Adam Silver: NBA is “Intellectual Property Creator”, Betting Fee is Very Fair

Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, was asked about the proposed 1% fee on sportsbooks who accept wagers on NBA games at the All-Star game last week. He had this to say:

So I’m not sure if your math is right, but let me just say that we’ve been asked by multiple jurisdictions for our point of view on how sports betting legislation should work, and right now there are roughly 20 States that are actively considering sports betting bills in anticipation of the Supreme Court overturning PASPA.

We created in our mind what a model bill should look like. What was included, to your point, in that model bill is a 1% fee, call it integrity fee, call it a royalty to the league.

I would only say from the NBA’s standpoint we will spend this year roughly $7.5 billion creating this content, creating these games. Those are total expenses for the season. So this notion that as the intellectual property creators that we should receive a 1% fee seems very fair to me.

Having said that, it’s what our view of a model bill was. We were happy to sit with legislators and look at the economics and talk about what is the best system? I will say what will come with legalized sports betting are enormous additional expenses for the league that go directly to integrity. Our ability to monitor that data, our ability to flag problem issues, trends around the league, enforcement, additional training.

So, again, we’ve never suggested that this is the only way to look at it. In fact, the 1% came directly from other jurisdictions outside the United States that used that very fee as the model for how leagues or content creators should be compensated for the use of their intellectual property.

But to the extent that we sit down and there are other ways and better ways to reach a fair result, we’re happy to have those discussions.

Lebron Wins MVP: All-Star Game Transcript

Team LeBron – 148, Team Stephen – 145

Q. We’ve been talking since the press conferences began about how much more effort and energy was into tonight. How much of that was changing up the format and having a Team LeBron and Team Steph? Could you have done this if it was still East versus West?
LEBRON JAMES: I mean, obviously, we don’t know that. We don’t know. But I think the format was great. I think the fans did a great job of reacting to it in a very positive way.

For me to be the captain of the team, Steph being the captain of his team and us doing that, that draft was something that hadn’t been done before. The great thing about our commissioner, he’s absolutely okay with trying something new, to change the format, and it definitely worked out for everybody. It worked out not only for the players, not only for the league, but for our fans, for everybody. It was a great weekend, and we capped it off the right way.

Q. When you look at the youngsters that’s coming in today and it seems like people always want to push out the older guys, do you take that as a challenge now that you’ve got the MVP Award? But do you take on the challenge of still playing at a high level?
LEBRON JAMES: Listen, I respect the younger guys, and I love them. My boys love them. They play with them in the video games. When they see them they’re always speaking to them. They’re the next crew, for sure. They’ve got to keep this thing going.

What I take pride in is taking care of my body. Taking care of my body. Making sure I’m available every night and continue to get better and better. I don’t really take it as a young guy, okay, I need to show him that I’m still able to do this. I need to continue to show myself, you know, because every night I step on the floor I have to lead my guys or prove to myself that I’m still able to play at a high level. I feel great.

Q. The format is still evolving. They said they might lean toward televising it next year, which I know you’re supportive of. They also said as of right now there is no rule against a player being a captain two years in a row. The inclination is if the fans want you to be captain again or Steph to be captain, they’ll let you do it again. Is it something you want to do again?
LEBRON JAMES: I’m not against it, that’s for sure. I had a heck of a time doing it in the conference call with Steph. We’re going to try to figure out ways we can continue to get better and better. But if we decided that, just like the coaches, you can’t be a coach of a team no matter if your team is number one the East or the West every year, they offset it every year.

So it would be great to see somebody else next year if they wanted to do that format or they wanted to keep it the same with the two top vote getters. Either or works for me. I’ve just got to play some good ball in the first half of the season next year to make sure I’m in Charlotte.

Q. LeBron, that step-back three from the left wing seems to be something in your bag that you’re going to late in games with more regularity. What is the origin of the shot? Any player you played with before give you any inspiration on it?
LEBRON JAMES: No, just something I kind of worked on in the summertime. And in order to get better with something you work on in the summertime you’ve got to try to implement it in practice and implement it into the game. Get more comfortable with it.

So we had a chance to actually take the lead before that possession, and Paul kind of got blocked by Embiid. Kyrie had a great tip-in. Russ kind of got his hand on it. We couldn’t get that, we fouled DeMar and he only made one out of two. So I’ve got Embiid on me, knowing that he’s going to give me a little space and I’m going to create a little bit more space once I get to that step- back. It just felt good when it left my hands.

