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09-11-2004, 01:00 PM
Veni Vidi Toga
Join Date: Jul 2003
The overall player salary marketplace, is not the problem, it is the decisions owners have been making in the boardrooms that are the major problem.
Even if you have a hard cap, there will be a marketplace for salaries. THe same owners who currently must be saved from themselves will be negotiating them.
Whats great about the current CBA isnt that it is a free market, it is that it is an outstandingly wise marketplace that has been created. It is very difficult to come up with a fair system that overall exists in a market. THis CBA balances those two needs absoltely beautifully.
If the current equilibrium became out of whack, reset it with a one time 20% cut, and continue with the market at the right value.
The market for UFAs is a free market. The market for non-UFAs is not a free market. It is a highly regulated market, starting with a draft and a rookie cap, and escalations based on the starting value, not the market value. All RFAs are underpaid relative to the their worth on the open market.
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