Salary Cap and Player Points
Prior to the 2003-04 season, the NBL instituted a groundbreaking new Points System aimed at providing a level playing field for all teams by ensuring a more even distribution of talent and experience around the league. Prior to the 2009/10 season, a number of reforms were made to the system to ensure that it continued to operate effectively.
Teams must conform to both the NBL Points System and NBL Salary Cap. A basic explanation of the NBL Points System and the NBL Salary Cap for fans is detailed below, it also includes an explanation for the Marquee Player Rule which was implemented prior to the 2014/15 season.
Player Points System
Each NBL player will be allocated a Player Points Ranking (PPR) between 1 and 10 prior to each season based on their performance in the NBL or based on the league they have participated in for the season just concluded. This ranking will be updated each year.
For the purposes of NBL player contracting, a player will retain his PPR as at the commencement of the contract and for the duration of that contract. Subsequent NBL playing contracts between the same player and the same club will use the allocated PPR at the commencement season of the new contract.
All initial PPR’s will be reviewed by the Points Appeal Panel prior to the rankings being released to the players. Players who dispute the PPR assigned to them have the opportunity to have such ranking reviewed by the NBL Points Appeals Panel.
The NBL Commission and NBLPA determined the TTP will be 70 points per club. The TTP calculation for each Club is to include all players on the club’s active roster, up to and including players 11 & 12 if contracted. Registered NBL Development players are exempt from the calculation of the TTP.
All first year Restricted Players (imports) shall be assigned a PPR of 10 for the duration of their initial NBL Contract. For subsequent contracts these players’ PPR will be determined using the PPR principles applied to all other contracted NBL players.
Salary Cap and Marquee Player Rule
The NBL Salary Cap, like the NBL Points System, is a device used to ensure parity within the league while allowing teams from different sized markets to compete evenly for playing talent. The Salary Cap for the NBL is set at AUD $1,000,000
Ahead of the 2014/15 season the NBL announced the introduction of a Marquee Player Rule which allows for a team to pay one player above the salary cap. This recruiting tool is an important move to allow greater talent in the NBL as well as to retain local players who could be tempted by lucrative opportunities in other leagues.