Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
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.
Couture, Cody, "Salary Caps and Competitive Balance in the NBA" (2016). Economics Student Theses and Capstone Projects. 2.