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by Norm Hitzges    Thu, Nov 10, 2005, 06:33 PM

NBA Salaries. The numbers are huge but the topic is really pretty small…Mark Cuban doesn’t believe that it behooves the team or the NBA itself to be discussing the salaries of players all the time.

He has told his broadcasters not to discuss salaries during game broadcasts. This isn’t that big of a deal. I handled Mavericks play by play for years and, quite frankly the topic of salaries just does not come up that often while you are calling a game.

It doesn’t mean anything in particular. But, in a league where the salary cap is an integral part of doing business and where your team's position in regards to the cap has an impact an any deal you make, the salaries do become a topic of discussion.

I just think that there are circumstances where the announcers are going to have to come to grips with the fact that the owner does not want them to discuss salaries. There will be times throughout the season where this policy will restrict the discussion. For example, it is almost impossible to discuss trades in the NBA without bringing up salaries.

Now, I will grant Mark this: I think we all make too much of money. But, in a salary cap situation sometimes there is no way around it. But I think that this is an attempt to put toothpaste back in the tube.

And I agree that, at times the talk can get tiresome. But there are times where the talk is relevant to the situation. And at that time I think that the announcer has to feel free enough to at least give the basic story.

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