of Communications Mike Bass made that announcement Wednesday. The league had issued a warning about this to the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors. It said vaccine protocols set by their home cities would prohibit their unvaccinated , non-exempt players from playing in home games in those cities. The cities' vaccination policies do not apply to players from visiting teams who play in their arenas. The Knicks said last week the team was fully vaccinated. Golden State Warriors Guard Andrew Wiggins remains a holdout.

But good luck determining when Irving is missing a game due to vaccine mandate or injury. Irving could even deliberately cloud the waters on whether he’s injured. Heck, Irving could also be away from the team for some other reason. Players generally don’t have their salary reduced when missing games for personal reasons. The Nets tend to cater to their stars.

The issue might be moot, anyway – at least in Brooklyn and Golden State. Other locations could implement similar mandates.

Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins got vaccinated (protecting $15,169,139 in salary).

Irving also might have let the cat out of the bag at Nets media day, saying, “I know that I’ll be there every day no matter what and just be present for my teammates as one of the leaders on the team. … I know that the focus has to be at an all-time high, no distractions. And this is the last thing I wanted to create was more distractions or more hoopla or more drama around this.”

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The NBA announced that unvaccinated players who are forced to miss games because of COVID-19 restrictions in certain cities would not be paid. NBA players could lose out on millions of dollars of salary if they don' t get the COVID-19 vaccine. "Any player who elects not to comply with local NBA players Jonathan Isaac and Bradley Beal have spoken out against vaccine mandates , and said it is a personal choice if a person wants to get the COVID-19 vaccination or not. Approximately 90% of NBA players are vaccinated, which leaves nearly 40 players who have yet to get the vaccine, league

The NBA said it won ' t pay unvaccinated players for games they miss because of COVID-19 protocols in cities like New York and San Francisco, ESPN reported . "Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses ," Mike ESPN reported that the protocols apply to players that who play for teams based in those cities, like the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors. Nets player Kyrie Irving declined to reveal his vaccination status after missing a media day on Monday in New York City due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports:

league sources believe Irving will wind up taking the vaccine, citing influence from his close friend and teammate Kevin Durant.

Based on their current roster, the Nets would have had their luxury-tax liability reduced by more than $1 million if the NBA allowed and if Irving missed a single game. Savings for future missed games would have been less, as Brooklyn fell into a lower tier of the progressive tax, though still substantial.

But, really, it seems the priority in Brooklyn was always just hoping Irving would get vaccinated and play home games.

Now, we better understand his incentive to do so.

Besides vaccinated people being less likely to contract, spread and have severe outcomes from coronavirus.

Report: NBA teams won’t save on luxury tax if unvaccinated players miss games due to local mandates originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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