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09-11-2004, 01:00 PM
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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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