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Tim McHale
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Tim McHale

The editor-in-chief of SB Nation's site for all things Houston Texans, the aptly named Battle Red Blog.

The almighty franchise tag


As we await LeBron James' decision as to where he'll ply his trade for the next few years, it's hard to fathom an analogous situation in the NFL. Sure, we've seen the will-he-or-won't-he-oh-who's-he-kidding-of-course-he-will Brett Favre "drama" for the last few years, but nothing like what we're seeing now in the NBA. The differences between the NFL and NBA collective bargaining agreements are numerous, and yet perhaps the most basic reason we rarely see the feeding frenzy in the NFL that we've witnessed since July 1st in the NBA is the presence of the franchise tag in the NFL. The NBA simply doesn't have anything like it, which means unrestricted free agents are truly free to go where they please in the NBA, whereas an unrestricted free agent in the NFL is subject to being tagged by his team.

In a parallel universe, assuming he played football at the same level at which he's played basketball, LeBron James, Cleveland Brown, would never have been allowed to hit the open market this summer. If the team couldn't work out a long-term deal with him, he'd be hit with the franchise tag. He wouldn't be happy about it, I imagine, but that's the reality of the NFL world.

Right about now, the thought of a franchise-tagged LeBron probably sounds awfully good to Cleveland fans. Unfortunately, the much freer market in the NBA doesn't have the mechanism to make that happen.

By Tim McHale  |  July 8, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  | Category:  Collective Bargaining Agreement , Free Agency , NFL , NFL Rules Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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