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09-11-2004, 07:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Russian Fan

YES. You provided the answer to that in your first post. A few owners are responsible for much of the losses. Those few owners have some of the highest salaries in the league and don't mind losing that money. The rest of the owners have to pay the going rate for players, and the going rate is set by people that don't mind losing money.

The CBA does not provide for any restriction on how much teams raise their salaries, and that obviously has an affect on all the other teams. So, like it or not, the CBA is at fault.

That being said, there are many ways a hard cap can be negotiated to take into consideration all the complaints that the greedy player supporters have voiced.

You want teams to be able to keep the players they drafted? Fine, allow for each team to have a $2M per year exception per player that can be used on up to 3 players that the team drafted. That should give them an edge in keeping their players, but the exception can't be used for another player until the contract expires. (if you use the $2M on a 3 year contract for player A, you can use the remaining 2 exceptions on other players, you don't get the 1st exception back until the contract for player A expires).

You want to make sure the owners don't get too much profit at the expense of the players? Just negotiate what are considered revenue streams, then set the players take to a percentage of those revenue streams. Then set limits on the owners profits: If the owners make over $400M combined, the players take increases 5%. If the owners profits drop under $100M, the players take decreases by 5%.

The only thing preventing a deal getting done is the players greed.

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