I became a free body, but I am not free. It is the story of the professional basketball free agent (FA) system.
■ “Is it free for FA players to go abroad?”
Yang Hong-seok’s question at the Korea Professional Basketball League (KBL) FA briefing held on the 9th reminded us of the weak points of KBL’s current FA system.
Recently, among KBL players, overseas leagues are one of the main topics.
In particular, interest in Korean players is growing as the Japanese professional basketball ‘B.League’ has recently expanded qualitatively and 카지노사이트 quantitatively. An official familiar with domestic and foreign league basketball news said, “There is a demand for players in the ‘4th position (power forward)’, where our players are relatively competitive.”
Even if it’s not just Japan, overseas leagues are the goals of players with a spirit of challenge. Choi Jun-yong, who is considered the biggest free agent, also said in an interview with KBS last January, “It is still a dream to advance to a bigger stage and an overseas league.”
■ Although he is a free agent, he has no freedom to leave.
However, in the end, the answer to Yang Hong-seok’s question is ‘actually difficult’.
First of all, the KBL stipulates that if a free agent refuses to receive a letter of intent from a domestic club, he or she cannot play for the KBL for five years.
If a player who has obtained FA qualification chooses to advance overseas instead of an offer from a domestic team, it means that he must prepare for retirement in KBL.
The KBL side suggested “voluntary withdrawal” as an alternative.
In other words, sign an FA contract with the domestic club that submitted the letter of intent, and then go abroad after suspending the contract by “voluntary withdrawal” through an additional agreement.
However, it is an idea that is not logically established either from the perspective of the club, which is a ‘FA contract = immediate recruitment’, or from the player’s point of view, who has to ‘advance overseas with the club’s permission’. In a free contract where the interests of the club and the rights of the players intersect, we must hope for a ‘great victory’. Even if an agreement is reached between a broad-minded club and an earnest player, if the player returns to Korea, there is no freedom to choose a career path.
■ Ambition outside the well, reality inside the well
In addition to the contents related to overseas expansion, there are many restrictions on ‘freedom’ in KBL’s current free agent regulations.
It is within the 30th place in the overall salary ranking of the previous year, and players under the age of 32 are unconditionally forced to contract for 3 to 5 years. It can be interpreted as a measure to limit the range of decisions to decide which team to spend his heyday on and how to spend it.
Also, it cannot protect players who risked their lives to become free agents. If a player who has received a letter of intent from a club becomes a ‘contract not signed’ due to a breakdown in negotiations, the player becomes ‘Super E’. This is because if the contract is not concluded during the renegotiation, the ‘KBL Free Agent Management Regulations Article 3, Paragraph 6’ will be applied here, and the player will be disqualified for 5 years. There is no choice but to be dragged by the conditions presented by the club that holds the initiative.
It is necessary to look back to see if the pledge of KBL and 10 clubs, “I will not become a frog in the well,” is leading to an FA system suitable for the times.