NBPA Reportedly Sends Memo to Agents Regarding Players Being Paid on Time

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2020

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James (23) dribbles during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Tuesday, March 10, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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On Friday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the National Basketball Players Association reached out to the league's players to inform them of a "doomsday provision included in the collective bargaining agreement that could free owners from paying players a percentage of their salaries should the rest of the season be lost to the coronavirus pandemic."

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, however, the NBPA has since told players that they "fully expect that players will continue to receive salary on their designated paydays."

Per Woj, the CBA has a "force majeure event clause" that can trigger in the case of an epidemic, natural disaster or war that would cost players "1/92.6th" of their salary per every game missed. Wojnarowski also reported that there had been no discussion between the league's owners and the NBPA about triggering the clause since the plan remains to resume the season in the future.

Currently, the NBA is on hiatus for another 28 days because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected over 142,320 people worldwide and led to 5,388 deaths.

The United States has 1,678 confirmed diagnoses and 41 deaths. Two NBA players, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, were diagnosed with the coronavirus.

A number of NBA players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Blake Griffin, Zion Williamson and Gobert have donated money to help stadium staff and others affected by the coronavirus pandemic. And several organizations, including the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks, have put in place financial programs to support arena workers who will be out of work during the league's hiatus.

Should the NBA return, it remains to be seen if the league's calendar would simply be pushed back by a month and all scheduled games would take place at a later date or if the league will cancel some games in a shortened regular season.

Playing games without fans in attendance once the hiatus ends also remains a possibility.

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