The NBPA Notified Players About The CBA’s ‘Doomsday Provision’ That Could Jeopardize Their Salaries

This week, the NBA officially put its season on hold, as the COVID-19, aka novel coronavirus, continues to spread across the globe and spurs an unprecedented health crisis that threatens the safety of millions. Most other sports leagues have followed suit in recent days with canceling upcoming events or putting things on indefinite hiatus.

The NBA has said it will reassess the situation in a month and that, while it’s possible the season could resume if the virus is adequately contained in that time, it’s equally possible that we’re facing a canceled season, the ripple effects of which would be exponential to everyone involved.

On Friday, the league announced that it was working together with the players’ union on an agreement to enter a moratorium period that would freeze all transactions, effectively immediately and lasting until April 10, when the situation can be reassessed.

However, the NBPA also notified the players of what’s been termed a “doomsday provision” in the current CBA that could potentially cost them part of their salaries if the season is indeed canceled altogether, although Adrian Wojnarowski was quick to clarify that this hasn’t been made official.

“According to Article XXXIX, Section 5 in the CBA, players lose 1/92.6 of their salary for every game missed as a result of a force majeure event — this refers to events or conditions that make it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligation under the CBA,” Wojnarowski wrote.

The potential financial implications of a lost season would be astronomical, and it appears the owners have built in at least some safeguards to make sure they have financial recourse if worse comes to worse. The good news is that, for now, it doesn’t look like this is an avenue anyone will explore.