You think I would've known everything there was to know about BRI by now, being a huge fan of the sport, but truth-be-told, I only learned about it after the lockout took place.. I want to know exactly how the players and owners are using/distributing the BRI, specifically the players.
In another thread Oldtimer mentioned that "in the 2009-10 season the total BRI was $3.643 billion and the players' 57% share was $2,076 billion. In the 2010-11 season the respective numbers were $3.817 billion in BRI and $2.176 billion in players' share." OK (and thanks Oldtimer for posting that btw), now for the players, how is their share coming to them?? For instance, that 2010-2011 BRI number for the players ($2.176 billion) --- does that get divided at the end of the year by 450 players and then distributed evenly? Does Landry Fields get the same BRI amount as star players like Melo & STAT?? Do the players even see all this money directly? I guess they do, a major portion of it at least, but how much? Does the players union withhold any of it? I mean if you divide a round figure of 2 billion by 450 players it works out to more than $4.4 million dollars per player. Did every player in the league receive a check for over $4.4 million bucks last year in addition to their salaries?? If they did, man, I must've be living on a desert island or something because I had no idea each player got that kind of kicker...And the owners would get even more, even at a lesser overall percentage -- there's only 30 owners compared to 450 players.
So where is all this BRI money going? How do the players get their cut? Evenly distributed throughout the year in multiple checks? One lump sum check at the end of the year?? Just curious, I really have no idea how it works..