Thanks for the link to the article. I enjoy reading detailed analyses like that one.
This topic has been driving me mildly bananas in the way its discussed in the media. Analysts and reporters work the word "unfair" into nearly everything I read or watch on the issue. The implication is that because it is unfair it must be removed from the CBA. In my estimation, the reporters themselves don't get it or (more likely) they think the public is too dim to get it. Either way, the conversation has been reduced to "Bad things are bad. Bad things go away makes things Good."
This system was INTENDED to be unfair. It is a mechanism with no other purpose than to give teams a better chance at keeping certain free agents by placing a substantial drag (draft choice compensation) on their free-market value. Every person involved in negotiating the CBA understood the purpose of this rule. It'd be incredibly heartening to hear one player, agent, or even a mainstream media member acknowledge that everyone on the players' side of the table understood what was being agreed to and that it was deemed acceptable in light of the other concessions made by the owners. It'd be nice to hear someone with a national voice say, "Yes, it stinks to be in Drew's or Santana's position but the players union bargained for other and/or greater benefits at the expense of a few its members' free agency. The union and the players continue to reap these other and greater benefits, so any discussion that involves doing away with the qualifying offer system must also contemplate some concession by the players."
There is just something irksome (to me, obviously) about one side of a deal complaining about a provision without acknowledging that they were compensated for the very thing they are complaining about. BTW, the same thing goes on in the NFL with the transition tag. No doubt, it truly sucks when you're the player the provisions impact directly but the players as a whole have benefited in other ways and the unions decided that they were acceptable trade-offs. I have yet to hear a QO free agent or transition tag player take their unions to task for agreeing to the provisions in the first place. It'd be refreshing.
Now whether the QO is working or has unintended consequences that make it less effective than anticipated, is another conversation entirely.
Edited by Dance with Disco Dan, 16 March 2014 - 08:18 AM.