Remember back in 2003 when then-commissioner Bud Selig proposed a change to the MLB All-Star Game after the ’02 game ended in a 7-7, 11-inning tie when both teams ran out of pitchers? Selig was booed in his own Milwaukee backyard and six months later, owners voted 30-0 to make the league winner of the All-Star Game have home field for the World Series.
Fans kind of were confused about the whole thing. They asked sports talk shows across the country, “How can a popularity contest (let’s call it what it is since it’s fan voting that gets these players on the squads in the first place) in which the players’ teams very well won’t even be represented in the World Series determine who has the advantage of the home stadium and crowd?”
The Winning League In Miami Won’t Determine The World Series This Year
The rule changed again this past December and now the pennant winner with the better regular season record will now have the home field advantage, but…
…Can you imagine a subjective vote determining not just a championship, but a player’s future financially?
That’s basically what’s about to happen in the NBA.
There’s A Lot Of Money At Stake
It’s called the Designated Player Exception and what it means is this (explained by the Washington Post):
A player qualifies for the DPE, which can be used to give a player a contract extension or to sign him as a free agent, if he does one of the following:
1. He makes one of the three all-NBA teams or is named either defensive player of the year or most valuable player the previous season.
2. He has made one of the three all-NBA teams or has been named defensive player of the year in two of the prior three seasons or the league’s most valuable player in one of the three prior seasons.
And this crucial stipulation: He has to be on the team that drafted him or has to have been traded on his rookie deal to another team.
The “Derrick Rose Rule” Was Enacted To Reward Rookies For Playing At A High Level
The concept isn’t exactly new to the NBA.
When the 2011 CBA was ratified in December 2011, there was a provision in there commonly referred to, “The Derrick Rose Rule,” after the Chicago Bulls paid their hometown superstar 30-percent of the cap (rather than the standard 25-percent) because Rose had just won the MVP award. The rule stated (in simple terms): A player finishing his rookie contract can make the additional 5-percent if he’s twice been voted an All-Star starter, twice been voted All-NBA or won an MVP award.
So fast forward to now…