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10-06-2011, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by DUHockey9 View Post
Let me try using a chart...and even simpler numbers:
$200 yearly cap and the season is 10 days long = $20 a day "daily limit"

You're spending $19 a day on your team.

Day 1 2 3 4 5
Spent 19 19 19 19 19
Daily Limit 20 20 20 20 20

So at this point, halfway through the year, you've spent $95 dollars of your $200 yearly cap. That leaves you with $105 left to spend over the next 5 days. That equates to $21 a day.

Day 6 7 8 9 10
Spent 21 21 21 21 21
Daily Limit 20 20 20 20 20

So if you simply look at the daily figures, we are "over" for 5 days. But if you add up 19+19+19+19+19+21+21+21+21+21 it comes to $200.

And if we had waited even LONGER than 5 days before deciding to spend our remaining money, we could have spent even more per day, because we are dividing remaining money, by less days. This is proration, and this is how it can APPEAR that someone exceeds a daily cap, when in reality, they are merely spending all of their alloted $200, just spread out differently. So if I DON'T spend money early, I "bank" it, to spend it later. You can't however just go and start spending $21 a day right off the bat and intend to be under it later.
That's not how it works. The Daily amount you get to spend never changes. Regardless of how much Cap space you bank. Here's how proration works. Using your 20 dollars a day example. A player who costs 3 dollars a day at the start of the Season, later in the Season costs less to add such as at the trade deadline. That player may only cost $1.25 at that time. That's how proration costs. That's how teams are able to fit in a higher Cap hit player later in the year. The amount you get to spend per day, doesn't change. There are also other issues such as tagging space that come into play if your adding a player on a multi year deal versus a player on an expiring contract.

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