Q. What are your thoughts on playing with Kyrie again, what was that like, and were you able to fall back into old habits and run any old sets you were able to run previously?
LEBRON JAMES: It was phenomenal. It was phenomenal. Anytime you’re able to get back and play with one of your old teammates, and as great as he is, we all know that. The flashiness, the ball handling, the ability to shoot, it was just great to get back on the floor with him. It was a great moment, for sure.

Q. Can you now divulge what your draft process was, your starting five? Can you now let us know who it was?
LEBRON JAMES: Yeah, I took Kevin first, then I took Anthony Davis, and I followed that with Kyrie and DeMarcus.

Q. Did you have fun with the GM process, and what advice did you get? Did you get some advice from your boys?
LEBRON JAMES: No, no, my boys didn’t give me no advice. But I know who they like to play with in the video games. But I know who I like watching. I know who I like watching and I had a draft board. I had a process. Some of it went to — it almost went according to plan. A couple of them fell through, but I was satisfied and happy with all the guys that I got.

Even with the four guys that got injured we were able to get four new guys that came in and played well for us.

Q. Where did you hide that draft board? It wasn’t in your locker room. Where was it at?
LEBRON JAMES: Ain’t none of your business, you’re going too far, man (laughing).

Q. When you look back on this weekend, what will stand out most to you about L.A. All-Star Weekend?
LEBRON JAMES: I think L.A. is a perfect place to host All-Star Weekend. It’s one of the few cities that we have in our league that can accommodate all of this. And when I mean all of this, you have over 200-plus countries that’s covering the game. You’ve got so many people from all over the world coming to watch our game and just be a part of All-Star Weekend. And we know the traffic. We understand that. But traffic is traffic and — but L.A. can accommodate that. It’s built for stars. It’s built for entertainment. It’s built for cameras and bright lights, and it’s a great place for it.

I hope everybody had a great weekend. I know I did. I know my family did. So it was a great weekend.

Q. LeBron, you won MVP of this game in 2006. To win again now, how is your approach to this game? How much energy do you want to expend? How has that evolved or not evolved over these years?
LEBRON JAMES: I don’t know, the last one I won?

Q. No, that was the first one.
LEBRON JAMES: Oh, the first one. I don’t know. I mean, I just always felt like I could be a part of this league and make a difference and make an impact. From my very first All-Star up until now, I just try to get better and better and not only show myself but show my peers and show everybody that I belong. It’s always been my fans who voted me in. For 14 straight years, my fans have voted me in as an All-Star starter, and it’s been up to me to go out and let them know and show them, listen, I appreciate that and here’s what I’m going to give to you every time you vote me in.

So it’s just a good time to be alive, I can tell you that, and play this game that I love, and also being able to have my family and my boys and my little girl, and to be able to see me doing what I’m doing at a high level right now and know what’s going on. So it’s pretty cool.

Q. LeBron, congratulations. Looking forward to the second half of the season, we know what your goal is. What would a fourth championship mean to you personally? What do you think a second championship would mean to the city of Cleveland?
LEBRON JAMES: Well, I mean, championships is what I play for, and along the way you’re able to have — if you’re able to have some accolades along the journey, then it’s really cool, and this is one of them. We have a lot of work to do. We just added four new guys before the break, and we have a lot of work to do.

So I really don’t like to think that too far ahead. But obviously winning championships is what it’s all about. That’s what this league is all about and hopefully at the end of the road then I have the Cavs there to actually compete for one, to be in a Finals representing the East.

So that’s my goal. Getting back. I’m looking forward to getting back to our guys. I know they’re excited, and that’s going to be my mindset. But we’ll see what happens.

Q. Can you walk us through that play you guys had with about 30 seconds back to take the lead? Dwane said it was set up initially but then you guys improvised the end?
LEBRON JAMES: Yeah, it actually did. I was taking the ball out, and then we had two crossers at the top to just get the defense moving. Then we wanted to get it to Russ. Russ being so dynamic in his ability to break down defenses, we wanted to get it to him. Russ was able to make one move, they switched, and Russ kind of was left up in the air. He was able to hit Kyrie on the baseline, and playing with Kyrie for so many games, you know, if I just make myself available, you know, we would find me.

