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NZNBL: players in pay dispute?

Just read that venky jois and nnana egwu have quit the Rangers based on a pay dispute? Does this happen often in NZ NBL?

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Quarterman, jois and Egwu all left due to not being paid.

The rangers are a poorly run team who should be out of the league but this is the exception

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Cairns should sign or 3

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Need a source to say that, that is true. Most people seem to know it, but maybe they just cut them because their season is over? Savings?

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NZNBL talked about as a legit league and the the emerging second tier league....this is bush league type stuff if true.

You expect this kind of stuff in the Polish third division.

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The Rangers are coached/managed by Jeff Green - enough said

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This kind of stuff happened in the NBL too, not all that long ago.

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"With news earlier in the week that Chris Early had headed home to the USA, the Airs went in without any imports and despite putting up more shot attempts than the Huskies, it was a huge loss on an ice-cold shooting night for the visitors."

Yes and got flogged by 53. Legit League is is, but that's non legit.

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Mountain Airs released two of their imports half way through the season then their last import left a few days ago. Not a good look however it transpired.

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"The club will have no hesitation in getting Tim, Venky and Nnanna back next year if the opportunity arises.
As with these situations speculation around the reasons why the three imports have decided to move on from the club are rampant. The club responds to this speculation as follows:
1. We can confirm that there are no payments owed to our imports;
2. Timothy Quarterman has flown out;
3. Venky Jois and Nnanna Egwu will leave ASAP.

The club wishes to focus on our remaining two home games against the top two teams in the Sal's NBL; Hawke's Bay Hawkes and Wellington Saints."

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Why the heck would they go back

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""Moving forward, once we get past the next few weeks, we will thoroughly look at our rules and see what can be done to avoid such situations from happening again. The Sal's NBL is on the rise and losing some of the competition's best players before the season has finished is not what the league, the fans or the viewers want," added Nelson.

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In short, the clubs have very beneficial, flexible contracts (basically hire them as independent contractors) - so they can terminate their agreements anytime without further pay.

And a lot of the types of imports who go down there aren't exactly going to be able to negotiate guaranteed/semi-guaranteed deals.

So what happens is basically, if a team is doing poor, and their season is over or almost over, the team will just terminate their ICA and send them home.

The cost of keeping the player and paying him in such situations outweighs the benefit of keeping him around (i.e you're not going to get more than what you're paying him by keeping him around).

I agree it does need to change. Unfortunately, there is such a huge wealth gap in the NZNBL now, you have teams like Wellington on one hand and the Mountain Airs on the other.

Part of me does sympathise with the smaller, more cash-strapped teams. Having been involved with the clubs, they do things awfully tough and actions such as these aren't by malice or because of greed - its because of real commercial difficulty.

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The problem in the Rangers' case was that payment was rumoured to be delayed, and the promise of future payment inspired future play (and further frustration). And there's the Green family saga involving a company going under (the news of which broke out mid-season, with Daniel on the Rangers and father Jeff coaching the team).

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