The largely free market loving, Republican owners of the NBA teams pushed hard in the last Collective Bargaining Agreement for something that you would think goes against their nature — an increased and very stiff tax structure that sets up a more socialist system. (They would argue the system is needed for the growth of the overall sport.) But the tax penalty only works if an owner is afraid to pay it. Brooklyn Nets own Mikhail Prokhorov laughs at it. Or at least isn't going to blink writing a very large check.
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