He found me and I was able to make the left-hand lay-up over Draymond. So you have plays, but then sometimes you have to improvise when it breaks down, and we were able to do that. That’s the beauty of being on the floor with a bunch of All-Stars. It doesn’t always work that way, but when you have All-Stars with guys with high IQ and guys that want to play the game and play the game the right way, it works out for the best

Friday, February 16 College Basketball Report

Weekly report on who plays the fastest, who plays the slowest, who is the best on offense and defense, and who is the worst.

Fastest Paced Teams in College Basketball

School, Possessions per Game
Savannah St., 83.4
The Citadel, 79.6
Oklahoma, 77.4
Marshall, 76.9
Lipscomb, 76.6
Nicholls St., 76.5

Slowest Paced Teams in College Basketball

School, Possessions per Game
Virginia, 61
Holy Cross, 63.9
Saint Mary’s, 64
Texas St., 64.1
Wisconsin, 64.4

Best Offense in College Basketball

School, Points per Possession
Villanova, 1.23
Duke, 1.23
Saint Mary’s, 1.21
Gonzaga, 1.2
Michigan St., 1.19
Wichita St., 1.18

Worst Offense in College Basketball

School, Points per Possession
Northwestern St., 0.86
Coppin St., 0.86
Alabama A&M, 0.88
Chicago St., 0.88
Longwood, 0.89

Best Defense in College Basketball

School, Points per Possession
Cincinnati, 0.84
Virginia, 0.86
Grand Canyon, 0.89
Texas Tech, 0.89
New Mexico St., 0.92
UCF, 0.93

Worst Defense in College Basketball

School, Points per Possession
USC Upstate, 1.23
Chicago St., 1.22
Delaware St., 1.19
Maryland Eastern Shore, 1.18
North Florida, 1.18

Kansas Basketball: Bill Self News Conference Transcript

Q. AP, not that you care about rankings, have you 13, and the mock selection show had you as a No. 2 seed. Which one do you think is closer?
BILL SELF: I’ll be honest. I don’t know that we played to either one of them here in the last couple weeks. I mean, I would say right now, I should be probably happy with both of those, to be honest.

I think we have a chance to certainly solidify and maybe improve on at least our ranking. It would be hard to improve on a 2 seed. That’s not going to happen.

That’s the best we could probably hope for. We have also opportunity to definitely slide based on who our opponents are coming up.

I don’t think it means much. With the Selection Committee, and I haven’t studied what they did, but so much of that is taken with strength of schedule in mind, I’m sure. With the rankings, I think so much of that, even though it is taken with that, but more that’s based on wins and losses.

I don’t know which is more accurate or whatnot. I know right now we should be happy with both of those.

Q. They did the quadrants, quadrant one, quadrant two.
BILL SELF: I didn’t really study it. There’s four quadrants, right?

Q. Where you play, neutral, home, road.
BILL SELF: Are you talking about throughout the season?

Q. Yes. Is that something you look at?
BILL SELF: No, I haven’t really studied it. Let’s say you go by the RPI, which is fine. A top 50 win at home used to get you more Brownie points than a top 60 road win. They’ve skewed that now, which I think is a great idea. Maybe a top 75 road win is the equivalent of a top 40 home win. I think that’s what you’re talking about.

To kind of get a better understanding, there’s value placed on winning away from home.

Q. What is a harder matchup: West Virginia’s press, Baylor’s length?
BILL SELF: Obviously we haven’t been unbelievably great against either. Baylor just hurt us with their zone in Waco. We didn’t play very well. But West Virginia also has made us look pretty foolish with their pressure, too.

I think they’re different. Certainly both of them, if you’re not prepared, can give you a lot of problems. The one that probably sticks out to me the most is West Virginia’s pressure. So much of attacking is zone. You got to attack it right, you got to do some things, you need to make some shots. Length definitely affects that.

Baylor’s length is good, but it’s not like it used to be. They’re long, but they’re not near as long at 6’10” with Anthony Jones on the wing. They’re not that long now.

I still think, when you think of different styles in our league, the one that jumps out to everybody, is West Virginia.

Q. Talk about Cole’s development from his freshman year to when he left. When you recruited him, did you think this jersey retirement (indiscernible)?
BILL SELF: I promise you when we recruited him, I didn’t think about hanging a jersey or hanging his number in the rafters.

