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07-16-2012, 12:10 PM
Stretch Factor
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From a fan's perspective (I know, fans aren't represented in the negotiations) I'd like to see a model that tries to achieve some of the following.

Big picture- successful teams are not punished for being successful and unsuccessful teams are helped as long as they are playing by the rules and doing everything they can to become successful.

1. A team that drafts and develops a player is given every opportunity to keep that player.
2. A player that plays well and earns his contract is given every opportunity to make as much money as the market will allow, with his drafting team getting the right to match the market. (basically a longer RFA period)
a. Rookie contracts are 5 years. Starts the day a player signs his contract. Teams keep draft rights for 3 years. Players not signed in 3 years go into a supplemental draft.
b. RFA for the next 5 years with a reduced penalty for offer sheet. Drafting team can match. Salaries limited on a scale similar to NFL franchise tag. This keeps big markets from throwing the sun and moon at young players.
c. UFA1 for the next 5 years. No maximum salary, drafting team gets a chance to match.
d. UFA2- no restrictions on term or dollars after player turns 33. Drafting team does not get the chance to match.
f. No trade/No movement clauses are gone until a player reaches 33 years old.

1.50-50 split between players and owners. (ALL team revenues would be made public.)
2. Threshold is set at the average of team spending, i.e. if total NHL payroll is $1.5B then the threshold is 30/$1.5B=$50m.
3. Stiff luxury tax of 3-1 for over the threshold teams.
4. Under threshold teams would share luxury tax revenue assuming they meet criteria determined by the league. Team revenue would have to factor in here so the system would be fair. Not every team would get the same amount of revenue sharing. All revenue sharing dollars must be spent on player salaries.
5. All national broadcast revenue is split evenly among 30 teams.
6. Teams come up for review once every five years. If they can't keep up with a pre-determined set of guidelines for competitiveness they can be taken over by the league and contracted or moved.

1.Trading teams can pay all or part of a traded player's salary. Does not count against threshold. This allows big names with bad contracts to go to small markets.

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