Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Qi Ge

Keywords

National Basketball Association, competitive balance, salary cap, collective bargaining agreement

Abstract

Following the 1998-99 NBA lockout, the league instituted a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) that, among other things, set a cap on individual player salaries for the first time in a professional sports league. This paper examines how these changes affected competitive balance within the league. I find that, contrary to previous results, the 1999 CBA had no effect on parity within the NBA. Furthermore, I find evidence that as the NBA has opened its doors to international players, competition within the league has become more balanced.

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