Cole got off to a slow start here. But he was playing behind Sasha, Darnell and Shady. Had his coming out party in the NCAA tournament, basically at the Final Four. From that point, I don’t know that we’ve ever had anybody improve more over a span of two years. He goes from that point, happy to get in a game, to being a Second Team All-American in less than 12 months. He had an unbelievable run here his sophomore and junior year. Of course, he was a defensive presence, as well. He did it right on and off the court, being an Academic All-American and everything.

Him getting his honor on Saturday, and Sherron getting it on Monday, those are two guys that I will take a ton of pride in this because I know how much they both love this place, I know how much this place changed them.

Q. Is there sort of a Batman and Robin?
BILL SELF: Yeah, I think so. We were talking about that ’08 team. The second team on that had two guys that are getting their jerseys retired that didn’t play. Sherron played quite a bit, but he obviously didn’t start. Then of course Cole.

If you were to put others on there, Morningstar, Reed, Case, Stewart, whatnot, you could put together a pretty good team with that ’08 team.

I had seven NBA players on that particular team. They were kind of Batman and Robin. Cole won’t like hearing this, but if that’s the case, Sherron was definitely Batman and Cole was a sidekick (laughter). Sherron pretty much ran things here his last couple years.

Q. Did that have anything to do with putting their retirements so close together?
BILL SELF: No. Well, yeah, it did have something to do with it because they’re close. We’re honoring the ’08 team, the guys that can make it back. That’s the perfect time for Cole to come because it’s All-Star break, so he’s off. Then Sherron wanted to do it at a time where Cole could be there for his deal, too.

Cole and some of the guys will stick around to see Sherron’s, as well. That was the best way they could do it, to be honored by their teammates.

Q. You had a bunch of past stars come back. Do you think having the guys from ’08 visit, meet with the guys you have now, be a bit of a boost?
BILL SELF: Maybe. I don’t know. We haven’t set up a meeting time or anything like that. I doubt there will be an opportunity to before the game. Maybe after the game there could be.

Mario and Brandon and Darnell we don’t think are going to be able to make it back. Darnell is overseas. He doesn’t think he can make it. Mario I think is going to be out of the country. Brandon, I’m not sure exactly what the situation is. We haven’t got a final on him.

There will be some guys. Russell is playing in Macedonia, overseas. There will be some guys that can’t be here, but certainly the vast majority of them will be.

I don’t know if it will be an opportunity for them to sit down and talk with our players. I haven’t thought that through at all. I think sometimes we make a bigger deal out of some things.

Our players have all been around these guys that are coming bark, spent time with them in the summers. Tyrel Reed, three days a week, Sherron every game. It’s not like they don’t get an opportunity to see these guys.

Q. When you put Cole in the tournament game, were you confident he would do what he did?
BILL SELF: Yeah, I remember back to April 6, 2008, exactly what my thought process was. Hey, I want to give this guy some confidence right now (smiling).

Q. Were you confident he would do what he did?
BILL SELF: Yeah, he was going against Tyler Hansbrough, so obviously I was 100% confident he would out play the national Player of the Year, a guy that hadn’t played at all (laughter).

I don’t remember what I was thinking. But he obviously did a great job and was probably as good a big man as there was in the game that day.

Q. Were you surprised how he did perform?
BILL SELF: In that game?

Q. Yes.
BILL SELF: Yeah, probably. I mean, I guess. I haven’t watched that game film for at least two or three months now (smiling). No, I’m joking, I haven’t seen it in years.

He did play great. He did play great. I think he did, like, eight points and seven rebounds, something like that. He was great. But I certainly didn’t anticipate that going into the game, that we knew we could rely on that.

Q. Marcus obviously has some things he needs to work on offensively. Seems like your team has been better recently when he’s been in. What do you see from him?
BILL SELF: He made a play the other night that nobody’s played all year, nobody’s made all year for us. He’s guarding a good offensive player, but he knows exactly how far he should dive. He waited for him to bounce it, took it on the first bounce or second bounce.

He does some things like that nobody else has done, for the most part, except for Devonte’. Devonte’ will make plays like that.

I think it is comforting to know you can put a guy that’s not going to score a lot of points in the game, and your plus-minus is more positive than it is when he’s not in the game.

