Why does Bettman wanna see a limit on contract lengths?
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11-12-2012, 01:20 PM
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I dont think this has been said yet but a big part of why the league wants the 5 year cap on salaries is to keep second salaries down. With a 5 year limit, the changes to UFA age and the increased ability to take players to arbitration they work to keep players leverage down. Teams cant buy up many of those UFA years when they are handing out contracts if the max length is 5 years. Players salaries will be forced down until they get closer to 28.
I can understand the reasoning of having a secondary contract maxed at 5 years but not a UFA. That's not necessary to put on a UFA. Apply a 5% variance across the board for all contracts and that should fix itself in terms of front loading contracts. Keep the restriction proposed previously that teams that sign long term contracts retain a portion of the caphit even if the trade the player. That should make an owner really evaluate how he values an individual player's talent and if he's willing to take on the risk, he should be free to make those commitments to the player.
Daly said that the PA hasn't shown any willingness to move towards the league regarding contracting issues. To me, that doesn't sound like the league is truly unwilling to bend at all on those issues, it seems to me that the league simply wants the PA to open dialogue on those issues rather than say we aren't going to do any of that. Just my opinion that 5 year contract max is an issue that be taken off the table but I think the 5% variance is the issue what they really want.
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