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CBA readjusts salary cap for upcoming season

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-06-08 16:22
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Guo Ailun (3rd L) of Liaoning Flying Leopards breaks through during the second game of the finals between Guangdong Southern Tigers and Liaoning Flying Leopards at the 2020-2021 season of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league in Zhuji, East China's Zhejiang province, April 29, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING - The Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league's salary cap is set to undergo some changes for the coming season.

For the 2020/21 season, the CBA introduced a salary cap for the first time in history. According to regulations released on Monday, for the 2021/22 season, each club's total salary for domestic players should be kept between 16 million RMB (around $2.5 million) and 44 million RMB (around $6.88 million), with a benchmark value of 24 million RMB (around $3.75 million). Any club with a total salary amount over 44 million RMB or below 16 million RMB will be charged.

Under the new pay structure, a domestic player cannot earn more than six million RMB (around $937,800), down from eight million RMB (around $1.25 million) last season.

Regarding foreign players, the league has lowered the salary cap from $7 million to $5 million, with a different ratio applied in charging the clubs in case of violation.

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