If anybody is making mistakes with Marcus, it’s me, because I don’t think I’m having him out there long enough spurts. He’s averaging about 20 a game. In a lot of those games he’s been one of our better performers.

Q. Playing with purpose and urgency, does that negate the need to play with desperation?
BILL SELF: Does it negate it? I don’t think we need to play with desperation. I think we need to play with urgency, purpose and focus, that stuff. It’s a long season. I don’t think you start playing with desperation in February. I could be wrong.

I don’t think that’s the way you want to play it. That makes people tight. Our guys should be focusing on enjoying each other, having fun, playing for each other, not worrying about being the 14th year in a row. They don’t need to worry about that.

They need to focus in on getting better, worrying about trying to win one for themselves this year, not worrying about trying to carry on a tradition for others.

Hopefully that will be the case. It may be the elephant in the room. Me visiting with these guys, I don’t feel it being the reason we play poorly at times because they have that stress. Now, there’s stress obviously. Usually when you stress, it’s from pressing. Our problems have been pressing at times, but when we haven’t played well recently, it’s been from the total opposite of that.

The lack of urgency or the lack of desperation is probably not the term I’d use. I guess every game there are desperation moments. I don’t think we played to that as well as we should.

Q. We asked you a lot about Devonte’ and his value, his minutes. What aspect of his season has impressed you most to this point?
BILL SELF: This is not a knock to our other guys. I don’t know if I’ve ever been around a team where a guy gets less help, but from a playing standpoint. I’m not putting down anybody. From talking, from ownership, from coaching others. He is doing it all. He has shown as much leadership this year to me as what anybody we’ve had here do. He’s Aaron Miles, but he’s getting 17 a game. That’s how I look at it.

That’s not a knock to the other guys’ playing ability. But if you look at it, Malik doesn’t speak, Svi doesn’t speak, Lagerald doesn’t speak, Doke doesn’t speak when they’re out there.

This is Devonte’s personality that’s basically getting us through the intangible things. Doesn’t mean he’s going to play well, but certainly from an intangible standpoint he’s as good as we’ve ever had here.

Q. When you host College Game Day, does is change routine, atmosphere or energy at all?
BILL SELF: It probably does, but we’ll hopefully not let it. To me, a lot of times teams get caught up in that, the all-day-long infomercial. You kind of get out of character of who you are. You probably spend too much energy in the day when you should be conserving it for later.

We won’t make a big deal out of it at all. There won’t be anything our players do, at least based on what I’ve been told, that’s any different from a normal routine on game day. We might do stuff on Friday that’s a little bit different. For the most part, if it’s anybody on game day, it will probably be on me.

Q. With Lagerald and Malik on an uptick, Silvio with some good minutes, Doke’s production, how do you feel about this team being able to push its ceiling up moving forward?
BILL SELF: I do think that. I think if you looked at us back in December, late November at times, you thought the team had a ridiculously high ceiling. I do not feel we have played to that. When we were playing to that, it’s primarily because our five starters were playing well, we were shooting the ball well.

If you look at it here of late, and you’re exactly right with Malik and Lagerald and Doke, but Svi and Devonte’ go 6 of 26 against Iowa State. Three of our four best shooters go 2 for 19 against Baylor.

You could see that the ceiling is still pretty high if we can get everybody on the same page and playing well. I mean, my thoughts have always been the same. We got a chance to be in every game. We got a chance to win every game. Why should we settle for anything less than that.

The reality is, I think there’s potential to play a lot better than we have in the last two or three weeks without question, if we can just get everybody playing well at the same time.

It’s amazing to me that we’ve won some games. If you said we were going to go to Ames, those two would go 6 of 26, we would have no shot, at least the thinking would be. It is some positives that when we don’t do some things well, other people have stepped up.

Q. Going to give Huggs anything to wear?
BILL SELF: No, nothing to wear. Maybe something to drink. Definitely nothing to wear.

No, I’m joking.

Q. When Zach does what he does the first 10 minutes, how does that affect the confidence of your players?
BILL SELF: We haven’t talked about that. They weren’t all smart plays, but that’s on me. I said, Hey, take it right at him every time. Of course, we did, and he blocked everything.

Still the mindset was to be aggressive. You’d much rather have a player be aggressive and maybe make a not very smart play than have a player be timid or tentative. I didn’t think we were, trying to go at him.

