Trade (sports)#Trade deadline

As Trade Deadline or Trading Deadline is known primarily in U.S. sports to date, indicating the end of one transfer period. Up to the Trade Deadline, it is allowed clubs to commit or to transfer to other clubs players from other clubs. Thereafter, until the end of the season no player changes are possible. Players who were yet committed after the relevant date are no longer eligible to play in the rest of the season. There is one exception, should be hurt too many players of the new association. In many leagues, as well as in North America, transfers after the Trade Deadline, however, completely ruled out.

Connected to the day of the trade deadline is often an increased media presence, as often still high-profile players change in many leagues at the end of the transfer time the clubs.

The North American system, the trade deadline is in contrast to the European model with various transfer phases.

Trade deadlines in the different professional leagues


In Major League Baseball there are two trade deadlines. The so-called "non- waiver" Deadline is held annually on 31 July. After the break by the MLB All- Star Game, it 's up to the teams to decide which player to be delivered and who deny the rest of the season for the team. As in the MLB no salary cap was negotiated, especially smaller clubs often decide, players who are in the final year of their contract, as a free agent to indemnify. Thus, these clubs need their older players do not pay high salaries and instead commit young talents who can help the club in the future.

The MLB "waiver " Dead Line is terminated with 31 August. In contrast to the "non- waiver" Deadline players who will be put on the transfer list after this date must be actually delivered.


In the National Basketball Association, the trade deadline is just after the All-Star Game, which usually takes place in mid-February. About a week after the trade deadline, there is also the so-called roster deadline. Players that are committed after the roster deadline, though are for the regular season, but not eligible for the play- offs.


In the National Football League the date in the sixth week of the season is fixed, which is usually scheduled in mid-October. Unlike other U.S. professional leagues, the activity stops on the day of Trade Deadline limited, since most stars have previously changed the clubs.


In the National Hockey League, the Trade Deadline was traditionally set in mid-March. In the seasons 2006 /07 and 2007/ 08 but the deadline was already on February 26, and thus 40 instead of previously instead of 26 days before the end of the regular season. This new rule is defined in the current NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

In the final weeks before the NHL Trade Deadline, the transfer activity of many teams is again driven to provide a good starting position in the play- offs or even to achieve this yet. This means that key players and celebrities are often not transferred on the closing date or teams who want to reduce their salaries, leave expensive player in the last days of the transfer time. In addition, players whose expiring contracts will not be renewed and that would be so after the season for free agents, given in the last transfer window.

The NHL Trade Deadline calls annually produced a particularly strong interest and speculation among fans and media. Above all Canadian broadcasters such as TSN, Rogers Sportsnet and The Score devote the Trade Deadline sometimes even the whole day to report on the latest transfers and to analyze them.

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