He has emerged as one of the best big guys in the country, not just in our league, probably has been as dominant as anybody from a defensive standpoint, him and (indiscernible). It’s very impressive how he’s improved.

Q. Has Malik become more dynamic offensively?
BILL SELF: Dynamic, yeah. He’s been more versatile I think in not settling to just shooting the ball. He is driving it more, without question, yeah. He’s doing a good job of taking contact and finger plays much better.

Q. You always talk about how he can always go and get a shot. Is that what you mean?
BILL SELF: Not really. When I thought about him going to get a shot, I thought of him usually off two feet. But he’s become a good guy getting to the hole in halfcourt offense. It hasn’t been as good in transition, as you guys can remember. But in halfcourt offense, he’s done a really good job of getting to the basket, really good, as good as anybody that we’ve had.

Q. That pitbull you got out of Chicago and brought to Kansas, what did he turn into, what did he mean to this program?
BILL SELF: Sherron, you could say maybe Josh, but I think Sherron is the best basketball player we’ve recruited since we’ve been here. You talk about a guy that can get his own, he can set anybody up, he thinks the game, his IQ is ridiculous, he’s tougher than anybody. I just thought he was a fabulous, fabulous guard.

Obviously his knees kind of failed him towards the end. He had a hard time keeping his weight off. But he worked at it so hard, to do that. But I don’t think we had recruited anybody, and still haven’t, that could make just basketball plays the way that he could, have the IQ and the intellect to go out and do that.

It’s kind of sad for him, but the best thing that happened to us was him getting hurt. It allowed Russell to start, then Sherron understood it was best for the team for Russell to keep starting when he came back.

It would be hard not to start a guy that is your leading scorer, second leading scorer, unless he had gotten injured. When he needed knee surgery, it kind of put Russell in the situation that, hey, I got an opportunity, I don’t want to mess it up. His play elevated, then Sherron, all he did was accept the role he had.

I always respect that about guys. When you talk about as talented a player that you recruited, it’s best for his team not to start till he was a junior, it would be hard for a lot of guys to stomach. But he handled it fine. He was terrific.

Tuesday NBA: Atlanta at Milwakee

Atlanta Hawks +7.5 at Milwaukee Bucks Total: 208

Atlanta, fresh of a surprise win over the surging Detroit Pistons, head to Milwaukee on Tuesday to face off against the Bucks. Atlanta is currently a 7.5 underdog to Milwaukee. The Bucks return home after a 91-85 loss to the Miami Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpolis scored 23 points in the loss, with point guard Eric Bledsoe adding 19.

The Hawks are scoring 104 points per game so far this season, en route to a 18-39 record overall and a 29-26-2 record against the spread. Atlanta has given up 108.1 PPG, and are 27-29-1 on totals at this point in the season. On defense, the Hawks have held their opponents to a 47.3% field goal percentage, 37.6% from three point land. They are creating 15.3 turnovers per game , and blocking 5.3 shots per game. Their assist to turnover ratio is 1.61. The Hawks are shooting 45.1% from the field so far this season, with a 37% success rate from beyond the three point line. Their overall rebound percentage is 48.5%; its offense rebound rate is 22.2% with the defense collecting 75.1% of their opponent’s misses. The Hawks are shooting 79.7% at the free throw line this year.

Milwaukee is 31-24 on the season, averaging 104.4 points per game while giving up 104.3. They are 25-25-5 against the spread, with their over/under record 27-26-2. When their opponents have the ball, the Bucks are allowing 46.4% shooting from the field, including 36.2% from the three point line. Its defensive rebounding rate off those misses is 77%, and the team is averaging 6.9 steals and 4 blocks per game so far this season. On offense, the Bucks are shooting 47.8% from the field, including 35% from deep. Their free throw percentage so far this season is 77.3%, and they have gotten rebounds off their own misses 19.2% of the time. Milwaukee has turned the ball over 13 times per game this year, and have seen their shots blocked an average of 5.2 times per game.

Scott Boras’s Clients Remain Unsigned. Other Free Agents Heading Off to Spring Training

Heath Cummings, Fantasy Sports Writer for CBS Sports, had this interesting tweet this morning:

Boras has a history of waiting until the last minute before his clients sign. His patience typically pays off. However, this year has a different feel. Teams are showing they can be just as patient as Boras. Some are claiming collusion, others are saying it’s just the growing wisdom of MLB teams who now understand the dangers of signing elite athletes to long term contracts.

Unsigned free agents will be able to prepare for the season at a spring training camp set up by the MLB Players Association. The camp will be held at IMG Academy in Bradenton Florida.

Boras’s clients will not appear, however.

Players represented by Boras include JD Martinez, Jake Arrieta, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, and Gregg Holland.

Free Agents (updated February 12)


A.J. Ellis (37)
Jonathan Lucroy (32)
Carlos Ruiz (39)
Geovany Soto (35)
Chris Stewart (36)

First Basemen

Chris Carter (31)
Lucas Duda (32)
Eric Hosmer (28)
John Jaso (34)
Adam Lind (34)
Tyler Moore (31)
Logan Morrison (30)
Mike Napoli (36)
Mark Reynolds (34)
Danny Valencia (33)

Second Basemen

Nick Franklin (27)
Cliff Pennington (34)
Brandon Phillips (37)
Chase Utley (39)
Neil Walker (32)


Erick Aybar (34)
Stephen Drew (35)
J.J. Hardy (35)
Eduardo Nunez (31)

Third Basemen

Yunel Escobar (35)
Conor Gillaspie (30)
Mike Moustakas (29)
Eduardo Nunez (31)
Cliff Pennington (34)
Jhonny Peralta (36)
Brandon Phillips (37)
Trevor Plouffe (32)

Left Fielders

Melky Cabrera (33)
Rajai Davis (37)
Jarrod Dyson (33)
Andre Ethier (36)
Franklin Gutierrez (35)
Chris Heisey (33)
Jon Jay (33)
Adam Lind (34)
Cameron Maybin (31)
Eduardo Nunez (31)
Alex Presley (32)
Colby Rasmus (31)
Ben Revere (30)
Michael Saunders (31)
Jayson Werth (39)
Chris B. Young (34)

Center Fielders

Rajai Davis (37)
Jarrod Dyson (33)
Carlos Gomez (32)
Jon Jay (33)
Cameron Maybin (31)
Alex Presley (32)

Right Fielders

Jose Bautista (37)
Melky Cabrera (33)
Carlos Gonzalez (32)
John Jaso (34)
Jon Jay (33)
J.D. Martinez (30)
Alex Presley (32)
Michael Saunders (31)
Seth Smith (35)
Ichiro Suzuki (44)
Jayson Werth (39)

Designated Hitters

Jose Bautista (37)
Chris Carter (31)
Matt Holliday (38)
Logan Morrison (30)
Mike Napoli (36)

Starting Pitchers

Brett Anderson (30)
Jake Arrieta (32)
Clay Buchholz (33)
Trevor Cahill (30)
Andrew Cashner (31)
Jesse Chavez (34)
Alex Cobb (30)
R.A. Dickey (43)
Scott Feldman (35)
Jaime Garcia (31)
Matt Garza (34)
A.J. Griffin (30)
Jeremy Hellickson (31)
Drew Hutchison (27)
Ubaldo Jimenez (34)
John Lackey (39)
Francisco Liriano (34)
Jeff Locke (30)
Lance Lynn (31)
Wade Miley (31)
Ricky Nolasco (35)
Jake Peavy (37)
Anibal Sanchez (34)
Hector Santiago (30)
Chris Smith (37)
Chris Tillman (30)
Jason Vargas (35)
Edinson Volquez (34)

Right-Handed Relievers

Matt Belisle (38)
Joaquin Benoit (40)
Trevor Cahill (30)
Jesse Chavez (34)
Josh Collmenter (32)
Tyler Clippard (33)
Jason Grilli (41)
Greg Holland (32)
Jason Motte (36)
Peter Moylan (39)
Tyler Pill (28)
Chad Qualls (39)
Trevor Rosenthal (28)
Shae Simmons (27)
Drew Storen (30)
Huston Street (34)
Carlos Torres (35)
Koji Uehara (43)

Left-Handed Relievers

Fernando Abad (32)
Jorge De La Rosa (37)
Francisco Liriano (34)
Eric O’Flaherty (33)
Oliver Perez (36)
Robbie Ross (29)
Kevin Siegrist (28)
Tony Watson (32)